LexisNexis® Legal Newsroom
    Continuing Legal Education

    State Requirements Thirty-four states now require that attorneys take continuing legal education (CLE) courses in order to retain their license to practice law. Attorneys in these states are required, on average, to complete from 12 to 15 credit...

    Finding a Job in the Legal Profession in this Tough Economy

    As a new grad fresh out of law school and looking for a job, I don't need to tell you how tough it is to figure out where the opportunities exist that could work for you. In fact part of the trick of a good job search is to figure out the answer to...

    Is There a Silver Lining to Delayed Start Dates?

    By now you’ve probably heard about the delayed start dates at some of the biggest U.S. firms. Could it be a harbinger of better days ahead? According to an article on Above the Law, short term pain could mean long term gain for associates . Following...

    Ways to Stand Out at Your Firm

    Although you probably aren’t the only smart, talented, hard-working summer associate at your firm—and hiring trends have moderated—you can take steps to stand out and maximize your chances of securing an offer. Firms recommend that you...

    Gas at $4.00 Per Gallon – How to Cope

    You just graduated law school or opened the door to your new law firm. The price of getting back and forth to the office may be higher than what you may earn in those first few weeks, or months. How do you cope? The Law School Graduate Passing...

    The Change from Law Student to Lawyer

    The transition from law student to lawyer can be tricky. There are unwritten rules that no one tells you. The old rule of thumb was “don’t burn down the firm and you’ll get an offer/get work/keep your job. Times have changed and firms...

    Tips to Take Back to Law School

    How much have you learned during the summer? You likely developed techniques for: Drafting specific kinds of documents Working with a variety of attorneys, adapting to their styles and meeting their requirements Juggling firm social...

    How Makeup can Boost Your Career Credibility

    Career women-if you want to be taken more seriously on the job or in interviews, a Harvard study suggests wearing makeup. The value of being attractive and looking good has never been questioned, but now research shows it is also linked to credibility...

    Standout Resume and Interviewing Skills for New Attorneys

    Forget what you thought you knew about the job search. Resume writing and interviewing has taken on a dramatic new importance in today’s economic meltdown. The pressure of creating the ideal documents and presentation is considerable, especially...

    Inside Baseball and Orwell’s 6 Rules for Clear Writing

    " Inside baseball " refers to using jargon, specialized knowledge, acronyms, first names instead of full names, or other such things when speaking and writing. Using shorthand of this sort is simply more efficient when among friends, colleagues...

    Future of the Legal Industry: Insights from Indiana University Law Professor William Henderson

    On alternative billing practices, how law students are dealing with the stress of the current economy and focusing legal education on skill building. Indiana University Professor of Law William Henderson’s comments following the Future of the...

    Rookie Mistakes to Avoid as an Associate: Failing To Pay Attention To Detail

    "At my first law firm, I assisted in preparing a number of documents as part of a transactional filing for one of the firm's largest clients. In reciting the company name, I did not insert a comma before the 'LLC,' though I was told that...

    How Do You Learn to Be a Lawyer?

    Until our modern era, most lawyers learned their profession by apprenticing themselves to practicing lawyers, learning from them by watching and doing. Today doctors still train that way. They put in years of residency as part of their training. They...

    Resources for Unemployed Attorneys

    Multiple resources exist to assist unemployed members of the bar. Here are a few to get you started on your quest for dealing with current realities and landing a new position: American Bar Association State Bar of Georgia New York State Bar Association...

    Tips for New Attorneys about the Business Side of The Practice

    How appropriate this week as the nation (if not the world) honors the memory of a great curmudgeon in CBS's Andy Rooney, that Attorney at Work has a post by its own killjoy Otto Sorts . It deals with an old codger's advice to the younger members...

    The Skills and Attitude You Need to Advance Your Legal Career

    I recently had the opportunity of being asked to do a workshop in Boston through a Massachusetts State Bar Association affiliate. The topic was "Legal Skills and Attitude Needed to Advance Your Career." The group was comprised of displaced/unemployed...

    How Much Time Should You Spend Preparing for Class as a 1L?

    I've been getting a lot of questions lately about a common 1L concern: How much time should you spend getting ready for class? It's going to vary a bit, of course, depending on how much reading your professor assigns in each class, but we can...

    Congrats Kathleen Sullivan. It's About Time!

    According to a March 11, 2010 report from Above the Law and the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, Kathleen Sullivan is the first woman to become a named partner of an AmLaw 100 firm. This followed Quinn Emanuel's announcement that it...

    Is the American Dream now the Impossible Dream? For Law Grads, Time Will Weather the Impossible.

    To dream the impossible dream ... To bear the unbearable sorrow . Those are the lyrics to the song "Impossible Dream" (preferably the Elvis version), the two lines illustrating the bookends of our current economic woes. Impossible dreams and...

    Pursuing a Career in Legal Academia

    Legal academia is one of those careers that seems unreachable, both because of how competitive it is-generally requiring impeccable grades from a top school and published scholarship to even be considered-and how little information is out there on pursuing...

    Writing Tips for New Lawyers and Law Students

    My legal writing professor opened the class with these prophetic words, "If lawyers got paid by the word, we'd all be wealthy. But we don't, and we're not." As attorneys, we have a habit of using longer, complicated words when we...

    How I Prepared for the Bar Exam

    People keep asking for advice on how to prepare for the bar exam, so I thought it might be useful to write about how I studied for the bar. Naturally, I can't necessarily recommend that you prepare in the same way, but I'll tell you what I was...

    Landing a Great Job

    Whether you are looking for your first summer associate position, or are about to graduate, LexisNexis® has the resources to help you connect with legal professionals, uncover the right job opportunities, and stand apart from other candidates in your...

    Beware of Unpaid Legal Internships

    Jobs are scarce, but labor is plentiful. Given these skewed market forces, unpaid internships have proliferated across all sectors over the past few years, and the legal profession is certainly no exception. A simple Craigslist search reveals that a surprising...

    Embrace the Changes in Opportunities for New Lawyers in 2012 and Beyond

    As I provide career consultations to young lawyers, from recent graduates to newly-minted partners, I am often asked if opportunities have changed since the onset of the economic recession in late 2007. The answer is an unqualified - yes. The practice...