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    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...

    Legal Processing Outsourcing – Do You Need It? – Do You Want It?

    One of the latest trends in the legal practice is outsourcing some of the work to outside firms and overseas companies. With legal fees at most firms ranging from $300 to $1,000 per hour, clients seeking to reduce costs may welcome the use of personnel...

    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...

    Making Your Work Hours Fit Your Lifestyle

    You like to rise with the roosters rather than burn the midnight oil. Is this acceptable? What if everyone else works late? Will this affect your career? Not everyone lives – or works – on the same schedule. Gone are the days of 9-to-5...

    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...

    Outsourcing of Legal Work-How Serious Is It?

    The practice of law would seem to be one of the few areas that is safe from the outsourcing trends that have had such a profound affect on American business. That’s no longer the case. According to the New York Law Journal : “Outsourcing...

    More Thoughts About How Lawyers Should be Trained

    Regular readers may recall my strong belief that young lawyers do not learn in law school the fundamentals of what they need to know to practice law. In contrast to doctors, who put in years of residency, hospital and clinic work and other apprenticeships...

    Universities as Legal Clients: What Can They Do?

    In Building a Better Legal Profession's recent post, "Universities Can Put Their Money Where Their Mouth Is," we talked about the fact that universities, big buyers of legal services, have lots of institutional reasons to think about...

    Career Planning: Is Solo Practice Right for You?

    In our continuing focus on career planning, we will now evaluate whether Solo Practice is a viable consideration. Previously we discussed the evaluation of your career goals, overview of career planning considerations, choosing the proper setting, and...

    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...

    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...

    A New Look at Your J.D.-Aligning Your Career with Your Passions

    You’re living your dream—you secured your law degree, passed the bar and are now working at a prestigious law firm. That’s a tremendous accomplishment. However, if the demands of the billable-hour environment have dampened your enthusiasm...

    Dressing Appropriately for Work

    We've all heard the saying, "Don't ever judge a book by its cover," but in the job search and in the professional world, that adage doesn't apply. First impressions matter and the way people dress says a lot about them, from how...

    A Nuts-and-Bolts Guide to Creating and Implementing a Personal Business Plan

    You're bright, talented with big ambitions for the future. Perhaps you want to make partner or start your own IP boutique. Or, maybe you see yourself leading the legal team of a global technology company. Whatever your dream— modest or bold—you'll...

    How do Lawyers REALLY Learn to Practice Law?

    What's missing from the law school curriculum in most cases? Lawyering skills. Anyone who has endured grilling by a law prof as a first year knows most of what's taught in law school is theoretical, not practical. The New York Times recently asked...

    Professor Bowman on Interviewing Techniques

    Professor Greg W. Bowman gave a talk at Mississippi College School of Law on interviewing techniques. The video is available online here at the Mississippi School of Law website. According to Professor Bowman’s blog, he has used these techniques...

    Mentor Relationship. . . All Important

    The concept of the Mentor has been around for a long time. (An upscale magazine by that title was published in the United States a century ago.) Just what is a mentor, as that term has come to be understood, and what part can a mentor relationship play...

    Bridging the Generational Divide

    Cultural translator and generational expert Lynne C. Lancaster has written an interesting article on generation gaps in law firms and how firms can actively manage expectations in ways that can bridge those gaps. After anecdotally identifying some of...

    Business Casual, Outside Events and other "Dressing" Dilemmas

    Earlier this summer we teamed up with Shauna of Bryce Legal , and author of How to Get a Legal Job to share best practices on attire in the office as a summer associate . Today she helps us tackle the tough decisions to be made around what to wear to...

    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...

    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...

    CW on Splitting the Summer

    Summer is winding down, so that means that if you are a “splitter,” you’re settling in at your second firm. What’s conventional wisdom on the practice? Lynne Traverse, a recruiting and professional development manager at Bryan...

    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...

    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...

    Law Firm Associations

    This section comprises listings of networks of law firms, usually international in scope. Many have been established for the joint practice of law, others to collect information, publish, sponsor seminars, and serve as a source of referrals. Basic...