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    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Billable Hour Transforms the Legal Profession

    To say that the billable hour has transformed the legal profession is no exaggeration. Though one might quibble over whether its widespread adoption triggered or merely accelerated a sea change in the way law is practiced, its effect is undeniable. But...

    The Art of the Informational Interview

    We're looking at the many networking opportunities available to law students and lawyers, including formal events, social networking sites, and volunteer organizations. But once you've expanded your network of contacts, how do you take the next...

    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...

    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...

    Grit and a Growth Mindset

    There seems to be a general lament among the elder generation of lawyers in regards to the quality of new law school graduates. Simultaneously, there is also a cacophony of complaints from recent law school graduates about the general state of the legal...

    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...

    Getting and Keeping Your First Law Job

    The most basic skills everyone needs to know when searching for, interviewing for and holding a job in the legal profession. The Lexis Hub for New Attorneys exists to provide you with career tips and information to ease your transition from legal education...

    Attitude Adjustment for New Lawyers

    There was an article in the Wall Street Journal a while ago entitled, "Teaching Doctors to Be Nicer." The thrust of the article was that medical schools have a "hidden curriculum," defined as "the negative messages medical...

    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...

    Networking Forever

    I ended last month having shot myself in the foot after killing a job offer from my 2L summer firm with my counteroffer. As we all know, dead offers can’t be revived and the no-counteroffer rule proved to be very much alive. I was out of a job and...

    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...

    Law Schools Adopting Skills-based Legal Education

    Recently on the Lexis Hub for New Attorneys, we discussed the ways law schools will adapt to the decrease in available positions for new attorneys in the wake of the economic downturn. We mentioned the practical legal education curriculum recently implemented...

    Competition in Law School

    Ok! First semester of Law School down, only a million to go! I am sure part time students know how I feel. The surprising thing about Law School is that it is not at all what I imagined. Of course it is hard work, which I assumed, and time consuming...

    How Will Law Schools Adjust to Diminished Job Prospects for Graduates?

    Over the past year, the nation’s top 250 Law Firms decreased in size by 5,259 attorneys. This 4-percent drop is the largest since the National Law Journal began keeping such statistics 32 years ago. These figures reveal the dramatic toll that the...

    What’s Ahead for Lawyers After the Recession

    A senior reporter for the North Carolina Lawyers Weekly called me recently. She was writing an article titled "Career Progressions and Stages of Lawyer Development." We spent 45 minutes on the telephone discussing my reflections as a career...

    Is Law School Name or Location More Likely to Get You Your First Law Job?

    Is it the name or is the old real estate adage, "location, location, location," the prevailing factor in choosing the right law school? An interesting survey released by Vault.com researched law school grad's evaluation of the best Law Schools...

    From Backpack to Briefcase: A Transitions Program for Law Students

    Last week, I attended the Backpack to Briefcase program presented by the National Association of Women Lawyers at Loyola University School of Law in Chicago. NAWL bills this offering as “a revolutionary program for law students and recent law school...

    How to Make the Most out of Law School

    Each year, as another handful of my friends enter law school, I get the same e-mail. Dear Laura, How are you? I am going to law school. Any tips or advice? Thanks! XXX Usually the query results only in flashbacks to the beginning of 1L year...

    Dealing with Job Search Anxiety and the Stress of Rejection

    Searching for a job can be a frustrating process. Perhaps most frustrating is that there's no one size fits all methodology to landing the right opportunity. You can follow someone's advice to the letter and keep missing out on opportunities,...

    Law Students Feel Unprepared for New Economic Reality

    Law students are feeling the impact of the current turmoil in the legal industry according to a major LexisNexis survey. The poll shows that a majority of current law school students feel ill-equipped for the business of law, and many are considering...