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    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Will you get the offer? Will you accept it?

    Especially in lean economic times, not every summer associate who delivers good work product will get an offer from the firm. The decision often involves a recruiting or hiring committee with a variety of firm professionals reviewing oral and written...

    Important Career Planning Tips for New Attorneys and Law Students

    Career planning, resume review, interview strategies, job application strategies, job transition resources, alumni connections, sounding board...for law students and alumni alike, Career Services Offices offer valuable resources and tools. For. Free....

    Top Job Interview Mistakes, And How To Avoid Them

    Most of us know what it feels like to be turned down for a job we hoped to get. Sometimes it's simply not a good match. But all too often the rejection stems from an interview slip-up. So how can we make sure to ace the next one? Interestingly, it's...

    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...

    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...

    If You Go Solo, Go Niche

    Having a clear niche allows you to target your audience Why Selecting a Niche Practice Over a General Practice is a Favorable Option for a New (or Any Solo) Attorney If you, too, are thinking of going solo and hanging your own shingle, a foundational...

    There's Life Outside Law School

    Surviving the Third Year It is a well-known quip: in the first year of law school they scare you to death, in the second they work you to death, and in the third they bore you to death. Based on my own experience and what I've heard from friends...

    Associates from Elite Law Schools Chosen for Top Firm Jobs Report Bottom Scores in Job Satisfaction

    Here you are worried about the kinds of offers you received or might receive after recent news that some large firms are cutting back, rescinding or delaying offers. Could an offer at a small firm, non-profit or other related job be a blessing in disguise...

    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...

    Not the Boss’s Favorite?

    As bad bosses go, having a favorite employee seems to be one of the most commonly stated complaints. If you have a bad boss, and are clearly not his favorite, there are some things that you can do to make the situation more bearable. 1) Become allies...

    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...

    Two Steps to a Winning Law School Exam Strategy

    It's almost time for the final law school exam push, so I'll make this brief. What are you going to do these last few weeks, to ensure you're ready to go on exam day? Re-read your class notes? Try to memorize a bunch of cases?...

    How Do You Profit Your Firm?

    If Oscar Wilde's famous definition of a cynic - "someone who knows the cost of everything and the value of nothing" - is true, then many associates may need a dose of cynicism when assessing where they stand in their firms. Not the superficially...