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    Rookie Mistakes to Avoid: Missing Important Deadlines

    "I was served with requests for admission in a commercial litigation case. I didn't calendar the response date, which came and went. Our opposing counsel threatened to move to have the requests deemed admitted, which would have caused us to lose...

    Should You Join a Study Group in Law School?

    When I was in law school, I heard a rumor (which I'm pretty sure was true), that one of my classmates was forming a study group. Great, right? What's not to like. However, this study group was special - you could only join if you'd gone to...

    "Growing" Your Role in a Small Law Firm

    Today's business conditions continue to have a major impact on solo and small law firm financial performance. Yet there remains a far greater and more significant problem for any small firm's future health: preparation of the firm's young...

    Getting Into the Right Mindset for an Interview

    OK, so you wrote a brilliant cover letter, remembered to attach your equally sterling resume (yes, I've screwed this part up), and had your suit/dress/pantsuit dry-cleaned by the best in the business. You're an excellent worker, an attractive...

    Rookie Mistakes to Avoid as an Associate: Failing to Notice a Deposition

    "As a junior associate, I subpoenaed a witness for deposition in another state. I failed to serve a formal notice of the deposition on the opposing counsel. On the morning of the deposition, the partner and I flew out to the deposition location....

    Mid Point of the Semester and How to Survive the October 1L Freakout

    Something's in the air, and it's not just the crisp beginning of autumn. It's time for the collective October 1L Freakout. Yes, this is a thing. I was reminded of it recently, when a couple of different 1Ls furtively told me that they'd...

    Why Law Students and Job Seekers Need Business Cards

    Well, in general, why does anyone need a business card? I use them as a logical, manageable way to communicate my contact information to another person. It's a physical object that someone can refer to at a later time to either get in touch with...

    An Investigation of the Billable Hour

    In 2002, Justice Steven Breyer agreed with one practitioner that "the profession's obsession with billable hours is like drinking water from a fire hose, the result is that many lawyers are starting to drown." [1] The billable hour structure...

    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....

    How to Share Your Big Career News

    Whether you have landed your first job out of law school, changed firms/offices, made partner, won a big case, or closed a major deal, there are several great ways to share this news with others. 1. Business Cards If you are a new hire or a lateral...

    Eight Reasons Why Lawyers Resist Effective Networking--How to Show Your True Value

    Job searching today is different than in the past for lawyers - find news ways to show that you stand out as a good investment for employers. Grappling with the job search process? Wrap your mind around the paradox of legal job searches in the current...

    Is Lockstep Compensation the Key to Happy Associates?

    As part of its special section on the future of BigLaw, the New York Times examined the culture at firms that have held on to a pure lockstep compensation structure-for both partners and associates. According to the managing partners at Cravath , Cleary...

    It's Not Just Who You Know....

    I think it's fair to say that every one of us feels the need to be known. This is not about being popular or famous, necessarily, but rather, about connection and affirmation. We show up every day, not only for ourselves, but for the people who know...

    Associates: How You Can Use Your Writing Skills to Generate Business for Your Firm

    The fundamental legal marketing task for lawyers is to identify potential clients who need the services they provide, then to educate the clients that the firm exists and can help. One of the most effective tools for doing this is a basic skill that...

    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...

    Learning and Teaching by Sharing Mistakes

    I would like to share some key teaching techniques that I have found effective. I'll give you a hint - you've got to start with assumption busting. In the course of running Greenhorn Legal (and now Greenhorn Bold ), I have researched and adopted...

    Fall Associates: Research Tools to Improve Your Efficiency

    Feeling overwhelmed? Wishing there were more than 24 hours in a day? As a new associate, your firm expects you to hit the ground running. There is little time for training or guidance, you must prepare documents quickly and research case background accurately...

    Four Common Reasons for Disappointing 1L Grades and How to Fix Them

    As law school classes start back up again, many of you are trying to come to terms with your disappointing 1L grades. People tend to take one of two approaches when the first year didn't go so well. Most students just accept the status quo, decide...

    Leveraging Legal Skills to Launch Your Dreams

    Who says you can't use a law degree outside of private practice? And who says it is not important to keep long-term career goals in mind while making moves towards your ultimate dream? If today's feature doesn't inspire you to live your dream...

    Interview Tips for Judicial Clerkship Positions

    In my last post, I went through the nuts and bolts of applying for clerkships. Hopefully, your hard work will result in an interview. Here, I go through the most important tips for a successful clerkship interview. A clerkship interview with a judge...

    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...

    Tips for Applying for Judicial Clerkships

    In my last post , I reviewed the ins and outs of a federal court clerkship. The decision to apply for a clerkship, however, is just the beginning of what can be a confusing process. Timeline The timeline for the clerkship application process depends...

    Delegation is a Skill You Need to Learn

    Are you slightly neurotic, a control freak, a micro-manager, or generally bad at communicating your needs? Join the club. Law school engrains into its ranks the fear of horrible hypotheticals, that dozens of catastrophes could happen on the way to...

    Keeping Tabs on Important Matters the Simple Way

    If your ears are burning, there's a good chance someone is talking about you. Legend has it that if the right ear is burning, you are being praised. If the left ear is burning, however, you are the subject of evil intent. And that's no good. If...

    Is a Judicial Clerkship Right for You?

    Clerkship season is here, and many students are wondering if a federal court clerkship is right for them. Yes, a clerkship can be a sterling credential to add to your resume, but before pursuing it, it's important to understand what the job entails...