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    How to be Content with Your Legal Career

    Today we're very excited to have Chelsea Callanan here to discuss how to position yourself for a legal career that's going to make you happy. Chelsea is one half of the fantastic Happy Go Legal , a website and coaching service designed to help...

    Speaking Boldly & Brilliantly

    Whether in one-on-one conversation, on camera, in client pitches, in a job interview, or in front of a live audience, our presence and presentation skills can say a lot about who we are. Every time you speak, you should be thinking about the impressions...

    Law School: It was the Best of Decisions, it was the Worst of Decisions....

    The Wall Street Journal published some chilling statistics about how recent law grads are faring. According to the WSJ , only 55% of the class of 2011 had full-time, long-term jobs that required a law degree nine months after graduation. And only 8% of...

    Writing Style Preferences of Supreme Court Justices

    This week, Bryan Garner and Justice Scalia released a new book, Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts. In honor of this release, before I read it, I thought I would share five of my personal favorite writing tips from Making Your Case: The Art...

    Underemployed and Still Looking for a Legal Job? Tips for Staying Motivated for an After-Hours Job Search

    It's not easy doing much of anything after work. Whether you're struggling to justify your gym membership, cook dinner that doesn't involve the microwave, or keep your bathroom reasonably clean, it can be hard to find the motivation after...

    Is Starting Your Own Law Practice the Answer for Law Grads Still Looking for Work?

    For years after her law school graduation, my attorney worked with large and mid-size firms in New York City and Philadelphia. Finally, she recognized for various reasons the desire to leave "Big Law" and go off on her own. At the same time...

    Why You Need a Sponsor More than a Mentor

    What support do young lawyers need to succeed? Conventional wisdom says you're good to go if you find a couple of experienced mentors and do what they tell you to do. The modern viewpoint, however, is a bit different. Now just having good mentors...

    Essay Writing for the Bar Exam

    During bar exam season there are myriad great resources for preparing for and taking the bar exam. My friends at Amicus Tutoring , among so many others, are sharing great information daily. When I sat for the bar in 2005, the one area that was under-emphasized...

    Be Prepared: Summer Associate Success May Equal Career Success

    A successful stint as a summer associate may become a direct pathway to an offer to join the firm after graduation. That's what many summer associates are hoping for anyway, so prepare yourself with advice and resources that will help you make a great...

    Advice for the Care and Feeding of Young Lawyers (and Lawyers-to-be)

    After writing a few pieces advising young lawyers how to start off on the right foot in their new jobs , it occurred to me that it might be helpful to look at the question from the other angle: If you're supervising a young lawyer (or a law student...

    Your Best Geographic Odds for Moving up the Earnings Ladder

    Mid-Atlantic states most economically mobile Eight states located mainly in New England and the Mid-Atlantic region offer the greatest opportunity for moving up the earnings ladder, according to a study by the Pew Center on the States. Pew's research...

    Marketing Yourself and Your Career

    Whether you are a law student, new lawyer, or experienced practitioner, you should be thinking about how you are going to market your practice and build your book of business every day. This is the best way to ensure that your career - and the direction...

    Ten Rules for Job Interview Success

    The recent employment figures released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showing the smaller-than-expected gain in payrolls underscore a profound challenge facing today's job seekers. Even as we lurch out of the Great Recession, the anemic pace of...

    Keeping up Appearances: Your Social Media Profile

    These days, with your consent or without, every one of us has an internet persona claiming to tell others some story about who we are. We have public artifacts, so to speak, indicating where we went (go) to school, where we live, where we are employed...

    Networking the Smart Way

    First, get over your fear of networking. How? Treat it as an opportunity to meet and get to know new friends. As I said in another post , don't put pressure on yourself by thinking you have to come away with a new contact or client every time. Just...

    Want a Job? Clean up Your Online Image

    Quick question: What comes up when someone searches for your name in Google? Go ahead, try it. (For an accurate look, open up a different browser from the one you normally use, so you're not "contaminating" your results with personalized...

    Acing Your Law Firm Summer: Handling Work Assignments

    By now, many of you have started as summer associates at law firms. You've met your fellow summers and some of the associates and partners, lunched at a couple of fancy restaurants and, hopefully, started on your first assignment. That first assignment...

    Why You Need to Have a Bias Toward Action

    Unfortunately, in the rapidly shifting world in which we all suddenly find ourselves, that's a serious problem! Why? Because to be successful these days, you really need to have a bias towards action. In other words, it's time to put away the...

    Time Management Tips for New Attorneys and Associates. You CAN Do it All!

    Follow this link to register TODAY on the Lexis Hub, your premier resource for free career advice and guidance! If you struggle with managing your day and making time for your work and personal life, we completely get it. Check out this system for...

    What You Need to Know in Order to Suceed as a Summer Associate

    An incredible panel of experts provided us with insider advice on how to succeed as a summer associate. Our panelists-Donna Gerson, a business etiquette expert, Wendy Siegel, Director of Recruitment and Marketing at NYU Law, and Charlotte Wager, Chief...

    10 Things You Need to Know as You Start Your First Law Job

    When you show up for work at a law firm, you realize pretty quickly that there's a lot to learn. Some things people will tell you, but there's a lot of stuff no one's going to tell you. Having been on both sides of the equation (as the...

    Sleep or Caffeine—Which One is the Favored Fuel of New Attorneys?

    Would you have guessed that lawyers rank second on a list of most sleep-deprived professions? The ABA Journal notes that attorneys are second only to home health workers as the occupation where members receive the least sleep. The Journal , quoting a...

    Public Speaking: Tips on Doing Well

    One of the key ingredients for a successful speaking engagement is to be nervous as hell before you start. It does not mean you should be trembling in your shoes, but if you are not a little on edge, you will generally fall flat. At least that's what...

    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...

    Summer Associates: Do You Have What it Takes to Suceed?

    Final exams are wrapping up, and it's time to get ready for a twelve-week long interview-also known as the summer associate program. Being a summer associate is certainly fun-get ready for delicious meals and enough activities to rival any sleepaway...