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Associate Salaries--How Low Can They Go?

Firms have been cutting salaries recently, and some have been laying off attorneys for some time now, but it would be interesting to know how firms are deciding how many people to cut or how much to cut salaries, given that it seems impossible that they have enough information to make well-informed decisions...

Fall Interviews

It is scary to see very few students in my circle getting offers or second interviews this fall. Is anyone landing the good jobs, or aren't there any this year?

The Upside of Networking for Law Students and New Attorneys

When I was younger, I thought networking was a dirty word. It connoted sleaze, and that old Kantian no-no, using people as a means to an end. It struck me as a sort of institutionalized bragging, the kind of thing you could only be good at if you had two BlackBerrys (one personal, one professional) and...

Public Interest Law Initiative Luncheon

Upcoming Public Interest Law Initiative Luncheon in Chicago.

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 at law schools around the country, this is pretty...

Associates Gain Valuable Experience and Help Others Simultaneously

Apprenticeships give law school grads experience the right way Having written critically about the implications of major law firms offering newly hired associates to fill vacant judiciary clerkships, it seems only fair to cite a more positive trend. Last month, the Associated Press reported that...

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 because the current job market is flooded with candidates...

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 alternative careers as a result of the uncertain future...

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 and an involuntary shudder. I manage to type something...

More Firms Report Changes in Fee Structures to Adjust to Economy, Client Preference

Contrary to national trends, partners at some firms said business was good in 2009 - and they expect it to improve in the new year. Some also acknowledge, however, that significant challenges could transform the standard law firm business model in place for a half century. "The business model has...

Finding Jobs Through Your Social Network

We all know that in this tight job market, it takes creativity and persistence to find and get a job. Social networking is quickly becoming the most important aspect of any job search. Knowing this is one thing. Making the most of it is quite another. NPR.com's Joshua Brockman looked into the best...

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, which I also assumed. What I never assumed is that...

Bringing Specialist Training to the 21st Century

A recent survey by the National Association for Law Placement suggested that approximately 2 percent of 2008 law school graduates opened a solo practice within nine months of graduation. According to the American Bar Association, there were more than 150,000 students enrolled in the country's 200...

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 before they begin their own practices, young...

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 work in hospitals and clinics, treat patients, observe...

How to Prevent Yourself from Becoming “Fungible”

“ He told me think about it . . . you’re fungible ” – this is a mentor of mine telling me what a partner once told him when he was a junior associate – “ and I thought about it and I realized he was right . . . so the only way to protect yourself in this job is to...

Alternate Careers in Public Service

Mike Bergmann is the Director of Programs for the Public Interest Law Initiative, a group that helps young lawyers cultivate an interest in public service careers. During an interview with LexisNexis Community Manager Lisa McManus, Mike provides his insight into how lawyers interested in public service...

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 interviews. Click here for full Guide...

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Public Interest Law Initiative: Annual Pro Bono Event

The annual "Celebrating Pro Bono" reception is PILI's annual opportunity to spotlight pro bono relationships and successes and the work of PILI's Pro Bono Initiative. Attendees include law firm and corporate attorneys, paralegals and legal secretaries, the current class of PILI...

Professional Networking

Simplify your Networking The benefits of a strong professional network are immeasurable for your career. Get started now or grow your existing network. Featured Groups: Join the Associates and New Attorneys Group . Looking for the Law Student perspective? Join the Law Student Group on...

A Guide to Lexis Resources for Getting a Great Job

LexisNexis can help you when you are looking for your first job in the legal profession. Stand out above the other candidates, connect with legal professionals and find the research and information you need to prepare for your interviews. Click here for full Guide to Landing a Great Job!

Network Your Way into a New Job

The Art of the Informal Interview You've certainly noticed that some law firms have weathered the Great Recession better than others. Mid-level associates at firms that have gone through rounds of layoffs and even salary cuts must be wondering what/who will be cut next. There is nothing wrong...

Future of the Legal Industry Study Generates Questions about the Effectiveness of Legal Education

At a panel discussion of legal industry leaders, “Evolution or Revolution: The Future of the Law Firm Business Model,” the effectiveness of the legal education system became a major focus. The program, sponsored by LexisNexis to discuss the legal industry’s future, took a turn toward...

Why Do Firms Throw Away Good Associates?

Not every player on a basketball team is expected to be a star; should every lawyer in a law firm be expected to be a rainmaker? The question arises because not every associate who does good work can develop new work. If the associate is doing good work, if the law firm understands, sets and monitors...