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Preparing for an Unexpected Termination

A headline jumped out at me while I was searching for career tips to post on the Lexis Hub. We do, after all, aim to be helpful. An article called "8 Steps for Including Disaster Preparedness in Lawyer's Career Plans." I wondered-should we scare everyone by including this information on...

Prepare Yourself for Practice Success

My columns in this forum have argued that that law schools do little to prepare graduates for dealing with "The Business of Law®" (finance, practice management, client relations) that determines practice success. This puts the onus on new lawyers to do the preparation themselves, whether...

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Success is a Journey: Paths for New Attorneys

Successful lawyers tend to work long hours and are focused and passionate about what they do. But in the effort to excel, made more intense by the pressure of economics, trying too much to succeed can cause problems for lawyers. Those who don't have the right perspective can see their striving for...

The Proactive Lawyer

When I graduated from law school, there were systems in place to point us in a direction. That was way back in 1987, when systems still seemed reliable and functioned well for those who were amenable to them. In law, that included about 95% of us. The other 5% were brilliant and rebellious and made names...

"Go Big or Go Home" for Future Lawyers

While the buzz amongst law students and those hoping to get into law school center around six-figure salaries, white-shoe prestige, competitive bonuses, and the other glossy amenities of BigLaw, [1] this lifestyle is largely restricted to graduates from the top law schools of the country. A quick survey...

Ten Rules for Dealing with Clients and People

I had ended up on Wikipedia through a some link of some story that I was reading a couple days ago. Surfing, reading, clicking. I couldn't even tell you what the original story I was reading. But I ended up on Janteloven , or Jante Law. Jante Law is: A pattern of group behavior towards individuals...

Happy Days Ahead for Job Prospects--Maybe?

The report today of a drop to 8.5% in the U.S. unemployment rate is good news, but what does it mean for American law firms? Are happy days here again? Three important points come to mind: It will be more important than ever that U.S. law firms base their 2012 business plans, as well as...

12 Things I’d Do if I Were An Unemployed 3L

With all the gloom and doom reporting out lately ( only half of graduating law students can expect jobs ! and so forth), I've been thinking about what someone who's graduating from law school in a couple of months without a job offer can do, right now, to improve their prospects. I don't...

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 step of putting those new relationships to use?...