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Diving Back In

Diving back in: 4 tips for restarting a legal career

March 30, 2017

The practice of law is not known for being particularly portable or forgiving of taking “time off” from one’s career.  But, for the future of our noble profession, I hope those things are changing.  And I believe that they are.  For example, as an increasing number of states adopt the

Politics Careers

Is politics your passion?

January 01, 2017

A Congressional staffer shares his story and offers suggestions on how to build a satisfying career in public service.

Voting

Learn about careers in election law from a 'Recount' lawyer

November 07, 2016

Attorney John Hardin “Jack” Young was on the team of lawyers for the Democratic National Committee during the 2000 Florida election recount and the Bush v. Gore case, and is portrayed in the HBO film “Recount.” In this Career Choice Series webinar, Young discussed current election issues in our

Slip and Fall

You'll be floored by what a slip and fall attorney does

October 21, 2016

Slip and fall injuries are very common legal issues, and often very complex. Premises law is a complicated legal area when the basics of a personal injury case are being established. Just as in an auto accident, there are often competing versions of events, especially when the defendant is a business

What not to do

Job hunting: What not to do

September 01, 2016

Hiring managers and partners across the country offer their best tips for avoiding these mistakes they still see way too often.

Law Student Podcast

Podcast: Finding Alternative Careers in the Law

August 31, 2016

In this episode of the ABA Law Student Podcast, host Sandy Gallant-Jones talks with Above the Law Editor Joe Patrice, CuroLegal CEO Chad Burton, LegalZoom General Counsel Chas Rampenthal, Clio Lawyer in Residence Joshua Lenon, and Legal Talk Network Executive Producer Laurence Colletti about alternative careers in law. Joe opens the

Real Estate

Consider this event a down payment on your real estate career

August 24, 2016

Are you sold on a career in real estate? Hear how to become a successful commercial real estate attorney. Our speakers will share their path into commercial real estate transactions, financing, leasing, acquisitions, and distressed real estate. They'll provide invaluable insight into what skills you'll need to break into this area,

First Job

The dos & don’ts of your first job

July 25, 2016

Take those principles from your high school job at McDonalds or the mall, dress them up in a suit, add the following ten tips, and you’ll be on your way to a successful career.

Fortune Teller

Are law schools preparing students for the future of law?

July 13, 2016

The most recent reports on the future of the legal industry show law firms are in a dire need of fresh talent, and new skills. However, the big question is: Are law schools preparing students for the future of law, and the changes already taking place?

Expertise

Ask the Hiring Attorney: How can I sound qualified?

May 19, 2016

Substantive knowledge is generally not a condition of employment for entry-level lawyers. Employers typically don’t expect current law school students and recent graduates to have much substantive or working knowledge of practice areas, especially those entry-level lawyers who have had little or no work experience. Your first challenge isn’t to sound more qualified; it’s to become more qualified!

TIPS Mock Interview

Video: What to do (and not to do) during an interview

May 12, 2016

Recent law school graduates and experienced interviewers led a discussion of interview skills and pitfalls at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego during the American Bar Association's midyear meeting in February 2016. They demonstrated common mistakes and shared a few of their own unexpected interview experiences.

Seema Iyer

How to get on television and stay on television

May 11, 2016

The second part of the title is the trick.  I’ve seen plenty of lawyers come and go.  They tank their first shot on the tube then are never asked back.  TV is a cruel, cruel, world.  Understand that before reading any further. How to get on television for the first time I

Career Assistance

Working relationships with attorneys can take you to the next level

May 05, 2016

Developing working relationships with attorneys at your internship can make a real difference in your success after law school. Attorneys operate at the center of the robust legal industry. They are walking, talking small businesses regardless of whether they are self-employed, employed by the government, in- house at a company,

Internships

The importance of gaining practical legal skills

April 01, 2016

One of the best ways to stand out among your peers is through demonstrated practical ability. As a law school graduate, you will be highly marketable if you can “hit the ground running.” You can fit this description by acquiring as many practical legal skills as possible during school.

Legal Career Quiz

What kind of lawyer will you be? Take the Legal Career Quiz

February 18, 2016

Some attorneys knew what kind of law they want to practice long before law school. Others may be well into their career and still trying to figure it all out. For the latter, we've got a new tool for you. ABA Legal Career Central has teamed up with the

Five Tools to Help You Become a More Confident Public Speaker

January 05, 2016

By Stan Polit. For most people, few things are more stress-inducing than having to speak in front of a group. We all know the old adage that most people fear public speaking more than death. Unfortunately, law students are not immune from these nerves. Whether

Want employment and career advancement? Write down your road map

Want employment and career advancement? Write down your road map

December 28, 2015

You want meaningful employment and career advancement. The question is how to use your time in law school most effectively to achieve your goals. In the current period of challenging market changes, law students secure meaningful employment by differentiating themselves from other law students. The problem, Indiana law professor Bill Henderson

How to start considering alternative legal paths

How to start considering alternative legal paths

December 16, 2015

So, you're a law student looking for an alternative career path. Your mindset isn't the problem — in fact, you're pretty darn sure that if you made it through law school, you can excel in just about any industry. The only problem being, you're not sure where to start. How do you

10 things I’ve learned in a year of job searching

10 things I’ve learned in a year of job searching

December 11, 2015

The job market is still tough. It has been a little over a year since I got my pass results, and I am still job hunting. As such, I wanted to share with you some tips I have for bar takers while on the hunt for work. I spent the first three months

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