What does the lawyer of the future need to know? It’s a lot more than just the law. No matter where you land after graduation, fluency in technology and skills that go beyond the legal field will help you shine. The November/December 2017 issue of Student Lawyer gets you on the right program.
Essential tech skills for the new lawyer
New lawyers will want to have some hard skills as marketable assets. You may also build, another valuable marketable skill — legal technology proficiency.
9 bleeding edge legal technologies you should know
If you want to move beyond technology basics, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with at least a few of today’s hot and fast-changing—what some call bleeding edge—technologies. You’ll also want to obtain a deeper knowledge of the one or two that most interest you or are most likely to affect your practice.
Law firm bottom lines: Be an asset from day one
Understanding the financial state of the firm that’s employing you, and your role within that broader picture, can have a tremendous impact on your career path and your own professional success. Here, we’ve highlighted five important but accessible areas where a better understanding of your firm’s bottom line—and your role in it—can help you build a more successful career.
The T-shaped lawyer: Building your knowledge in disciplines beyond the law
Law students anxiously search for the perfect mix of academics and extracurricular activities in hopes of landing their first job. But the (not-so-secret) secret is that there’s no perfect formula to guarantee a job. There’s no need to plan your life and career goals down to a T. Rather, focus on building your own T, and opportunities will follow.
Advice from the Inside
Why the LPD is the place to be
What I didn’t realize in law school was that group skills are the essential tools of team approach lawyering, good networking, and leadership within and outside of a law firm. I also now realize I could have developed those skills in law school even further with the tools of the ABA Law Practice Division.
Have you ever considered becoming a law librarian?
I worked part-time for my school’s law library during my second and third years of law school. That experience gave me enough of a taste of a law librarian’s job that I decided to change career paths. Today, I’m a full-time law librarian. As I do in my job, I’m here to provide information on why this career might be a good fit for you, too.
Head of the Class
Yes, women are ready for some football
When the dean of students at the Mississippi College School of Law introduced the incoming class of 2019 to each other, he noted that the group included a professional football player. Heads turned, looking around for a big, tall man. Stephanie Jackson, 29, still laughs when she remembers how long it took for anyone to realize that the dean wasn’t talking about a man: He was talking about her.
I Wish I’d Known
Success is built on life-long relationships
Paula Boggs: “In my career, whom I know has been as important as what I know. Never burning a bridge and keeping friends close has been my secret sauce.”
Leading the effort to remove bar admission barrier for undocumented law students
Law students successfully lobbied the ABA House of Delegates in August to adopt Resolution 108, urging Congress to amend federal law to add language that bar admission shouldn’t be denied based solely on immigration status.
Decision may be near in ABA suit to enforce PSLF promises
A decision on the ABA’s lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Education over the agency’s move to retroactively disqualify employers from the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program is expected soon.
ABA unanimously supports ‘New Voices’ legislation
The ABA House of Delegates adopted Resolution 119B, which urges legislative bodies and school districts to enact statutes and adopt policies that “rigorously protect the ability of student journalists” to cover meaningful social and political issues without fear of retaliation.