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Saying NO

Sometimes saying no to more work is the right thing to do

January 16, 2018

Q: I have been told that I should try not turn down work, but I have also been told not to take on too much work. I am not sure when I should say, “no.” Do you have any suggestions about when and how I should decline work? A: You are

Private vs. Public Practice

Private practice vs. public service: A cost-benefit analysis

January 15, 2018

For many law students, there is a point during the final year of their studies that they find themselves presented with a monumental decision: whether to pursue a career in the governmental or public service sector, or attempt to break into private practice law firms. Again, this choice isn’t necessarily

Game Board

How ABA leadership roles shaped my career

January 01, 2018

You’re busy with school. The bar exam looms, and career choices are pending. You’ve got no time to think about how the American Bar Association fits into your world right now. Maybe you can get to active involvement with the ABA later. I completely understand that mentality. But based on my own experience, it may mean that you’ll miss out on opportunities that could, literally, shape your career.

How to succeed (and have fun) at informational interviews

January 01, 2018

It can be difficult trying to figure out exactly how you want to use your law degree. Do you want to work in the government? For a large firm? A smaller or medium-sized one? A public interest group?Lucky for us, we lawyers have lots of options. One of the best

I Wish I'd Known: Put away your ladder

January 01, 2018

Up until now, you’ve been climbing a ladder. You got good grades in high school, which helped you get into a good college. Then you worked hard in college so you could get into a great law school.Now you’ll be tempted to view law school as just another ladder. You’ll

Personal Injury

Should law students consider becoming personal injury lawyers?

December 18, 2017

Back in 1995, when I graduated from law school, the common approach to finding a job after law school went something like this:Examine job board.  Submit resume. Wait for requests for interviews from participating law firms.  Attend numerous interviews.  Receive several job offers.  Select future career path from among those

Law Library

Have you ever considered becoming a law librarian?

November 02, 2017

Perhaps like many of you, I went through law school planning to work at a law firm post-graduation. However, the closer it came to graduation, the more unsettled I felt about it. I felt the stress, long hours, and pressure weren’t conducive to my personality and the level of work-life

Junior Associate

Be strategic: How associates can create an impactful law firm experience

September 27, 2017

I wish I had been more thoughtful about my legal career.  When I started my legal career, like many new law firm associates, I did not fully appreciate what it meant to be a law firm associate nor did I have a plan for being successful.  After practicing for several


Prepare for your career as a junior lawyer with these expert tips (webinar)

September 18, 2017

A career as a lawyer can be rewarding but also challenging. While law school teaches you how to analyze the substantive law, other skills are just as critical to your success. Learn these skills in this webinar, "Thriving as a Junior Lawyer: Practical Advice from the Experts."Thomson


Your 1L first semester: Schoolwork and thinking about employment

September 11, 2017

If you are reading this article you either read Part One or skipped to this part because the summer is over and you are in the grind.  Regardless of how we got here, congrats on going to law school!For ease of understanding, I am going to break first semester


Expert Advice Webinar: Thriving as a Junior Lawyer

September 08, 2017

It is your first day as a new associate.  You walk into the office nervous but feel that you are somewhat prepared.  You sit down at your desk and open your computer.  You have a sense of what an attorney does behind the screen.  You have worked with Westlaw, you

Becoming an Irresistible Candidate

Simply irresistible: How to be the best job candidate you can be

May 11, 2017

Your qualifications have caught an employer’s attention. Now you have to convince the employer that you are the candidate that best fits the organization’s needs. Presenters of this webinar, "Interviewing: Becoming an Irresistible Candidate", discuss interviewing techniques: how to prepare, make a positive first impression, and present with confidence.The panelists

In-House Hired

In-house counsel job right after graduation? It is possible!

May 04, 2017

In this article, I examine both my own experience in landing an in-house legal job right out of law school, as well as the insights of a fellow in-house young lawyer and an experienced executive at a national healthcare services company. I believe it’s possible for first-year attorneys to find

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.


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,