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Seeking civility during your job search

November 01, 2020

You open the glass doors and enter the law firm for your interview. A quick glance around and you notice the office-facing walls act more as windows. Staff smile as they walk around, giving you bright grins and promising looks. You think you’ve hit the utopia of law

Construction Law

5 questions to ask before becoming a construction lawyer

October 13, 2020

While construction law is generally a lesser-known practice of law amongst law students, it is by no means small. In fact, construction is a multi-billion dollar industry, making up the largest segment of the production sector the US’s GDP, and the

COVID Employment

COVID-19 and the path to the profession: Is a legal career still the right choice?

October 12, 2020

Both law schools and the legal profession are facing a number of changes as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. This, coupled with the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color, persons with disabilities, and low-income communities, has left some diverse law students and those contemplating law

The life cycle of a student lawyer

April 01, 2020

Back in my undergraduate days, I learned about product life cycles. As a communications major, we studied how consumer products moved in a fairly predictable path from introduction to growth to maturity and, ultimately, to decline. Each phase was accompanied by certain pros and cons,

Social Media

Running with it: Combining your passion with relationship development

February 08, 2020

As I was scrolling through Instagram recently, I came across a post from a lawyer I know (shoutout to Craig Levey) who announced that he’ll be running the Boston Marathon in 20 weeks. What’s more, he’s using those 20 weeks as an opportunity to spend a training

Get Organized

5 basic things 3Ls should be considering and doing to get a job

January 14, 2020

It is n­­ever too early to start your job search. As soon as you finish your last 2L class, you should be thinking about finding a job. Assuming you took the time in your first and second years of law school to polish your resume, writing sample(s), and

Tradition

To be, or not to be? Tradition isn't the only answer

January 01, 2020

Tradition, especially in the law, means a lot. Traditions connect us to people and ideas that came before. They can add meaning to the things we say and do. But tradition can also hold us back from addressing choices that need rethinking. It’s OK to start fresh every

Jason Dunn

Colorado U.S. Attorney Jason Dunn talks about his career (podcast)

November 18, 2019

Learning from seasoned lawyers truly helps law students gain perspective on where they want to take their legal career in the future. In this edition of the Law Student Podcast, New ABA Law Student Division Chair Johnnie Nguyen talks with Colorado’s U.S. Attorney Jason Dunn about his career experiences and how he came

PSJD site

PSJD: Your go-to job resource

November 01, 2019

If your goal is to work in the public sector, your first stop in your job hunt should be this directory.

Asking

Ask the Hiring Attorney: How do I ask for letters of recommendation?

October 22, 2019

Asking for—and getting—letters of recommendation is not as hard as you think. The law professors and practicing attorneys you’re nervous about won’t be surprised by your request. They know jurisdictions can require bar candidates to submit these letters as part of their bar application. They were in your shoes once too—they all applied for bar admissions, and likely they had to collect similar letters from people they didn’t feel they really knew well.

CareerForward

Rev up your legal job search with ABA Career Forward

August 02, 2019

As a law student looking to land that perfect job out of law school, you can never have enough help. And we've got a great new tool for ABA members to use to get noticed in their job search. Meet ABA Career Forward, 

Email Storm

When inboxes attack: How to prioritize your legal emails

April 18, 2019

Q: I dread looking at my phone in the morning. Every day I am inundated with emails, usually from offices in an earlier time zone. The emails often contain random requests that don’t seem as if they would take much time, but they end up blowing up my mornings. Sometimes partners want

Finding your dream job

Discovering your dream job while in law school

January 29, 2019

Admittedly, before I enrolled in law school, I shared the view of many lay people of what lawyers do for work: That is, they go to the courtroom and argue for their clients. It did not take long to realize how skewed that view of the legal profession

Alternative Careers

JD detours: Alternative career paths for lawyers

December 03, 2018

Studies have found that approximately one out of every five students pursues an alternative career path after law school. There are many different careers that can benefit from your law degree. The job that’s best for you will ultimately depend on your most valuable skills and what you want to do.

Choices

Joining a law firm? Choose the right one for you with these 4 tips

November 29, 2018

How does one tell if a firm is truly committed to diversity and inclusion? While many firms tout their commitment to service, diversity and inclusion, and professional development of its junior attorneys, law students should consider the following tips when evaluating a firm’s culture to determine if it is the right fit.

Piggy Bank

How to be financially happy outside of Big Law

November 01, 2018

While working at a large law firm has the potential to be lucrative, attorneys worldwide continue to demonstrate that it’s absolutely possible to pursue your career goals regardless of the salary you’ll earn.