As discussed in “5 Questions to Ask Before Becoming a Construction Lawyer,” construction law is the practice of law dealing with design and construction-related issues on public and private projects, ranging from homes to skyscrapers, railroads to airports, and everything in between. Despite the complexity of the
If you choose not to pursue a career in justice, remember that the law isn’t bad—and you’re not bad—it’s just that the fit is wrong. Figure out where you do fit, and then use the amazing skills you gained on the way to becoming a JD to pursue most any path you like.
Having worked remotely during the pandemic, it’s with fresh eyes that I now walk through the law school, pausing to take in its sights and sounds. On the walls, works of art depict social justice and civil rights movements—many with powerful messages and compelling photographs—proof beyond a reasonable
As a law student, you may already know precisely which field of law you’d like to practice. However, if you’re interested in studying law but don’t yet know which legal specialty you’d like to pursue, you’re not alone. Is it better to practice a
Today, there’s a greater opportunity than at any point in the last 100 years to reinvent the idea of work—namely, where, when, and how people choose to make a living. The legal profession is no exception. So be prepared to tailor your job applications to new standards, set
Your plan has always been to go to law school, study and work hard, get great grades, and land a solid legal job—the natural result of the careful execution of a good plan. But too many law students are learning the painful lesson of what
One benefit of a law degree is its versatility. But because of that, if you don’t have your heart set on an area of practice, you get overwhelmed by the array of options before you. How do you find your niche? Here’s how to begin
Whoever remarked that “the only constant is change” was clearly onto something. Here are six post-pandemic trends to consider as you continue to plan your legal career.
As a personal injury lawyer, you’ll focus your law practice on cases related to physical and psychological injury. Typically, this involves car accidents with drunk or otherwise negligent drivers. You’ll work to protect client’s rights and ensure they receive a fair settlement from insurance companies to compensate
The ABA Young Lawyers Division has heard you may have a question (or 5) about what to do with your resume, cover letters, and applications as a 3L. We get it—there’s a lot to sort through. So, we asked a few of our Division’s rockstar leaders—and #lawtwitter—for best
Thankfully, career opportunities for law students and new lawyers seem to be increasing as COVID concerns abate. But, how can you best prepare yourself for actually getting the job you want? Meg Steenburgh welcomes Howard University School of Law’s
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
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
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
Law students often ask, “how do I know what kind of lawyer I want to be?” Or they see classmates who seem to have career paths charted and planned, and assume that everyone else has “figured it all out.” But the truth is that many law students, even
“The lawyers I’ve talked to said I have to choose a path and stick to it!” “Everyone else seems to know exactly what they want to do, but I don’t have a clue.” “My professor told me I need to
Like many law students, I’ve been struggling with how to handle the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic on my legal career. This is the end of my second year of law school. This summer is supposed to be a resume boost and a launch to my first job
Are you preparing for a summer internship during a pandemic? Have you had an offer rescinded? Or are you just trying to figure out what to do to stay in the job market radar? There's a lot of uncertainty out there. Four associates from Baker
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,
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
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, 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
Remember that everything on your resume is fair game during the interview. Pull out your resume. Read through it carefully, think about every line, every accomplishment. Why is it on your resume? What technical qualification or “soft” skill does it convey? What is the story behind it? What did you learn?
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
If your goal is to work in the public sector, your first stop in your job hunt should be this directory.