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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

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.

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.

HUD

Consider a career as an attorney at HUD

September 18, 2018

Legal Honors Programs are the primary hiring vehicle for entry-level attorneys in the federal government.  But many law students do not know that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has a Legal Honors Program. If you are currently a 3L, applications for the 2019-2020 program are due by September 21, 2018.

Signatures

Ask The Hiring Attorney: Do I have to sign a cover letter that’s electronically delivered?

April 12, 2018

Today, most employers are allowing job candidates to submit their resumes electronically—whether by email or by uploading their application package into an online database. In many cases, employers require the candidate’s resume to be uploaded, but also allow candidates to attach other documents like a cover letter. So job candidates are asking themselves whether a cover letter that’s electronically delivered needs to be signed, just like a cover letter that’s mailed.

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. Student Lawyer magazine

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