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Legal Career Quiz

What kind of lawyer will you be? Take the Legal Career Quiz

February 18, 2016

Some attorneys knew what kind of law they want to practice long before law school. Others may be well into their career and still trying to figure it all out. For the latter, we've got a new tool for you. ABA Legal Career Central has teamed up with

Five Tools to Help You Become a More Confident Public Speaker

January 05, 2016

For most people, few things are more stress-inducing than having to speak in front of a group. We all know the old adage that most people fear public speaking more than death. Unfortunately, law students are not immune from these nerves. Whether it is the proverbial 1L oral

Want employment and career advancement? Write down your road map

Want employment and career advancement? Write down your road map

December 28, 2015

You want meaningful employment and career advancement. The question is how to use your time in law school most effectively to achieve your goals. In the current period of challenging market changes, law students secure meaningful employment by differentiating themselves from other law students. The problem, Indiana law professor Bill Henderson

How to start considering alternative legal paths

How to start considering alternative legal paths

December 16, 2015

So, you're a law student looking for an alternative career path. Your mindset isn't the problem — in fact, you're pretty darn sure that if you made it through law school, you can excel in just about any industry. The only problem being, you're not sure where to start. How do you

10 things I’ve learned in a year of job searching

10 things I’ve learned in a year of job searching

December 11, 2015

The job market is still tough. It has been a little over a year since I got my pass results, and I am still job hunting. As such, I wanted to share with you some tips I have for bar takers while on the hunt for work. I spent the first three months

Who goes to law school and doesn’t practice law?

Who goes to law school and doesn’t practice law?

December 10, 2015

I have heard this question a million times. I am still less than five years out of law school, and it still puzzles people that I do not practice law. Yes, I was willing to go through 3 years of tortur- ahem, I mean law school to not practice. I also

Don't fear your fork in the road

Don't fear your fork in the road

November 30, 2015

Law school was a funny time for me. As I look back, it really happened almost by accident. A series of events that seemed unconnected and random at the time, but as I reflect, I noticed it was all allowed to happen so that I could face a longstanding fear

James Greenwood: Navy Vet on a Mission

April 01, 2015

  By Courtney O. Carroll COURTNEY O. CARROLL is a 3L at DePaul University College of Law in Chicago. In recognition of his scholastic accomplishments, James Greenwood, a 3L at Drake University Law School, was awarded the Iowa Taxpayers Association 2014 Linda S. Weindruch Scholarship. The annual scholarship recognizes outstanding accomplishments and educational pursuit

Judging Your [Online] Relationships

April 01, 2015

By Erin E. Rhinehart ERIN E. RHINEHART is a partner with the commercial litigation firm Faruki Ireland & Cox P.L.L., which has offices in Dayton and Cincinnati, Ohio. It’s not breaking news that, since the inception of social

Look smart this summer

April 01, 2015

Well, anytime, really—but these tips might especially help you if you’re headed off to a summer associate position or your first “real job.” What behaviors help you seem smart—and which ones will sabotage your efforts to make a great first impression? A study reported on

The Socially Conscious “Chocopreneur”

April 01, 2015

When Shawn Askinosie entered law school at the University of Missouri in Columbia, he wanted to become a criminal defense lawyer just like his father. When he graduated in 1989, Askinosie joined a large Texas firm and handled white-collar crime cases. Three years

Live in X but Want to Work in Y? Here’s How to Make the Leap

February 01, 2015

So you have decided to look for opportunities beyond your current law school’s typical geographic footprint. Or you’ve become so passionate about a practice focus that you are willing to go anywhere to practice. Here’s some practical tips for helping you figure that out. The

In Brief: The truth about Big Law

April 01, 2013

The truth about Big Law, the incredible shrinking law class, and tips from a student-parent. Encouraging words if you didn’t land that summer internship Conventional wisdom has it that to succeed as a lawyer—even if you plan to go into solo or small-firm practice—you have to work for a big law firm

Letter of Recommendation

Professionalism 101: Obtaining a letter of recommendation

October 01, 2010

Chances are, sometime during your law school career, you’ll need letters of recommendation to accompany a job application. When a potential employer requests recommendation letters, don’t be shy about asking professors and current or past employers. Most expect to support students in their job searches by providing them. But when requesting