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Being Vulnerable

Vulnerability happens: Turning a moment of stress into success

April 30, 2018

Unless something has changed dramatically since I was in law school, the course offerings don’t include Vulnerability, Failure, or What to Do When You’re Not on Your A-Game along with the usual Torts and Contracts. Law students and new lawyers are expected to succeed, but chances are, you will encounter a situation in your career that just doesn’t go according to plan.

Coworkers

Living the life of a lawyer: A primer for new attorneys

October 25, 2017

The people most disappointed with law school and the legal profession are those that decide to become a lawyer based on loving legal television shows. The second most disappointed group are those who believe they will be arguing before the Supreme Court to save the world from their preferred form

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

TIPS Mock Interview

Video: What to do (and not to do) during an interview

May 12, 2016

Recent law school graduates and experienced interviewers led a discussion of interview skills and pitfalls at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego during the American Bar Association's midyear meeting in February 2016. They demonstrated common mistakes and shared a few of their own unexpected interview experiences.

Career Assistance

Working relationships with attorneys can take you to the next level

May 05, 2016

Developing working relationships with attorneys at your internship can make a real difference in your success after law school. Attorneys operate at the center of the robust legal industry. They are walking, talking small businesses regardless of whether they are self-employed, employed by the government, in- house at a company,

Webinars

What a week for webinars

April 21, 2016

What do you want to learn? How to get a clerkship? We can do that. How to build relationships? That's covered too. Closing that resume gap? Consider it done. And you can do learn all of that from your classroom or favorite coffee shop next week. First up on Tuesday, April

Internships

The importance of gaining practical legal skills

April 01, 2016

One of the best ways to stand out among your peers is through demonstrated practical ability. As a law school graduate, you will be highly marketable if you can “hit the ground running.” You can fit this description by acquiring as many practical legal skills as possible during school.

Salary Negotiation

Sue your inner critic, get a higher salary

March 24, 2016

One crucial skill that is not (but should be) taught in law school is how to powerfully present the case that you would be an asset to your prospective employer and that you deserve a higher salary. This is a skill that is left out from the other valuable technical skills

Civility and Millennials

Are millennial lawyers less civilized?

March 22, 2016

Numerous jurisdictions are recognizing and lamenting the deterioration of civility in the legal profession. Some may be tempted to attribute this decline in courtesy to the influx of newly minted millennial attorneys to the profession.

Procrastination

Don't wait until you're in practice to practice

February 25, 2016

It’s the ages-old issue – who am I and what should I be doing with my time? For the youth, I should be having fun. I will work later. For the high school student, I can work later. I should have fun now. For the college student, I will be employed later. I should have fun now. For the newly hired, I will have my own demands later. I should have fun now. Do you see where this is going?

How to get the most out of your TIPS membership

How to get the most out of your TIPS membership

January 26, 2016

The Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) offers a variety of opportunities for you to get involved and to meet and work side-by-side with some of the best tort, trial and insurance lawyers in the country.  The TIPS Standing Committee on Outreach to Law Students (SCOLS) provides leadership and

Building your online presence

Building your online presence

January 25, 2016

Becoming a lawyer today requires a handle of the Internet that previous generations of lawyers never had to deal with. LinkedIn, Avvo, websites, social media – lawyers need to be familiar with all of it. Whether you’re researching opposing parties on social media or looking to market your firm online, familiarity with

Resolve to advance your career this year

Resolve to advance your career this year

January 22, 2016

The start of a new year is a perfect time to reflect on past accomplishments and to commit to changes that will take your practice to the next level. DLA Piper partner Christina L. Martini recently wrote about the importance of new year’s resolutions on the Ms. JD blog. But

How to boss like a boss

How to boss like a boss

January 11, 2016

Horrible bosses aren’t always horrible people. Supervising others well can be a difficult skill to master, and it certainly isn’t taught in law schools. Following a few simple best practices can help you build a collaborative, supportive relationship with your support staff that will make the practice of law easier,

Payoff pitch: Hit a home run by being different

Payoff pitch: Hit a home run by being different

January 07, 2016

I started attending New York Law School in 2011 with the mindset of wanting to work in the sports law industry.  I saw “Jerry Maguire” the summer before I started law school, and I thought to myself that being a sports agent was a viable career choice to make. After more

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 arguments or

How to be a star performer in the legal world

January 01, 2016

By Pamela Lucy Pierson PAMELA BUCY PIERSON is the Bainbridge Mims Professor of Law at the University of Alabama of Law in Tuscaloosa. Successful scientists were found to have adopted nine work strategies. They’ll be just as helpful in your legal career. Professional athletes who find them­selves no longer affiliated with a team,

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

Resolve to advance your career this year

Swimming Lesson: The 411 on informational interviews

December 21, 2015

Q: Everyone says I should do informational interviews. Any advice on how I should go about this?  A: Yes. Informational interviews can help you in several ways. But you need to plan before you dive in. Here are some tips to make the most of your contacts: Identify your purpose. First, decide what

How to be a professional from day one (audio)

How to be a professional from day one (audio)

December 15, 2015

Think what happens in law school stays in law school? Think again! In this MP3 audio presentation, Hear Rachel Dawson — an experienced law school career counselor and then-associate director at the ABA Section of Litigation who ultimately served as director of the Young Lawyers Division — shared her savvy advice on how to