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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

Career Advice

14 tips to help you land your dream position

October 01, 2019

Whether you want to work in BigLaw, in the public interest, in the court system, or somewhere else altogether, you’ll benefit from these pro tips on interviewing and networking.

Choices

How to pick your area of legal practice

January 16, 2019

There comes a time when you must decide on an area of legal practice you want to pursue. Whether you had an inkling of what you wanted to practice when you went into law school or are now deciding while taking your law courses, here are a few

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.

Diving Back In

Diving back in: 4 tips for restarting a legal career

March 30, 2017

The practice of law is not known for being particularly portable or forgiving of taking “time off” from one’s career.  But, for the future of our noble profession, I hope those things are changing.  And I believe that they are.  For example, as an increasing number of states adopt the

Legal Career Chat

Talk about sports law in the first #LegalCareerChat

January 11, 2017

ABA Legal Career Central is proud to introduce #LegalCareerChat, our new twitter chat series showcasing various practice areas. The chat will debut on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 2pm ET. Our first chat guest will be David Cohen (@DavidCohenEsq), General Counsel of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. A graduate of California Western School

Aaron Sohaski

The importance of networking in law school

September 29, 2016

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Airplanes at the Smithsonian

Why become an aviation attorney?

September 28, 2016

As a student of the law, or one who may be considering the law, maybe you have thought ahead to the particular area you would like to focus on, and develop a specialized expertise in. Whether that's the case or not, however, I would like to ask you to consider

What not to do

Job hunting: What not to do

September 01, 2016

Hiring managers and partners across the country offer their best tips for avoiding these mistakes they still see way too often.

Alan Dershowitz

I Wish I'd Known - Alan Dershowitz: Be wary of representing acquaintances

September 01, 2016

Alan M. Dershowitz says: "Although I learned a lot of theory from great professors, law school didn’t prepare me for the rough and tumble of practicing criminal law, particularly defending people accused of some of the most heinous crimes. One thing I didn’t learn, and wish I had, was how to deal with acquaintances or friends who ask for legal help."

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

May the [Air] Force Be with You

December 01, 2015

By Fabiani Duarte Mercer University— Walter F. George School of Law Chair, ABA Law Student Division fduarte16@lawmail.mercer.edu Working as a judge advocate general law clerk over the past year helped me affirm two things: Combining my law degree with service to my nation is something I want to do. Pursuing a

Pro bono leads to a calling

December 01, 2015

Growing up in the projects on the Lower East Side of New York City and watching her immigrant Chinese mother work in the garment industry’s sweatshops—even working alongside her at times— Villy Wang became determined to grow up and earn enough money that her mother wouldn’t have to work so hard. Wang achieved

Do you have the right stuff to succeed in PI work

December 01, 2015

By Jared Staver JARED STAVER is managing partner of the Staver Law Group, a personal-injury firm he launched 15 years ago in Chicago. Do personal injury work, they said! It’s Exciting, and you’ll make gobs of money! You’ve probably heard that advice, and it can be true. Personal injury law is a highly

How to dress to your curriculum

December 01, 2015

By Amy Phan Taylor AMY PHAN TAYLOR, a 2L student at Seattle University School of Law, is student editor of Student Lawyer. Here's how to avoid losing a job opportunity because of a fashion faux pas — and even save a few dollars building your wardrobe. Black Capri pants. Animal print strappy heels. Ties hitting

Job search advice for graduates

September 01, 2015

By Liz Stone LIZ STONE (estone@dubingroup.com) is managing director of The Dubin Group LLC, an attorney search firm in the San Francisco Bay area. You’re anticipating graduating and passing the bar, and you’re ready to find a job. Here are tips for your job search. Evaluate whether a recruiter will be able

Interview tips for law students.

8 Tips for A+ Interviews

September 01, 2015

By Susan Fine. Of course, you’ve prepared for job interviews. But before you meet with any prospective employer, be sure you’ve covered these eight bases. Everyone agrees that good preparation is the key to a successful interview. But what sets the top performers apart? They ensure that their preparation goes well beyond

6 Interviewing traits you should have

September 01, 2015

By Casey Berman CASEY BERMAN (casey@leavelawbehind.com) graduated from law school in 1999 and is now a San Francisco-based entrepreneur and founder of Leave Law Behind, a blog helping lawyers find alternate careers. When I was a freshman in college, I was given one of the most valuable items a

Networking tips from those who dread it

September 01, 2015

By ADAM FRIEDL ADAM FRIEDL (ajfriedl@nycourts.gov) is deputy director of the Midtown Community Court in New York City, a demonstration project of the Center for Court Innovation. “You should network.” It probably ranks somewhere between “build your personal brand” and “start contributing 10 percent of your income to a 401(k) at

resume dos and donts.

Do’s and don’ts for resumes and cover letters

September 01, 2015

By Mark Weber When you have approximately 15 seconds to grab the attention of an employer who’s scanning your resume and cover letter, how can you make a strong first impression? Here’s a road map. First, before you even begin working on a resume and cover letter, clean up your online presence.

Open doors at law firms

September 01, 2015

By Carol Kanarek CAROL KANAREK (ckanarek@aol.com) is a former transactional lawyer who has also earned her master’s degree in social work. She has provided career-related services to lawyers, law students, and law firms for more than 30 years. Resumes and cover letters are the key to sparking the interest of potential employers. The