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
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
The best lawyers are those who are constantly open to growing, and sometimes that growth comes from unexpected sources.
Following in their footsteps: Those still knee-deep in law school and those who’ve graduated share what they learned about how to succeed.
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.
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
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.
The struggle between great financial success and practicing in the public interest is real. Here are five steps to overcoming the challenges.
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
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
The ABA is launching a new mentoring program to connect law students with its 400,000 lawyer members. But it’s probably not what you think.
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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
Hiring managers and partners across the country offer their best tips for avoiding these mistakes they still see way too often.
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."
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
By Fabiani Duarte Mercer University— Walter F. George School of Law Chair, ABA Law Student Division firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
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
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
By Liz Stone LIZ STONE (email@example.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
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
By Casey Berman CASEY BERMAN (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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
By ADAM FRIEDL ADAM FRIEDL (email@example.com) 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