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 email@example.com 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 (email@example.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
By ADAM FRIEDL ADAM FRIEDL (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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
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.
By Carol Kanarek CAROL KANAREK (email@example.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
By Avery Blank AVERY BLANK (firstname.lastname@example.org) uses her legal training as a consultant and is a nationally recognized women’s advocate. Your online presence may now be the first impression you make on others. You can access information on the Internet about yourself and others more quickly and easily (for better or for worse)
By Ruth Carter Ruth Carter is the owner of Carter Law Firm and of counsel at Venjuris in Phoenix, Arizona. She was named an ABA Journal Legal Rebel in 2012 and a Phoenix Business Journal 40 Under 40 in 2013. She’s the author of three best-selling books on the legalities
As a lawyer in court, you’ll need two intellectual qualities: a head for the law and a head for the facts. Both are essential. You must be able to apply the right rule with common sense, and you must be able to show the
One more thing to work on: developing a thick skin “As a first-year lawyer, all kinds of people are going to tell you that you aren’t very good at what you are doing,” writes solo lawyer and blogger Sam Glover. “In fact, they will keep telling you that for years.” That may