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HUD

Consider a career as an attorney at HUD

September 18, 2018

Legal Honors Programs are the primary hiring vehicle for entry-level attorneys in the federal government.  But many law students do not know that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has a Legal Honors Program. If you are currently a 3L, applications for the 2019-2020 program are due by September 21, 2018.

Start now to become tomorrow’s legal leader

January 01, 2018

Leadership is a skill that’s essential to most legal roles. As student now and shortly a new lawyer, you may think you’re not qualified to assume a leadership role today or when you land your first legal job because of youth, inexperience, or your short tenure on the job. However,

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How ABA leadership roles shaped my career

January 01, 2018

You’re busy with school. The bar exam looms, and career choices are pending. You’ve got no time to think about how the American Bar Association fits into your world right now. Maybe you can get to active involvement with the ABA later. I completely understand that mentality. But based on my own experience, it may mean that you’ll miss out on opportunities that could, literally, shape your career.

I Wish I'd Known: Put away your ladder

January 01, 2018

Up until now, you’ve been climbing a ladder. You got good grades in high school, which helped you get into a good college. Then you worked hard in college so you could get into a great law school. Now you’ll be tempted to view law school as just another ladder. You’ll

Personal Injury

Should law students consider becoming personal injury lawyers?

December 18, 2017

Back in 1995, when I graduated from law school, the common approach to finding a job after law school went something like this: Examine job board.  Submit resume. Wait for requests for interviews from participating law firms.  Attend numerous interviews.  Receive several job offers.  Select future career path from among those

Bankruptcy Law

What you need to know to get into bankruptcy law

April 11, 2017

To excel in the field of bankruptcy law, you must play the role of a litigator, transactional lawyer and trusted advisor. The time and effort you put into preparing yourself for these roles and selecting the ideal career setting will help ensure your success in this realm. With the right

Politics Careers

Is politics your passion?

January 01, 2017

A Congressional staffer shares his story and offers suggestions on how to build a satisfying career in public service.

Classroom

Be brave: Take this personal challenge

January 01, 2017

I’m proud to welcome you to this issue, which provides invaluable information about what you can do with your degree while going off the beaten path.

Slip and Fall

You'll be floored by what a slip and fall attorney does

October 21, 2016

Slip and fall injuries are very common legal issues, and often very complex. Premises law is a complicated legal area when the basics of a personal injury case are being established. Just as in an auto accident, there are often competing versions of events, especially when the defendant is a business

Law Student Podcast

Podcast: Finding Alternative Careers in the Law

August 31, 2016

In this episode of the ABA Law Student Podcast, host Sandy Gallant-Jones talks with Above the Law Editor Joe Patrice, CuroLegal CEO Chad Burton, LegalZoom General Counsel Chas Rampenthal, Clio Lawyer in Residence Joshua Lenon, and Legal Talk Network Executive Producer Laurence Colletti about alternative careers in law. Joe opens the

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Insights from the women of cybersecurity

May 13, 2016

With at least one million cybersecurity job openings in 2016, why do women make up only 11 percent of the information security workforce? Breaking the traditional notion of a male-dominated industry, the ABA Section of Science & Technology Law (SciTech) is highlighting women who are using their passion for

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 first thing you need to do

Secret Lawyer: Meet the Brains Behind North America’s Music Festival Scene

February 01, 2015

By entering law school, Simon Rust Lamb was launching a second career. After college, he’d already started his own indie music label and worked as a freelance journalist for music magazines. So when he graduated from Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles in 2007, entertainment law was a natural specialty. After

Adventurers Sought in Rural America

February 01, 2015

By Karen Schwartz Karen Schwartz (writerks@sbcglobal.net) is a freelance journalist and business writer based in Oak Park, Illinois. You may seek work at a firm in a large city where you’re paid handsomely, specialize in one type of law, and there’s a Starbucks on every corner where you can grab a cup

SIXTH CIRCUIT: Sarah Perlmutter: Clerking in Israel During the Gaza Conflict

December 01, 2014

By M. Blair James M. Blair James is a 3L at the University of Kentucky College of Law in Lexington. In today’s economic climate, law students jump for joy with the opportunity to work as a summer clerk at a firm or government entity. While most students seek work in familiar territory,

Been There, Done That—Stand Out with Practical Training

November 01, 2014

Are you making choices that will keep you competitive in the job market? Legal employers are calling for “practice-ready” graduates who can hit the ground running when it comes to performing on the job. The economics of practice disfavor past-used training structures where new attorneys tagged along to depositions, meetings,

Are Career Services Offices Making the Grade?

October 01, 2014

By Ed Finkel Ed Finkel is a freelance writer and editor based in Evanston, Illinois. Spencer Merk, who graduated this past spring from Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University, wasn’t shy about squeezing his career services office (CSO) for leads. This proactive attitude separated him from many of

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The Waiting Game - Understanding the Interview Process in Law School

October 01, 2014

While you’re on pins and needles this semester, awaiting word about the permanent job offer you’re hoping for, you can’t help but wonder: What’s taking so long? “Waiting is a source of tremendous stress for students. It can be a long, lonely wait, especially if your classmates already have jobs,” said