Uncomfortable situations, even if not technically “discriminatory,” can occur even before you land your new job. Make your best defense a strong offense.
How do today’s law students (yes,we’re talking about students like you) stack up when it comes to making smart job-search moves?
Whether you’re becoming a full-time law student or simply getting ready to take night classes, law courses are a serious undertaking. It’s important to think carefully about and be prepared for the classes themselves, and there’s another whole range of concerns you may need to think about for
“What are your greatest strengths?” is a common interview question that makes job candidates struggle. The question creates a two-fold problem.
The most recent reports on the future of the legal industry show law firms are in a dire need of fresh talent, and new skills. However, the big question is: Are law schools preparing students for the future of law, and the changes already taking place?
Q: I’ve taken the bar exam, but I haven’t been admitted yet. As I send out resumes to law firms for entry-level attorney positions, how do I show this? A: Be very clear what your licensing status is. Depending upon where you are in the process, you can indicate
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,
A proposal to revise or eliminate a ban on student compensation for internships—advocated by the Law Student Division for more than two years—was removed from consideration by the ABA House of Delegates at the annual meeting in August. Instead, the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar announced
By AMY PHAN TAYLOR Cameo Joseph, a 3L at the University of South Carolina School of Law, joined a select group of diverse students from across the country to be part of the ABA’s Business Law Section Diversity Clerkship Program this past summer. Joseph clerked for the Hon. Clifton Newman, a circuit
The ABA has graciously invited me to write for its law school audience. I couldn’t think of anything more topical to write about for a law school audience than the information my peers and I wish we had known before embarking on our law school journey. My social network unanimously
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 Kathy Morris You can reach Kathy at Kathy@underadvisement.com, and I’ll share with the board your comments and suggestions. The ABA has launched a new resource to provide career guidance, the Legal Career Central. For pre-law students to law students to lawyers, the LCC's mission is to serve as the predominant reservoir
By Dr. Larry Richard. When lawyers or law students look for a job, they often make a common mistake—they begin by asking “What’s out there?” This is a great second question to ask, but not a very good initial question. Instead, they should first be asking “What’s in here?” In other
By Susan Fine SUSAN FINE (firstname.lastname@example.org) is director of professional development at The George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. You not only benefit from learning the skills, but you add value to your resume, cover letters and interviews. In addition to developing knowledge about different areas of the law, experiential
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
Law students hope for full-time, paid legal employment for the entire summer. Unfortunately, the final reality may differ for some students because of employers’ budgets, geographic restrictions, competition for limited positions, or other factors. When planning their summers, these students will want to explore a variety of options for unpaid
Law students must answer interview questions in the hopes of impressing someone enough to get a job offer. There is fear, anxiety, and, overall, the need to impress.
It's not news that for grads leaving law school, competition for entry-level positions is stiff and jobs are difficult to come by. But this doesn’t mean they are impossible to find—it just means applying a little more time and creativity to your search.
Many part-time students have opted for a reduced schedule because they have career, financial, or family obligations they cannot or do not want to put on hold while getting a law degree. Will attending law school part-time keep them from getting their dream job?