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Things to consider when planning to take law courses

May 24, 2018

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

Fortune Teller

Are law schools preparing students for the future of law?

July 13, 2016

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?

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Ask the Hiring Attorney: How do I show my bar status on my resume?

June 16, 2016

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

Career Assistance

Working relationships with attorneys can take you to the next level

May 05, 2016

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,

Ban on paid internships removed

December 01, 2015

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

Cameo Joseph: A judge’s perspective on business

December 01, 2015

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

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

Legal career central

September 01, 2015

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

What kind of job is right for you

September 01, 2015

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

Build your skills through experience

September 01, 2015

By Susan Fine SUSAN FINE (sfine@law.gwu.edu) 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

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

Making the most of summer plans

April 01, 2015

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 student interviewing.

Master the Legal Interview

December 01, 2011

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.

Where are the jobs?

November 01, 2011

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.

Assessing part-time status: Is there a stigma?

November 01, 2011

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?