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.
Ask the Hiring Attorney: How do I stand out at a law firm holiday reception while still playing it safe?
Q: I’m a law student getting ready to attend holiday receptions hosted by law firms. I hear so much about what I shouldn’t talk about, what I shouldn’t wear, what I shouldn’t do. So what can I do? How I can stand out in a room where everyone’s wearing a
LinkedIn is a favorite of lawyers, because it's still seen as the most professional of the social media platforms available. So, lawyers can feel comfortable engaging there, while remaining professional.
Now, I look at the term “network” differently now than I did when I entered law school. I may have tended to think of a network as more of a rolodex (linked image for those younger than me!) of business cards and faceless names at one point, but I realized that it is a network of friends, a group with shared experiences and fun memories, with whom I rolled up my sleeves and worked over the years.
I wish I had been more thoughtful about my legal career. When I started my legal career, like many new law firm associates, I did not fully appreciate what it meant to be a law firm associate nor did I have a plan for being successful. After practicing for several
As a law student, there are numerous opportunities for you to build and expand your professional community outside of the classroom environment. Becoming active in your local bar association during law school is an excellent way to get a jump start on building the community you will rely on as
Chicago-area law students, RSVP now to join the ABA Business Law Section on Thursday, September 14 from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., at the Sheraton Grand Chicago & Towers to learn from the substantive panel and networking event, “Pathways to a Successful Career in Business Law.” Hear from Business
You may be reading the title and thinking – really? Law school administrators and career services already tell us about the importance of networking, and some 1L teachers push us or even require us to interview a practitioner or to attend an event here and there. Still, law school doesn’t teach
Most law students quickly realize that law school is so much more than attending classes and studying. While your schoolwork is a critical component (and obviously the primary purpose of your being there), law school truly is the beginning of your legal career and, more importantly, your network. Each day
Before I say anything else, I first want to make it clear that starting a brand new law blog is a difficult job. This is why there are very few people running one and why a lot of people don’t dare to take this step. However, there is a process
It is a time of unrest in the 3L universe. The LAW SCHOOL wars are nearly over. The fiendish phantom known as THE BAR EXAM is a few months away. While your secret plans might be to rebel against reality, we say it's time to strike back and build your
I graduated from law school this past May, took the bar in July, and was fortunate to land a job as a federal judicial law clerk that started in September. What this really means: I’m no expert on law school curriculum. I do, however, have some sage advice to give
I’m in my last year of law school, and every day it seems like an arms race to the finish line and seems like as if everything is happening at once. You’re worried about getting those final assignments done and about keeping your GPA right to graduate with honors and
There are dozens of opportunities to engage, and they're all passing us by as we're focused on the world between our ears.
The is the first full week of December, and we all know what that means…Holiday party invitations are coming.For introverts like me, holiday parties are probably not high on your list of exciting December “to dos” – it’s not that we don’t love them; it’s just that they’re rather
As the world has gotten smaller, the globalization of law has enlarged the range of opportunities for recent law school graduates. At the center of global law and practice sits international commercial arbitration. Some two decades ago, The Economist called international commercial arbitration “the Big Idea set to dominate legal-reform
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.
I just forwarded a resume and other materials to several of my contacts at other law firms on behalf of someone who asked me to do so. Initially, that person only asked me to identify any people I knew at a list of law firms in the Chicago area. I
The ABA Business Law Section would like to introduce you to our its 2016-2017 Chair, Bill Johnston. He participated in the section's Leader Spotlight to share his experiences when he was once a law student and how the ABA has helped him.Q: Where did you attend law school?
This past year as a 1L (for about 2 more weeks) I was reminded of what it was like to be the new person on campus. It’s all so new. I had no idea what to expect. What’s a law school class like? Final exams? Will I make friends? Will
Grades are the pizza crust of law school. Some people will spend extra resources making the crust special – stuffed, thin, garlic. Some people will allocate too few resources and end up with too little crust altogether. But regardless of the quality of the crust, it is of little use standing
How should you refer to people that you interact with professionally? Start with a formal salutation - especially for professors and administrators.
Networking. It’s a single word that can strike fear into the hearts of law students. From the moment you step onto campus as a first-year student, networking is championed by career services, experts, and scores of experienced lawyers. Here, your fellow students across the country tell their stories of how they landed an interview or a job by just being themselves, being resourceful, and using fate to their advantage.
If you weren’t there to take advantage of the learning, networking, and futurebuilding that happened at the 2016 ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, here are just three things you missed.
Boston-area students, the ABA Business Law Section is bringing the knowledge to you with a substantive panel and networking event on Sept. 7. "Pathways to a Successful Career in Business Law" will be held at five Boston-area schools and will feature business lawyers from across the country discussing emerging business