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Networking

OCIs and more: A tongue-in-cheek look at the legal job search

January 03, 2019

Besides finals, cold-calls, and the ever-present need to “keep it together,” a universal and timeless woe for most law students is the search and obtaining of employment. But, fear not fellow law students! Opportunity is everywhere.

Social Media

A law student's guide to using social media right

October 23, 2017

Are you nervous before you tweet? Do you avoid most social media altogether because you’re concerned about what could come back to haunt your future career? Aspiring lawyers are unsure about how or whether to use social media, and understandably so. Stories about social media posts jeopardizing careers plague the

Talking to Yourself

Take a pause and make a plan when using your filters

October 17, 2017

Question: I am a new lawyer, and I understand the need to keep my “filter” on. But it seems awkward to focus on that all the time. And I sometimes find that I have let my guard down before I know it. Any suggestions?

Professionalism

A word to new lawyers: We're all professionals here

September 28, 2017

The need to address behavior surprises many law students and young lawyers because they carry the assumption that adults should and will behave in a professional manner.  Unfortunately, experience shows that assumption is far from reality.  Being a professional goes beyond your work product and your everyday

Pledge

The Pledge of Professionalism a part of law school orientation

September 26, 2017

What was the first thing you learned in law school? Maybe it was why you should double check the name of the ship you’re loading with cotton? Or how you can be liable for someone losing their leg if all you did was kick them under

Modern-Office

Everyday work practices and techniques for new lawyers

August 28, 2017

The day to day life of a young lawyer is one of the aspects of the profession that is almost impossible to teach during the law school.  In my first post, I talked about working on your work product. While the nature of a specific practice will certainly

Discipline

Keep your practice out of disciplinary trouble with these tips

March 09, 2017

There are bad examples in every profession, even in the law. This webinar will help you from becoming the next bad example. "Steering Clear of Lawyer Discipline" addresses several pitfalls of the trends in today's legal field. Many recently licensed lawyers are going solo, practicing in small firm settings or are

Civility

Want a successful legal career? Be nice

December 01, 2016

You can zealously represent your clients without being a schmuck, and lawyers promise your career and your clients will be the beneficiaries.

Zealous Attorneys

A zealous lawyer's duties go beyond the client

August 30, 2016

One of the first things law students are taught is that, as lawyers, they will be expected to “zealously represent” their clients. But what exactly does this mean? Unfortunately, the imagery conjured by this turn of phrase only serves to perpetuate the pernicious notion—held by many non-lawyers—that lawyers will do anything

First Job

The dos & don’ts of your first job

July 25, 2016

Take those principles from your high school job at McDonalds or the mall, dress them up in a suit, add the following ten tips, and you’ll be on your way to a successful career.

Thumbs down

Ethics tip: When your logo is a no-go

June 24, 2016

Lawyers in solo practice and those starting new firms are sometimes advised to have a logo created to brand their law practice and thus differentiate it from the other firms. See, Do-It-Yourself Marketing: Tips for Solo and Small Firm Lawyers published by the ABA Section of Law Practice Management

Civility and Millennials

Are millennial lawyers less civilized?

March 22, 2016

Numerous jurisdictions are recognizing and lamenting the deterioration of civility in the legal profession. Some may be tempted to attribute this decline in courtesy to the influx of newly minted millennial attorneys to the profession.

The high costs of incivility

April 01, 2015

Many law students come to law school after being indoctrinated by television and movies, believing that an effective lawyer must be obstreperous, obnoxious, and rude to be successful. Lawyers, they believe, must fight their opponents on every point at every corner if they