The first recorded etiquette rules are traced to 2400 B.C., and many are still important today in the practice of law. So it goes without question that law students should learn, hone, and abide by basic etiquette guidelines. To narrow down the long list of rules, here are four main categories to
It should have been among the first courses you took. It’s far more important than civil procedure or property. It’s about what was already buried deep within you when you decided to go to law school. As a stranger to the profession and to what
There’s no shortage of incivility in the country today. On what seems like a daily basis, we’re witness to more divisiveness, more violence, and more ugly rhetoric than I’ve ever experienced in my lifetime. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we, as lawyers and future lawyers,
There’s been a lot of discussion about the future of the legal profession, and the type of lawyer you will need to be in order to succeed in it. Some law schools are embracing this in fits and starts, while others are lagging behind, so it falls to law students to identify
Get ready to navigate the fast-changing social terrain— during your summer externship, at your first off-campus interview, at a clerkship, or as you transition into your first “real world” job after your final semester—with these helpful tips from fellow students and legal professionals. 1. Think…and
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.
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
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?
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
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
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
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
You can zealously represent your clients without being a schmuck, and lawyers promise your career and your clients will be the beneficiaries.
It’s no coincidence that my editor’s note is in this issue, which focuses on civility. The topic is important to me, particularly because I plan to go into litigation after law school.
How should you refer to people that you interact with professionally? Start with a formal salutation - especially for professors and administrators.
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
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.
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
When we talk about professionalism, we’re talking about a few things, all of which work together to demonstrate that you are trustworthy and competent.
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.
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