The Making of a Partner
To many associates, the process of election to partner remains a mystery, as reported by the New Jersey Law Journal.
The Perfect Storm
Events combined to decimate M&A work in 2001, prompting comparisons to dark days of the early '90s. Which downturn is worse? As reported by The American Lawyer.
Dealing With Evaluation Anxiety
Evaluations have taken on an importance that they never had before. Associates are not only judged on the basis of their work skills and performance targets but now have the added anxiety that termination could be the result of a less than glowing review, as reported by the New York Law Journal.
Layoffs in the Legal Profession
Cutbacks, quality assessments, workforce realignment, natural attrition -- these are just a few of the terms being used by law firms to soft pedal the increase in layoffs being seen throughout the legal profession. Altman Weil consultant Virginia Grant discusses why the frequency of law firm layoffs is often unknown, what types of firms, practices, or individuals are at risk, and creative alternatives for firms facing declining economics.
Part-Time Schedules Rarely Used by Partners, Associates
Although 95.9% of U.S. law firms allow part-time schedules for lawyers, only 3.5% of all lawyers work part-time. In December 2001, the National Association of Legal Placement (NALP) released its annual report on part-time schedules for lawyers. According to the report, the availability and use of part-time schedules varies depending on firm size, geographic location, and law firm culture. While larger firms are more likely to offer part-time schedules, lawyers in firms with fewer than 100 lawyers are more likely to work part-time.
Pro Bono in 2000
A discussion of Pro Bono work, requirements, and significant cases during the past year, as reported by The National Law Journal.
The Importance of Law Firm Reputations
An analysis of why attorneys often choose to practice law at prestigious firms, even though other firms offer higher job satisfaction and comparable pay, as reported by The American Lawyer.
The Clerk Race
Is race a factor in the choosing of Supreme Court clerks? Read this article and decide for yourself.
Advice for the Debt-Impaired
Life is not always a bowl of cherries for attorneys, even those with large salaries. Law school debt continues to haunt many lawyers a number of years after they've started their careers.
Planting Yourself in the Right Soil
You need to practice the type of law that best suits your intellect, personal lifestyle and pocketbook. It's critical to do a little self-analysis early in the game if you want to enjoy your work.
Balancing Your Office Life With Your Personal One
Make sure you don't neglect your personal life in pursuit of your career goals. You'll never achieve true happiness if you're neglecting either your personal life or professional life, particularly when you're starting your career.
Strategies for Self-Assessment
How to compile a useful self-assessment before making a career change. This article will direct you to many helpful resources (such as the Meyers-Briggs personality assessment test) that will help you become much more self-aware while designing a satisfying career path for yourself.
Taking Stock: Evaluating Your Current Position
Here are some pointers for evaluating your current employment situation so you can carefully decide whether or not you really want to change jobs at this time. Learn how you can determine if your current work is leading to a dead end or the fulfillment of your professional goals.
A Firm Choice
You need to be very specific when conducting your job search. You'll have to choose a setting, field (or industry) and detailed duties and responsibilities that you'll enjoy handling. This is an excellent, in-depth article that should prove helpful to many attorneys.