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Does the ad below look inviting to you? Have you been reading about the soaring success rate of the SnuggieTM? Did friends ring you in December and recommend it as the ''perfect gift?'' Welcome to my world. READ MORE >
This is undoubtedly an unpopular question for a legal recruiter to ask, but why are you an attorney? READ MORE >
A large law firm can be a harsh work environment. When you take a group of intelligent, ambitious, left-brained individuals, put them in charge of high-stakes work with tight deadlines, and give them highly paid but inexperienced associates, communication problems are bound to arise. READ MORE >
I am pleased to introduce you to Petunia Partner, a lovely figment of my imagination and my homage to all of the wonderful advice columnists of the world. Petunia joins us today to offer up her very special brand of practical advice for the everyday lawyer. I hope this first installment of Ms. Partner's lighthearted column helps you to avoid some of the common pitfalls that many lawyers face in today's hectic world. Petunia, take it away... READ MORE >
I am pleased to introduce you to Petunia Partner, a lovely figment of my imagination and my homage to all of the wonderful advice columnists of the world. In this second installment, Petunia continues to offer up her very special brand of practical advice for the everyday lawyer. I hope Ms. Partner's lighthearted column helps you to avoid some of the common pitfalls that many lawyers face in today's hectic world. Petunia, take it away? READ MORE >
On a daily basis, recruiters serve as agents for their candidates, with different degrees of success. What exactly is involved in effective and efficient agency on behalf of a client, and what should you look for in a recruiter/agent? In this article, we'll discuss some of the most significant components of effective agency: Advocacy, Goodwill, Ethics, Navigation, Competition, and Yield. READ MORE >
With big businesses gobbling up competitors and financial disclosure woes dominating the headlines, it is no surprise the market for legal professionals continues to expand ? albeit at a modest pace. READ MORE >
It's no secret that the downturn in the economy has caused the legal employment market to contract somewhat. But plenty of jobs still are available. Interested in learning more about how to pursue your career in this tough market? Come hear Carey L. Bertolet, a partner in BCG Attorney Search, share some valuable job-hunting tips. 1Ls, 2Ls and 3Ls are welcome to attend. After Ms. Bertolet speaks and answers questions from the audience, you are invited to join us for a reception with hot and cold hors d'oeuvres on the 2nd floor of Barrack, right next to the Career Planning suite. This event has been brought to the Law School courtesy of J.D. Jungle. READ MORE >
Small and typically more self-aware groups of attorneys are approaching their careers as businesses. Regardless of whether or not they are happy with their current employers, these attorneys focus on their short- and long-term goals to ensure their careers are on course. In essence, these attorneys understand that their careers are indeed businesses, and as such, they have business plans. This article focuses on the methods used by these attorneys and provides some tips on how to make sure you are on the right career path. READ MORE >
Try to list professions that inherently expect their members to give portions of their time to the underprivileged for free; it will probably be a short list. At the top of that list, however, would almost certainly be the legal profession. Pro Bono Publico: For the public good. ''Pro bono'' is practically synonymous with the word lawyer. But why is it that lawyers, unlike many other prominent professionals, are expected to provide free legal services to the disadvantaged? And why do law firms continue to support this endeavor? READ MORE >
Individualism is deeply ingrained in the culture of the United States. We live in a country where anyone can make it if they work hard enough. READ MORE >
If you are contemplating a lateral move, conventional wisdom dictates that you should keep your intentions confidential until you have accepted an offer at another firm. If your current employer learns that you are interviewing elsewhere, the effect on your career can be very negative. This is true both in the short run and in the long run. READ MORE >
Are you overworked? Tired of stressing about your billable requirements? Dissatisfied with the level of responsibility you are given or the quality of your deals? Miss having a life outside of the law firm? Not confident in the ability to make partner at your law firm? Been daydreaming lately about finding the perfect in-house position? READ MORE >
Unless you are part of a shrinking minority of lawyers who spend their careers at one firm, chances are you'll be changing jobs several times during your working life. READ MORE >
There has been no rash of pink slips at major Boston firms, and by most reasonable standards lawyers at large firms still work long hours.
But make no mistake about it: There are signs that the legal market is slowing. Corporate legal work is down and lateral hiring has become more selective. READ MORE >
Much of what there is to say about legal careers and marketing has already been said. Get a great education. Follow your interests. Do great work. Find a good mentor. Provide outstanding customer service to clients and partners and treat support staff with respect. READ MORE >
Once upon a time, law school graduates could join a firm right out of school, work hard for several years, do great legal work and expect to become a partner at the same firm.
About 20 years ago the world began to change, and today few junior associates at major firms have any real expectation of being elevated to member. READ MORE >
One of the most misunderstood facets of the legal recruiting industry is the following: You have many options when choosing a legal recruiter (not just the one that cold-called you), and how well you work with your legal recruiter will directly influence how successful the legal recruiter is in working with you. READ MORE >
Last year, I attended a workshop on stress management for lawyers. At the session, the presenter relayed the following anecdote. READ MORE >
Four years ago, Joel Burcat glanced around the bar at a Washington conference center where Kirkpatrick & Lockhart was holding its firmwide retreat and didn't recognize a soul.
He had joined the firm, now known as Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham, in 1988 as its 240th attorney. But by 2001, the firm's ranks had exploded to about 700, he said. Now, nearly 1,000 attorneys work for the transcontinental operation. READ MORE >
You've spent the last few months updating your resume, working with your recruiter, evaluating firms, and interviewing. Finally, all of the hard work has paid off, and what you have been waiting for has arrived: the offer. However, while you may feel a sense of relief, accomplishment, and happiness, you may also feel a sense of anxiety and uncertainty. This is a serious decision to make, and before making it, you should weigh certain factors carefully. READ MORE >
Now that fear about the Y2K bug has subsided, it is time to get back to business and make some resolutions for the coming year.
Personally, I thought it was prudent to take a "wait and see approach" before giving suggestions on how to approach career advancement in the year 2000. READ MORE >
As we grow and our organization experiences various changes, I think it is important that everyone here understand what we are doing as a group. Whether or not we realize it, these philosophies are something that guide us on a daily basis. READ MORE >
So you've taken CivPro, CrimPro, ConLaw, and Corps. You know your way in and around the codes, cases, and statutes (you always check the pocket part). You've mastered the research memorandum and oral argument in moot court. You know the Blue Book rules down to the last punctuation mark. BAR/BRI review books were your only reading material for months (okay, maybe you perused the sports page or the living section for a quick break). But now, you are going in to the firm every day, you are expected to be a "junior associate," and you have no idea what that means. Here a few tips to carry you through the day-to-day grind until you can prove you really were paying attention in law school. READ MORE >
The New Year is a good time to reflect on our lives. What did we do well over the past 12 months? Where did we fall short in our personal and professional lives? How can we improve ourselves in the coming year? And most importantly, what changes are we actually going to make? READ MORE >