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Are major law firms really as diverse as they claim to be? Find out why they have a hard time embracing diversity in this article. READ MORE >
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Question: I’m an openly gay, third year corporate associate currently working in a Top 10 AmLaw firm. I’m looking to lateral to another top firm. How “out” should I be on my resume? READ MORE >
I am a 10th year practitioner in New York City, and, more recently, I've heard people say that I am ''past my prime.'' What does that mean, exactly? Am I not marketable anymore? READ MORE >
Opportunities for women in law firms today abound and marketing is no different. However, there are several keys to success that are critical to incorporate into your personal game plan. This article will describe the new rules of law firm and lawyer marketing and the keys to your success in capitalizing upon them. READ MORE >
Let me start this article off by talking about myself. I am the oldest of three and was probably the most ''driven'' and ''motivated'' of my siblings. Competitive by nature, I had to get straight A's in high school and college. An ''A-'' could bring me to tears. My drive, my need to succeed is what led me to apply to law school while in college (as a psychology major, I eventually ruled out PhD programs). Once I got into law school and knew where I was headed, I arrogantly declared to my friends I would be making over $100,000 a year before my 25th birthday. READ MORE >
Due to the economic crisis, I have been spending a lot of time on the phone with outstanding lawyers who have been left in desperate situations. Many of these attorneys, from junior associates to senior partners, come from top law firms and have excellent academic credentials. The tone of the conversation is one of desperation and frustration. Perhaps the most frustrated are the senior and partner-level attorneys who have a wealth of experience to bring to the table, but have not had any success getting a firm to talk to them. These candidates are disgusted because their willingness to be flexible and take a hit in title or class year in order to make a move is rejected. READ MORE >
We've all heard a story like this: a motivated, highly successful (generally female) associate at a top-tier law firm earns a reputation for being the ''go-to'' associate in her department, earns rave reviews for her work, and is on the fast track to partnership. Then she has a baby, takes a maternity leave, and returns to work full-time, convinced she can balance it all. However, shortly thereafter, reality sets in—she realizes that balancing a successful career while raising a child is practically impossible to achieve. READ MORE >
Do any of the following scenarios sound familiar? You have been working for years in a high-level career that is not taking you where you want to go. Or you have been slaving away working on your Ph.D. and are facing many more years of fairly thankless work in other peoples' labs at student wages before you see any chance for autonomy or recognition. Or you have one of those degrees (such as in electrical engineering, computer science, or physics) you have heard all the intellectual property law firms are seeking. If you are a sophisticated, bright individual who has done a little poking around, you may have come to the conclusion that studying law as a mature student and obtaining your law degree will be the solution to all your problems-your ticket to Nirvana, the inside track to wealth and prestige! And it might even lead to interesting work. READ MORE >
Res Ipsa Loquitur: An Insider's Reflections on Work Trends at "New Economy" BigLaw Firms READ MORE >
Q. I am a corporate attorney with good credentials. I went to a top local law school, graduated with honors and I work for a respected mid-sized firm. I like my work, but I feel overwhelmed by the demands and how little personal time I have. In short, I would like to reduce my hours. My firm has accommodated lawyers in other practice areas who have requested a part-time schedule, but up until now I have been afraid to broach the subject with the partners at my firm. Part-time seems like an option that has only been granted to working mothers and I am neither a parent nor female. How do I make a case to my firm to allow me to work part-time? Are there any firms that might hire me on a part-time basis. READ MORE >
Traditionally, many smaller and earlier stage companies have met their need for legal services by retaining an outside law firm. Many rightly believed that their budget and workload would not justify the considerable expense of an experienced, full-time ''General Counsel'' to handle day to day issues, and to provide proactive advice about upcoming issues. READ MORE >
The struggle to balance career and family is not a new problem, but one that many employers have recently started to address and implement policies about. These changes are no longer an administrative annoyance, but are being recognized as actually adding value to firms and giving them an edge in a competitive environment. Obviously, having two working parents in a household is not uncommon, nor is single-parent support of the family-it is becoming the norm. Individuals need to find time for responsibilities outside of work. Therefore, it is important that firms address their level of commitment to institutionalizing and publicizing support for alternative work schedules. READ MORE >
Historically, law firms have been conservative environments, and as a result, gay attorneys (which includes gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered attorneys) have largely kept their sexual orientations to themselves out of fear of being ostracized, rejected, and discriminated against. Many of us have witnessed or heard of stories in which a very highly regarded attorney's sexual orientation was somehow disclosed (or leaked) to his or her firm, resulting in negative consequences for the attorney. READ MORE >
Many junior attorneys work incredibly hard for four years to get top grades at first-tier law schools, work on law reviews, and get offers from prestigious firms. Then, they face unplanned speed bumps in their careers when their fiances feel it is time to live in the same city, get serious about their commitment, marry, and settle down. Legal recruiters receive many questions in relation to different versions of this scenario. The following is what I tell attorneys in this position. (Many of these thoughts may apply to same-sex couples as well, where one partner is relocating to meet the needs of the relationship.) READ MORE >
As the economy sinks, competition for good legal jobs, both in-house and at law firms, is on the rise. READ MORE >
Managing Director of BCG's New York office Danice Kowalczyk delivers an in-depth exposé on women and corporate success. READ MORE >
"I liked that the recruiters I worked with were very polite and responsive. I didn't have..." Read moreLeo DelgadoHarvard Law School, Class Of 2015Placed at Winston & Strawn LLP.
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Andrew WolfWilliam and Mary, Class Of 2013Placed at Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP.
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Evelyn FrenchUniversity of Georgia School of Law, Class Of 2015Placed at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, PC
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James TorresHarvard Law School, Class Of 2014Placed at Jackson Lewis P.C.
"I was just notified yesterday that Fenwick is inviting me for a phone interview. It's all..." Read moreRichard PraseuthLoyola Law School, Class Of 2010Placed at Kirkland & Ellis LLP.Hacienda Heights, CA
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Jason BrownSouthern Methodist University, Class Of 2013Placed at Norton Rose Fulbright LLP