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Law School Rankings
July 22, 2015

A Hiring Ban Based on Law School is a Bad Idea

I have mixed feelings about this piece in the Huffington Post titled “Why We Do Not Hire Law School Graduates from the Ivy League Schools.”  On the one hand, I am thrilled that the author, Adam Leitman Bailey, argues that students at the top of their class at lower ranked schools possess a unique kind of “grit” that should be valued by law firms.  I believe this with all my heart-- it's the reason I started this blog and why I speak at law schools and provide advice one on one to law students (for free).  I hate that BigLaw…
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Job Search
February 26, 2015

Why Law Students Who Want BigLaw Jobs Should Do OCI

On Campus interviewing - or OCI - is a grueling, even demoralizing, experience for any law student, so should students who attend lower ranked law schools even bother with it? Yes! OCI is a necessary part of the process of breaking in to BigLaw. While its true that odds are, at a lower ranked law school, you won't get your summer associate job at a BigLaw firm directly as a result of participating in OCI,  here’s just a few reasons why you should participate anyway. 1.  Get Your Foot Out of Your Mouth Everyone can benefit from going through multiple short, high-nerve,…
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Law School
February 25, 2015

Law schools try everything to reverse low enrollment.

This article in Bloomberg suggests that extreme measures taken by a couple of law schools to try to raise enrollment, such as waiving the need for students to take the LSAT, may become a larger trend. In my view, this is a welcome change, just given my experience of performing in law school (and frankly as a lawyer) far beyond the expectations of my underwhelming LSAT score.  I think the pool of enrolled law students will just get that much more interesting.  Certainly the LSAT preparation industry will do whatever it can to ensure that this does not become a trend.…
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Career Strategies
February 24, 2015

Low enrollment for law schools = better BigLaw job chances for grads.

As noted in this article posted in the UVA student newspaper: "The number of first-year law students has reached its lowest national level since 1973, according to an American Bar Association report." UVA law school credits this decline at their school not to "national trends" but to an "intentional effort" to lower student/faculty ratio.  Law school spin or not, the fact is that low enrollment numbers for law schools is actually great news for law students looking to break into BigLaw.  The applicant pool for BigLaw jobs is better now than it has been in several years.  According to the…
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Career Strategies
February 21, 2015

Law Students take note.

This excellent opinion piece in Newsweek is yet another reminder that the pool of candidates for jobs is smaller than it has been in years because law school enrollment has taken an unprecedented dip.  Of course the caveat is the reason behind the dip--less demand for legal services which means fewer jobs available for new lawyers. So how do you break into BigLaw in this environment? When summer associate classes have dropped from double to single digits? Especially when you aren't the first in your class or coming out of a "top" law school? The opportunities are there, but you have to be very…
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Career Strategies
February 6, 2015

Prepare Early to Break Into BigLaw

This U.S. News & World Report article is spot on with advice to high school students (now that's early!) to get out there and volunteer in order to gain invaluable experience if they see themselves aiming for law school in the future.  I am a firm believer that you will break into Biglaw and get the Big Firm summer associate and then associate position you desire if you take these steps. The earlier, the better. Have questions about successful strategies to get the BigLaw job you want? Get in touch now:
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Job Alternatives
November 3, 2014

“Compliance Jobs Draw Law-School Grads”

According to this post today on the Wall Street Journal's Risk and Compliance Blog, law school graduates unable to secure a BigLaw job after law school are applying for positions in the compliance departments of financial institutions: As the number of jobs open for law-school graduates in big law firms has shrunk, some of these graduates are turning to careers in the growing area of compliance. Law students and recent graduates thinking outside the box when it comes to employment is always a good thing, but let's hope this trend doesn't convince people who really could have a shot at snagging…
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BigLaw News
October 30, 2014

“Big Law’s Reality Check”

This report from the American Lawyer is choc full o' data and graphs that for the most part tell us what we already know:  Despite the economic downturn, the steady progress of technology and legal outsourcing, there is still a lot of demand for the legal services of BigLaw firms. By our estimates, in 2010 the Am Law 200 firms appear to have increased their share of the domestic U.S. legal market to 47 percent of all spending on law firms. And since then they have maintained that wildly disproportionate share. Of course, as the American Lawyer report points out, this is…
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Web Weirdness
October 29, 2014

Nestle Japan hiring 1,000 robots to sell espresso machines – Yahoo News

Nestle Japan hiring 1,000 robots to sell espresso machines - Yahoo News. I wonder if "Pepper" the robot could be outfitted to work as a BigLaw associate? If so, things may get that much more competitive...
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Law School
October 29, 2014

“Evaluating The Third Year Of Law School”

Interesting article in the Stanford Daily today analyzing the value of the third year of law school. My opinion is, and has always been, that law schools should get rid of that third year.  It is expensive. It is unnecessary.  But I think it will be a cold day in hell before law schools actually do such a thing.  We can all dream, though, can't we? “That’s why people say the third year is unnecessary,” Choi said. “You could take all your electives in the second year and then just be done.” Agreed.  I didn't attend Stanford Law, but I think this is…
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