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Job Search
October 28, 2014

“11 Job Search Myths, Debunked By A Recruiter”

Some of the "Myths" listed in this Good.co article fall into the Duh category, but some I strongly agree with.  Take for example: Job Search Myth #3: A cover letter isn’t necessary unless requested Truth: A cover letter is a huge asset in your job search, and should always be included. Over the years I have interviewed hundreds of law students and lateral candidates and very few have included cover letters with their application materials.  The folks who did stood out to me, especially when the letter included some interesting information about the candidate, above and beyond what was in the resume.  So I…
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Salaries
October 27, 2014

At last, some encouraging data on legal employment

Say what you will about the legal employment salary data recently posted by career site PayScale, the numbers are still encouraging.  Sure, as the American Lawyer points out, the 55 law schools on PayScale's list don't include most of the top schools in the nation, but it is good to see data showing strong earning potential for lawyers who graduated from lower ranked schools.    
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Law School
October 20, 2014

“Graduates of a Costa Mesa law school struggle to find stable employment…”

Disturbing article from the Orange County Register about terrible legal employment numbers from  troubled Whittier Law School.  The article quotes a couple of current students who appear hopeful, despite the bad numbers: NO REGRETS Stephanie Caughlin, president of the Student Bar Association at the Whittier Law School, is confident that a career in prosecuting criminals or intellectual property law awaits her after graduation. “If you make the time and make the effort, and do what the school encourages us to do, you will get a job,” she said. Some students just aren't motivated or don't take advantage of school resources,…
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Career Strategies
October 15, 2014

“Managing Your BigLaw Career From the Start”

Some life and career hacking tips for newly minted BigLaw lawyers can be found here.  Nothing earth shattering,  but good, commonsense advice written by someone who is currently a BigLaw associate.
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Career Strategies
October 13, 2014

Government Work Leads To BigLaw Success?

Interesting article on Law360.com: "A veteran litigator had an unorthodox suggestion for female BigLaw associates at a symposium in New York on Wednesday: Go into government." For various, mostly personal reasons, I did not take this path.  But I agree this is a common and rather successful way of asserting yourself in BigLaw, especially if you are a litigator and especially if you are interested in litigating white collar cases. Whether this path is more helpful to female attorneys is an interesting spin.  I think anyone, male or female, who can break into BigLaw should consider taking steps to also break into big government…
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Law School Rankings
October 11, 2014

‘Tis the Season for Law School Rankings

I agree with the comments from Above The Law.  These 2015 rankings have little connection to the real world of post-graduation law practice, but it is always interesting to see how law students (and the test prep industry) rank schools and student experiences while attending law school. Read the full post from ATL here. Gain access to the Princeton Review 2015 rankings here.  (Note registration is free but required.)  
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Law School
October 11, 2014

22 Reasons In Favor of Going to Law School

A Solid List From College Magazine & The Huffington Post: By Madison Rutherford on September 30, 2014 Senior > Journalism > San Francisco State University. 1. Know Your Rights Ever heard someone say, “Is that even legal?” Come to the rescue with an educated answer. Knowing your rights as a citizen, employee or tenant will come in handy before you make an assumption and accidentally cross the line. 2. Contest a Ticket Like a Boss After law school, you’ll finally know how to dispute that pesky parking ticket. Most people just give in and pay fines because they don’t feel…
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Inspiration
October 9, 2014

From Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius

Concentrate every moment -- on doing what's in front of you with precise and genuine seriousness, tenderly, willingly, with justice.  And on focusing yourself from all other distractions."
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Salaries
October 9, 2014

“Top Salaries for First-Year Associates Remain Flat at $160,000”

In any other industry, you would never see this headline, but here it is blazing atop a press release issued by the National Association For Law Placement ("NALP").  It is amazing to me that NALP and the press characterize these starting salaries for first year BigLaw associates as a bad thing. Sure, its true, there was a point when salaries appeared incessantly on the rise.  The NALP press release pin points it to year 2007, when BigLaw firms felt the need to one up one another by raising and raising and raising first year associates salaries over just a few months.  The…
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Debt
October 1, 2014

“$350,000 In Debt And Near Poverty-Level Income.”

This does not have to be you. Laura Shin, of Forbes.com, recently published a cautionary tale of one woman's struggle with mountains of student loan debt. Prior to obtaining her JD from Pepperdine Law School in 2009, the woman attended graduate film school at USC and before that she paid off her undergraduate debt as a media freelancer.  She now struggles to raise a child as a solo practitioner in the Midwest earning about 20k a year. She's currently on food stamps. Read the full article here.  The comments show the broad range of reaction to the woman's predicament. To be sure, her choices are a little infuriating,…
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