December 16, 2014

Law students — be other person-centric

Successful lawyers have in common that they focus on addressing the client’s needs, wants, quirks, and preferences.  They are able to put themselves in the mind of their client because they are constantly asking their clients what they want or learning what they are thinking about.  As discussed in Making Partner, this same mentality will help you achieve lots of success in your law career.  Your […]
November 13, 2014

More! Law students here are more tips for discovering your dream legal job

This post is the second part to reinforce the idea that before you can have a chance of obtaining your dream legal job, it helps to understand what that concept of “the dream legal job” means for you.  Check out this link for additional tips on how to go about that process.   Image courtesy of posterize/
November 9, 2014

Law students check out these tips for discovering your dream legal job

Before you can have a chance of obtaining your dream legal job, it helps to understand what that concept of “the dream legal job” means for you.  Check out this link for tips on how to go about that process.   Image courtesy of conmac/
November 4, 2014

Building a legal network on a budget (for law students)

LegalJob’s guest blogger Jenny Maxey provides some networking nuggets below for law students.  Jenny is the author of Barrister on a Budget: Investing in Law School…without Breaking the Bank, which will be available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble on November 17, 2014.  To find out more information, visit Attempting to build a network can be costly – new suits, reception or conference fees, professional group membership […]
September 13, 2014

Advice for aspiring law students

This post provides advice for getting into law school and for maximizing your chances of obtaining a legal job upon graduation. The bottom line is that in addition to top LSAT scores, grades, and schools, you can distinguish yourself in the application process by a) demonstrating that you are focused such that you are likely to be one of those students with several job prospects upon […]
August 23, 2014

Four keys to effective networking

There is plenty of good information out there on networking.  This link adds to the discussion and the advice found in Making Partner by elaborating on four keys to effective networking, namely:  first seek to provide value to the person with whom you are networking, then help people help you by being specific about what you want, what you offer, and how they might help.    Image […]
July 24, 2014

Law students — try both positioning and letting life happen (part three)

To refresh, LegalJob suggests you position yourself for maximum job opportunities by “picking a major,” excelling in classes in that major, and obtaining relevant work experience in the area.  In addition to positioning, LegalJob suggests that it does not hurt to be open to opportunities you had not previously considered. While letting life happen and being open to various opportunities, remember to ask upfront about the […]
July 21, 2014

Law students — try both positioning and letting life happen (part two)

This post speaks to the “let life happen” piece while you continue to cover all your bases and position yourself for maximum opportunities throughout your legal career. This material will be presented in two parts (so a total of three posts on the whole subject). No matter how rigorous you have planned, life may bring you an opportunity you have not considered. This post will help […]
July 19, 2014

Law students — try both positioning and letting life happen (part one)

LegalJob recently participated on a jobs panel where there was a healthy debate about whether law students and associates should plan as much as possible by focusing on only one type of law practice and further, a niche within that practice area.  The argument against planning everything out is that you cannot control life no matter how hard your plan.  That is true.  Also, the dissenters worried […]
June 15, 2014

Understanding the real problem you are trying to solve

The concept of understanding the problem you are trying to solve may be one of the most important keys to being an effective lawyer.  To wit, this blog has a number of posts that cover this issue in the context of providing advice for meeting expectations of law firm partners as does the book Making Partner. The concept is so important, however, and it comes up […]
May 28, 2014

Five tips for securing government jobs (without much pre-planning)

As discussed throughout this blog and in Making Partner, the best plan for law students to secure any job is to pick a major early, take classes in that area and do well, and gain some substantive work experience in the area.  For those that have not planned ahead, consider these five steps. 1.  Do some research to find out what agencies are hiring. Talk to […]
May 4, 2014

Positioning yourself for the next legal job

Consider the following tips when seeking that next (or the first) legal job. 1. Pick a practice area and a specialty within that practice area, as discussed in Making Partner Preferably this step is done in law school so you have plenty of time to get work experience and take classes in the area, but it is never too late 2. Meet with people with similar […]