February 27, 2012
consider law school reputation, specialty, special incentives, writing and speaking

Distinguishing yourself at every turn

LegalJob recently attended an event with prospective law students for a particular top twenty law school.  The dean spoke and highlighted some of the items that made this law school different (and more attractive) from other top twenty-law schools.  During his remarks, it occurred to LegalJob that selecting a law school that prides itself on how it is different from others is important because nowadays success in […]
February 15, 2012
Picking law specialty networking effectively making informed decisions preparing strong resumes

Direction for a 1L — part two

Here is more advice for the 1L (or anyone) looking for some direction regarding a particular area of law to pursue. This post covers a potpourri including: i) effective networking etiquette; (ii) resume pointers (and helpful summer jobs or other work experience); and (iii) when to make a decision about which path to pursue. Effective Networking Etiquette. When someone agrees to meet with you, make sure […]
February 8, 2012
Network smart to get direction.

Direction for a 1L — part one

LegalJob recently met with a 1L looking for some direction regarding a particular area of law to pursue. All he knew was that he is interested in working at a big firm. The advice provided could be applicable to other 1Ls or even any law student. How do you pick an area when you have no idea what a real lawyer in that practice area does […]
January 31, 2012
How will you distinguish yourself

Should I go to law school

For this week’s mailbag, LegalJob attempts to provide some insight to help address the common question of “should I go to law school given the uncertain job market and the huge cost?”  There are plenty of sites that provide good advice about pros and cons to consider.  Here is one. With the benefit of hindsight and observation of the most successful law school graduates, LegalJob provides the […]
January 2, 2012
Be genuine, show enthusiasm, and close strong.

Advice for job seekers — part three

This is the last post in the series providing advice for big firm job seekers. This post provides additional guidance for interviewing and effective follow up. Interview tips: Money and level/associate year/title — Do not get tripped up on this one. Generally, there is not much to be gained by disclosing your preference regarding salary and associate year (or other level/title, etc.).  You may be negotiating […]
November 27, 2011
Distinguish yourself from the other candidates.

Advice for job seekers — part one

Below are some tips for big firm job seekers.  This information will be posted in two parts. This part provides ideas for demonstrating serious interest and commitment to a particular area of law and for preparing effective resumes. Demonstrate real interest in a particular area of the law. ► Get out there by writing and speaking on current legal topics ● Start your own blog ● […]
November 8, 2011
Pick a specialty to focus on

Career advice for 1Ls (part one)

LegalJob recently talked with several 1Ls concerning career advice.  This post is the first of two summarizing the advice: Put yourself in a position to pick a specialty area (sooner rather than later). Talk to as many people as possible practicing in different areas and learn how they spend their days. Take advantage of programs offered by your law school or local bar group Participate in […]
September 12, 2011
See the trees. Succeed at the legal job.

Parsing through minutiae (for the law student and the law firm associate)

LegalJob was asked by a law student  “how can you tell what is important or what is going to be on the final exam.  It seems like there is so much minutia so it is hard to tell.” Generally, the law school is testing you on your ability to parse through all of the minutiae and determine what is important — in other words “how to […]
April 16, 2011

Networking for introverts

LegalJob is pleased to introduce our guest blogger Katie White, Career Consultant and Networking Coach, The George Washington University Law School.   Question: I am basically a shy person, so networking does not come naturally to me.  What do you advise?   Answer:  A large percentage of lawyers are uncomfortable with networking, and might classify themselves as “introverts.”  However, they have been able to learn to tackle networking and to […]
March 21, 2011

How do I get into law school off the waiting list

Below is a copy of today’s Monday MailBag post.   Q:  I am not sure if LegalJob can help but my question has to do with getting into law school.  I am on the waitlist at [a top twenty law school].  Does LegalJob have any advice for how I can increase my chances of getting in?   Answer:  Good question and not one LegalJob has ever […]
March 20, 2011

Overspecialization isn’t special

Written by Erik M. Jensen, David L. Brennan Professor of Law, Case Western Reserve University School of Law. I keep hearing people talk about how, in our increasingly specialized world, it’s necessary for students to specialize in law school.  If you want to be a tax lawyer, take nothing but tax courses (or get as close to that goal as your school’s tax curriculum permits).  If […]