January 10, 2015

8 tips for working a room full of lawyers

LegalJob recently provided advice to folks planning on attending a legal networking event.   Here are some highlights: ► Get the list of the attendees beforehand and zero in on two or three people with whom you are interested in connecting. ► Research these people, and dig deep.  The internet is just a good starting point.  In your research, think about ways you can possibly be […]
December 29, 2014

Associates — here are five ways to get a head start on 2015

This time of year provides a great opportunity to get a head start on 2015.   Consider taking these five steps: 1. Develop your relationship with a mentor.  Do you have a helpful mentor with whom you work well?  If not, perhaps now is a good time to consider possible candidates and reach out to them.  If you have a mentor, consider reaching out to him […]
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/FreeDigitalPhotos.net.
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/FreeDigitalPhotos.net.
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 www.JennyLMaxey.com. Attempting to build a network can be costly – new suits, reception or conference fees, professional group membership […]
October 31, 2014

Effective communication with partners

LegalJob was recently asked whether it is appropriate to ask a partner for an explanation for some of his decisions regarding how much of his billable time was written off or discounted. This is a thoughtful question and the advice ties together at least three of the best practices discussed in Making Partner:   having a partner mind-set being firm/partner/client centric, and making others look good. […]
October 24, 2014

Keys to associate success — part two

This post is the second of a two-part series providing practical tips for becoming a rising star.  Below are some suggestions for:  (i) taking ownership, (ii) using a soft and measured approach and tone, and (iii) managing time effectively.  These principles are discussed in further detail in Making Partner. 1. Taking ownership. a.)  Demonstrate with your words that you believe each issue is indeed your problem as opposed to […]
October 18, 2014

Keys to associate success — part one

This post is the first of a two-part series providing practical tips for becoming a rising star. Two important steps in this order are to: (i) understand what is expected; and (ii) provide a thoughtful recommendation (after performing the research and analysis required).  Both of these principles are discussed in further detail in Making Partner. 1. Understand what is expected Understanding expectations is a big part […]
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 31, 2014

The business of law

One great way to distinguish yourself from peers and to attract and have clients for life is to understand the business of your client, as discussed in Making Partner.  Here are five ways to do that: Read all of client’s big documents. If client is a publicly traded company, read the annual and quarterly reports filed with SEC and the latest prospectus. These documents contain valuable […]
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 […]