December 18, 2010

Why work at a big law firm

A reasonable question. Everyone has their reasons. Sally Kane provides 15 in her article on (linked here), some of them more compelling then others.
December 14, 2010

Do not let rejection letters stop you from pursuing “dream” firm

Thank you for your interest in the D.C. office of ___________. Although we were impressed with your qualifications, I regret to advise you that we are unable to consider your application at this time.
December 11, 2010

Business development

Above the law recently posted a good article on business development. Check it out here.
December 11, 2010

What They Didn’t Teach You in Law School

Here is a link to a very helpful article (appearing in this month’s Washington Lawyer magazine) providing twenty-five suggestions that can help you thrive in private practice.
December 4, 2010

Tips for strong resumes

Recently, I have helped several young lawyers edit their resumes. Overall, three points: Keep the resume succinct and specific, show specialization where possible, and sell yourself.
November 25, 2010

Set up follow-up contact

The strong cover letter should be supplemented with follow-up contact. Lay the groundwork in the cover letter.
November 23, 2010

How many years of service should I be credited upon joining a big firm

I am asked this question a lot by people leaving one job (that is not a big firm) and joining a big firm.
November 20, 2010

When does it make sense to jump

Sometimes, I am asked about when it makes sense to move from one big law firm to another. I am interested in your thoughts.
November 11, 2010

Meet high billable target solely for compensation

No, there are many reasons to work toward meeting the minimum billable hour target for bonuses.
November 10, 2010

Show serious commitment to practice area

Another way to separate from the pack of cover letters and resumes is to demonstrate serious commitment to a particular practice area.
November 8, 2010

State how you can add value (up front and at end)

An effective cover letter should state how you can add value. In particular, the mission is to:
October 23, 2010

Be rigorous because tiny details matter

When preparing any correspondence or your resume, be as close to perfect as you can. Here are some suggestions: Pay attention to every little detail.