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 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.
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.
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 11, 2010

Business development

Above the law recently posted a good article on business development. Check it out here.
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 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 23, 2010

What is the best way to connect with a busy partner at XYZ firm

This can be quite a project but if you are willing to put in the time and effort (and work on your salesperson skills), you should eventually be able to connect. Here are some thoughts:
January 4, 2011

Keys to effective networking at law functions

Here are my thoughts about making the most out of networking events (law-related or really any function):
January 8, 2011

What should I be doing in my fifth year as a big firm associate

I recently had the opportunity to talk with a fifth year associate at a big NY law firm. He seemed to be doing a lot of the right things and it occurred to me that others similarly situated may have the same questions.
January 14, 2011

Some perspective on less than perfect job prospects

Many people have been asking me about Sunday’s NY times article “Is Law School a Losing Game?”
January 16, 2011

A “hook” for getting into the big firm

One way to get hired at a big law firm in the non-taditional way (i.e., not top ten percent of class at ivy league school) is to have a hook — something that makes you unique that will help add to the law firm’s bottom line immediately.