January 23, 2015

5 things every mentee must know

Legal job posts a lot about the role of a mentor and a sponsor (which often are two different people) and the importance of securing one as a junior law firm associate. This post focuses on the mentee because securing a quality mentor is only half of the equation.
February 21, 2015

5 questions to ask that may help you find your perfect legal job

Many junior lawyers find themselves unhappy at firms for different reasons. The overriding theme seems to be that the experience turns out to be inconsistent with their expectations.
March 14, 2015

Secrets of successful business people

LegalJob recently came across a book ostensibly for business leaders seeking to become more effective presenters but the material can just as easily apply to lawyers seeking to become more effective at the business of practicing law.
March 30, 2015

More secrets of successful business people

This post continues with the concepts from 10 Simple Secrets of the World’s Greatest Business Communicators (herein “10 secrets”).
April 28, 2015

Secrets of exceptional associates

This post is the first of three summarizing what 10 big firm partners think contributed to their success as an associate.
April 29, 2015

Setting expectations

Associates often underestimate the time it takes to complete a project. The thinking is that they want to encourage the partner to provide more opportunities and they understand that generally the preference is for the assignment to be completed quickly (today) and efficiently (with as small amount of time billed as possible).
May 2, 2015


This article on Above the Law by a managing partner confirms the importance of being enthusiastic, one of the keys identified in an earlier post about how to be a superstar associate.
June 30, 2015

3 steps to getting your dream legal job

The keys to getting your dream job is to deeply understand what draws you (by doing meaningful research and going through the process of asking yourself hard questions and answering them) and being of service to people currently working at your dream job.
July 31, 2015

Telling your story

LegalJob has posted before on four keys to effective networking. The idea is to first seek to provide value to the person with whom you are networking.
August 15, 2015

More useful networking advice for lawyers

Here is another useful article which provides a different way to think about networking. LegalJob agrees with the author about the importance of not tying networking to a specific work goal.
August 28, 2015

5 steps to get dream Hill job

Legaljob has previously posted advice for getting your dream legal job. Along similar lines, LegalJob was recently asked for advice about getting on the Hill.
September 21, 2015

3 keys to giving advice

LegalJob was recently asked what makes a superstar associate. There are several items – sound judgment, the ability to present complex issues in a straightforward manner, etc.