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Will Law Firms Increase Salaries in 2015?

Earlier this month NALP released the results of its 2014 Associate Salary Survey which, to nobody's surprise whatsoever, showed that BigLaw associate starting salaries are not going up anytime soon. In fact, associates starting at large firms in 2014 are less likely to be making $160,000 than associates in the class of 2013. Read More >

Vault Celebrates the Top Law Firms for Pro Bono

The week marks the National Pro Bono Celebration--see which law firms ranked highest for pro bono commitment in Vault's annual associate survey. Read More >

Can Content Marketing Work for Your Firm?

In today's legal marketplace, a law firm of any size would be remiss to abstain from having a website or internet presence. A website provides potential clients with information about the firm and its services, and it can also be used as a way for the firm to demonstrate its expertise. While there are rules of professional conduct regulating the content of lawyer advertising, firms can still take advantage of content marketing to attract and retain clients. Read More >

Egg Freezing Perk: Latest Proof That Women Can’t Have It All?

The announcement this week from Apple and Facebook that they will offer egg freezing as a workplace benefit sparked a variety of mixed reactions, and understandably so. On the one hand such a move seems like major progress for workplace equality: Women can have it all, and if they are reaching a certain age and want to put pregnancy and child-rearing on hold, their employers will support them. Read More >

Give Up on Your Dream Job?

"Find a job you love, and you'll never work a day in your life." Words of wisdom or annoyingly ubiquitous career advice that's not actually accurate or helpful? Career/workplace issues expert Mart Nemko suggests that rather than looking for a "dream career," job hunters should focus on finding job satisfaction, even if that means working in a seemingly boring or ordinary position. Chasing your passion may be terrible advice for many people. Read More >

Where the Grass is Green and Lawyers are In Demand

"Too many lawyers" may ring true in the private sector, where plummeting hiring rates have left a high percentage of law grads without work. Big cities are full of JDs mired in student loan debt and unable to secure work in legal practice-which is frustratingly paradoxical, considering the high need for legal services in low income urban communities. Similarly, reports the ABA Journal, rural areas across the U.S. (many of them poor) lack access to legal services at a disproportionate rate. Read More >

This Attorney Really Doesn't Want You to Go to Law School

A personal injury attorney in Illinois may have solved the nation's underemployment crisis for law school graduates…paying them not to study law to begin with. To swat back the swarm of newly minted attorneys descending upon the legal job market, Matthew Willens of Willens Law Offices in Chicago and Rolling Meadows, Illinois offered a $1,000 scholarship to students working toward a graduate degree in a field other than law. Read More >

How to Become a SCOTUS Litigator

Listen up litigators. Think you're ready to tackle those tough constitutional questions; think your oral advocacy is persuasive enough to lure staunch conservative Antonin Scalia to the progressive side? Read More >

Which Lawyer Training Model is Right for You?

It's about that time of year when top candidates are sitting on multiple offers for summer associate positions, agonizing over which firm to choose. A firm can have the most high-profile group in your chosen practice area, or it may give the best bonuses, or it may be known for having a really "laid-back" or "fun" culture. None of that matters at the end of the day if new associates aren't learning how to practice law. Read More >

Can You Do Anything with a Law Degree? DC Lawyers Say Yes

When I lived in Washington, DC, I regularly frequented the delicious bakery CakeLove to buy cupcakes for friends' birthdays, or just to snag a few fresh-baked morsels from the free sample plate.  According to CakeLove's website, its founder Warren Brown "left a career practicing law to pursue his passion for baking." That was nearly 15 years ago, and today the DC food scene is full of ex-attorneys, reports The Washington Post. Read More >

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