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Accelerated JD Programs Aren't Innovative Enough to Succeed

When Northwestern announced their Accelerated JD program in 2008, the law school touted their new program as an innovation that would "minimize opportunity costs and maximize learning for high achievers eager to resume their careers."  But last week Northwestern abruptly ended the program after only six years, citing the inability to grow the pool of applicants enough to make supporting the program economically viable. Read More >

What to Do When You’re Jobless After OCI

The law school OCI program is wrapping up. While a number of law students have successfully secured employment for the summer of 2016, a great many have not. If you have found yourself in the daunting, and wholly unwelcome, position of having to extend your job search, do not despair. Contrary to popular belief, your legal career has not ended before it even started. You are, however, in a tough spot and your situation needs to be addressed immediately and aggressively. Read More >

From BigLaw to BIGLAW: An Interview with Novelist Lindsay Cameron

Lindsay Cameron is an author and former BigLaw corporate associate who quite literally wrote the book about life in BigLaw.  Lindsay penned the recently-published BIGLAW: A Novel, the story of a young, overworked big firm corporate associate who gets into hot water with the SEC.  Accurately marketed as "The Devil Wears Prada meets One L," it's an exciting and interesting read, especially for anyone who works, has worked, or will work in BigLaw. Read More >

Announcing Vault’s New Best Midsize Law Firms to Work For Rankings

I am pleased to announce that Vault has released its first ever Best Midsize Law Firms to Work For Rankings and Nutter McClennen & Fish tops the list, a title earned through high ratings in Vault's numerous Quality of Life categories, including Satisfaction, Firm Culture, and Compensation. In the No. 2 spot is litigation boutique Caldwell Leslie & Proctor, which trails Nutter by a mere 0.067 points. Read More >

Law Firm Rankings Are Meaningful

Over the last few months there have been several attacks of The American Lawyer's rankings of the 200 highest grossing firms in the country.  In a video posted on Bloomberg's Big Law Business blog, law firm consultant Bruce MacEwen criticized the AmLaw 200, stating: "I've realized over the last few years that I think that category, the AmLaw 200, is increasingly meaningless as a conceptual category. Read More >

Are Associate Cubicles the Next BigLaw Trend?

New associates at Paul Hastings' New York office are in for a novel seating arrangement when the firm moves into its new digs next year: cubicles.  Although newer associates at New York law firms often share offices with one of their peers, Paul Hastings' first- and second-year associates will be seated in pods of 12 in large areas on the ends of floors, separated from the rest of the office by glass dividers in what the firm is calling "end zones. Read More >

Could "Dumber" Lawyers Actually Be Good for the Legal Profession?

The most recent edition of Bloomberg Businessweek asks a provocative question: Are lawyers getting dumber?  The question comes from a recent spat between the head of the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) and several law school deans and officials.  The NCBE, which administers the multiple-choice section of the state bar exams in every state save Louisiana, reported last year that scores on the exam had the largest single year drop in its four decade history. Read More >

What We Brag About When We Brag About Long Hours

I have a friend who's a serial entrepreneur and whose latest entrepreneurial venture, his tenth or eleventh, has proven to be "the charm." Previously, he ran businesses in real estate, apparel, and hospitality; some of which did well, while others went bust quickly. But his latest, in health and wellness, has made him a millionaire. That is, now, for the first time in his career, he's earning north of $1 million a year. Read More >

3 Ways Law Students Can Become More Confident Communicators

Conventional wisdom says law school is all about training students to think and act like a "lawyer." However, in a changing world, transitioning from law student to lawyer requires skills that are not easily found in classrooms or case books. These soft skills are not just important for aspiring lawyers - they're essential. Perhaps the most important of these soft skills is public speaking. Read More >

The Secret to Callback Interview Success

You have survived the insanity of the on-campus interview process. Your head is spinning but there is no time to take a breather. Your attention must now turn to callback, or in-office, interviews. Law firms have exceptionally high expectations of students invited to their offices. Planning must be exhaustive because it is, quite simply, inconsiderate to attend a callback with inadequate preparation. Read More >


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