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Counterpoint: You Can Do Anything With a Law Degree

Editor's note: After posting my most recent blog post You Can Do Anything With a Law Degree. Sort of. to Twitter, Anusia Gillespie (of search firm BANAVA) disagreed with my stance, arguing, inter alia, that a J.D. gets you in the door and, more importantly, once law graduates are in business "they shoot to the top." After a brief (and polite) Twitter beef, I offered Anusia an opportunity to respond in a longer format here.  This is her response. Read More >

One Thing You Must Know When Seeking a Legal Internship: Yourself

Law school is filled with important decisions. You choose which elective courses to take, clubs and associations to join, journals to write for, seminars to attend, and relationships to develop. These decisions, along with academic performance, will ultimately define your experience and set the stage for your professional career. But the most important decision you'll make is where you will intern. Read More >

You Can Do Anything With a Law Degree. Sort of.

There's a well-worn adage that "You can do anything with a law degree." Well, that's technically true. You can write a novel with a law degree, but you could just as easily write one without attending law school. You can become a top chef with a law degree, but you'd probably need to go to culinary school too. You can be a wedding photographer, an airline pilot, or a psychiatrist with a law degree, but a J.D. isn't helping you break into any of those industries. Read More >

Seven Things Legal Interns Must do to be Successful

Law students are now expected to graduate with at least two legal internship experiences under their belt, including externships, clinics, fellowships, summer associate positions, clerkships, or simply a part-time law job during the school year. These opportunities are crucial for getting post-graduate attorney positions, building your practical legal skills, getting strong recommendations, and developing valuable working relationships with attorneys who will be career-long allies. Read More >

Will Computers Soon Replace Junior Lawyers? No.

A new survey finds that 35% of the leaders of large law firms can envision a law-focused version of IBM's artificial intelligent computer Watson replacing first year associates in the next five to ten years.  The survey (PDF), which polled the managing partners and chairs of 320 firms of 50+ attorneys, also shows that 47% of firm leaders see paralegals being replaced by technology in the same time frame. Read More >

Maybe Don’t Sue Your Law School

The recession has been no fun for many lawyers, especially recent graduates. Firms stopped hiring, layoffs hit some of the most prestigious firms, and plenty of firms folded altogether. If you graduated from law school in the last eight years or so, your job prospects aren't what they might have been in the early to mid-2000s. So what do you do about it? A bunch of people decided to put their new law degrees to good use and sue their law schools.  And they're pretty much all losing. Read More >

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 >


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