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Six Things Lawyers Should Know Before Going In-House

Private firms and government jobs aren't for everyone. Some law students are a much better fit in-house at a company. This is where you can focus on one client and sometimes multiple different practice areas. When deciding if that work lifestyle is right for you, there are a few things you need to know: 1.      Size matters. Read More >

Nine Questions Every Law Student Should Ask Themselves After Their First Year

Getting through your first year of law school is an achievement you should be proud of for the rest of your life. The good news is that it gets considerably easier from here. After your first summer-which you've hopefully spent at school, an internship, or a legal job-you will enter your second year of law school far more prepared to deal with the pressures of being a law student. You can also start making some choices that will help you prepare for a career in litigation. Read More >

A 1L's Guide to Landing a Summer Associateship

You are a first-year law student, your exposure to the practice of law has been minimal, you have few, if any, discernable legal skills, and the substance of your first semester curriculum has, on a practical level, prepared you for precious little. You're hired! Odd as it may seem, a good number of employers, particularly law firms, are fully cognizant that 1Ls lack the legal background necessary to contribute to their bottom line but are equally ready to hired them. Read More >

Leaving the Law: An Interview with Brewery Founder Eric Feldman

Eric Feldman is the co-founder and President of Brooklyn-based Braven Brewing Company, a former BigLaw associate, and (full disclosure) a student of mine when I was a legal research and writing TA back in law school.  Earlier this year Eric (the guy on the left) left BigLaw behind to go full time at his growing brewery.  Eric was gracious enough to answer my questions about his legal practice and transitioning away from the law. Vault: What initially drew you to practicing law? Read More >

How to Ace a Behavioral Interview

Behavioral interviews are becoming increasingly popular in the legal industry. A behavioral interview seeks to discover how you handled yourself in certain situations at your previous jobs, or, if you don't have a lot of work experience, in summer jobs or in internships and other school-related activities. The logic of these interviews is that past performance predicts future performance. Read More >

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 >

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