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New Approaches to Getting a Law Firm Job

In the November 25th issue of The National Law Journal, Steven Bennett, a partner in the New York City offices of Jones Day, offers suggestions to help job-seekers “adapt to the new recruitment practices” of law firms brought on by the economic downturn.  Read the article to get his tips.

10 Tips for Beginning a Successful Legal Career

The Young Lawyer Editorial Board for The Legal Intelligencer published a great article yesterday offering advice to new attorneys.  Read the article to get some great professional development tips, useful both to recent graduates and to students as they work over the summer and prepare for future legal careers.

10 Dating Rules That Can Also Help You in a Job Interview

Diana Rubin, Managing Director in Major, Lindsey & Africa’s D.C. office, wrote an entertaining article last month offering tips for interview success.  She suggests that the rules for succeeding in the dating world and in the job market are more similar than you might think.  Read her article to find out how!

"Professor Wants Law Students to Think Before They Tweet"

Karen Sloan recently interviewed Drake University Law School professor Melissa Weresh for The National Law Journal (October 21, 2009) to discuss her efforts to encourage law students and young attorneys to be more deliberate in their electronic communications and to think about the ethical problems that can arise from new technology.   Read the article to hear Professor Weresh’s thoughts on the topic.

Has the recession forever changed large law firms & what does that mean for law students?

The “State of the Legal Markets” program series offered in September featured speakers discussing the changing legal job market, in large firms, small firms and in-house at corporations.  An article recently published in The American Lawyer offers an interesting discussion of this very topic as it raises the question, “Has the recession forever changed large law firms?  And if so, where does that leave law students?” Check out the article by Tamara Loomis online.

Using Informational Interviews to Help Your Job Search

Many of the Career Services programs this semester have emphasized the value of informational interviews in a job search.  They can be a valuable source of information about a practice area/career path or the job market in a given geographic area.  An article posted on Law.com today offers practical advice for those who wish to conduct informational interviews.  Read the article to find out why they are important, what you should ask, how to arrange them and how to prepare.

Law Students Face New Responsibilities in Career Building

In the September 23rd issue of the National Law Journal, author Ari L. Kaplan notes that a transformation at law schools and firms is altering the nature of careers in the profession.  He makes the case that self-reflection is essential in an era where employers are looking for an individual who already holds the foundation for many of the qualities that they are expecting a few years in the future.  Read his full article.

How to Succeed at Business Development: A First-Year View

First year law firm associate, Erik Frank, offers great advice on the importance of networking and business development in an article published in The Legal Intelligencer on September 16, 2009.  He makes a great case for developing these skills early on in your legal career!  Read the article for tips on how to get started.

ABA Magazine Article: Where the Work Is

The August issue of the ABA Magazine features an article highlighting practice areas recommended in recessionary times.  Read the article to see which areas are thriving these days.

4 Tips for Reluctant Networkers

Many people avoid networking because they aren’t comfortable with it.  Read Debra Bruce’s article offering four tips to make networking more enjoyable and less intimidating.