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How Volunteering Helps You Land A Job

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Have you listed your volunteer work on your resume? If not, you probably should. A recent survey by LinkedIn found that one out of five employers has hired someone primarily because their volunteer work. “If you are unemployed, this work shows that you have been productive.” states J. Challanger, CEO of Challanger, Gray, & Christmas, […]

Increasing your Leadership Profile

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When reviewing a resume, legal employers will often look at a law students’ involvement in the law school and surrounding community.  Participation in organizations, especially legal related organizations such as Student Bar Association and the local American Inn of Court, demonstrate a commitment to the legal field and an interest in networking.  Simply being a […]

Sticky Tricky Situations: To Round or Not to Round?


The fall interview season can present big and small ethical dilemmas for even the most well-intentioned law student.  The task of creating your resume and representing your credentials to potential employers can be an ethical minefield.  Complicating matters in today’s legal market, a student’s grade point average (GPA) and work experience have become even more […]

Preparing for the Profession: Why You Should Develop Leadership Skills in Law School


Most, if not all, law students intuitively understand that being a lawyer means being a leader. Lawyers are charged with resolving issues, upholding community standards and helping people move towards common goals.  What law students may not fully appreciate, however, is that developing into a leader takes time and work. The good news is that […]

Strategies for Overcoming Office Politics

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Starting a new job is stressful enough without having to worry about office politics. Unfortunately, however, office politics are present in almost every organization on some level. Therefore, it makes sense to figure out how to avoid or manage this potentially destructive workplace dynamic. Incorporate these tips, to sail above the drama: Watch and Listen. […]

Outlook on Large Firm Diversity Hiring

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The National Association for Law Placement (NALP) reports that diversity hiring rebounded in 2011, making up for decreases seen in 2009 and 2010. Specifically, the representation of attorneys of color increased .37%, rising to 19.9%. While the aggregate statistics suggest a positive trend, review of the underlying numbers suggests a more complex story. For example, […]

Quick Etiquette Tip: Listen and Learn


A very wise young woman was an event planner.  She had been in the job for a short period of time but she spoke enthusiastically about how much she listened and learned from her staff who had worked as event planners for years. Listening and learning helped her to progress and to establish a good […]

The Making of a Remarkable Lawyer


You went to law school for three or four years, working hard to become a lawyer.  You are ready to start and actually prove how great you are.  No one would fault you for this goal; great lawyers are honest, dependable, hard working, intelligent, and proactive. In reality, you can stay at the great lawyer […]



One significant potential consequence of a prolonged recession is a decrease in minority/women hiring. During 2009 and 2010, for the first time ever, the National Association for Law Placement (NALP), whose membership is largely comprised of large corporate law firms, reported decreases in the percentage of attorneys of color and women. The good news is […]


Getting Ready for the Job Search

Leadership is a role that has little to do with your actual job title.  Even the country’s most successful companies recognize the importance of having leaders at all levels in the organization.  Accordingly, as a junior attorney in an organization it is important to demonstrate your leadership even when you are not in charge. In […]

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