Legal Careers

If you are still a law student, check out our best tips for how to succeed in law school.

For everyone, take some time to optimize your legal resume, polish up your networking skills, learn how to improve your performance on job interviews (including OCI interviews).

Even if the legal employment market seems bad, we don’t want you to feel desperate. Be careful padding your resume with unpaid internships and clerkships. If you’re at all entrepreneurial, think about how you can create your own niche or think about starting your own law firm.

Need more ideas? Join other innovative lawyers in the Lawyerist LAB.


Going Solo: Debunking the Top Ten Fears

Going solo with your legal practice may not be as scary as it seems.


Go Rural, Young Lawyer!

In tough economic times like these, some new lawyers may want to open their minds to a different type of risk and go west — or north, or south, or east — to find a job beyond their urban dreams.


My Client Will Die

A trial attorney struggles to prepare to mediate a medical malpractice case knowing that, no matter what he does, he won't change the outcome: his client will die.


LegalKin: A Marketplace for Temporary Help for Solos and Small Firms

Legal marketplaces are proliferating based, I suppose, on a few ideas about the practice of law and the needs of solo and small-firm lawyers: Solo and small-firm lawyers frequently need help with “overflow” tasks They don’t already know where to go for help with those tasks. Or if they do know where to go for […]


How to Build a Law Practice Incubator

Kim Lowe, a shareholder at Fredrickson & Byron, has been thinking a lot about what an “incubator” — sort of a Y Combinator — for new lawyers would look like.


Out of Work? How to Prepare for the 2016 Job Surplus

Besides relentlessly applying for jobs, there are some things you could be doing to improve your chances of future employment, as the legal job market starts to improve


How to Start a Freelance Law Practice

The cornerstone of freelance work is flexibility and control — freelance attorneys have the freedom to focus on work that interests them and to complete assignments within their own schedules and availability.


Get a Better Job: When and How to Pursue an Alternative Career

Pursuing an alternative career can be worth the (considerable) effort, but before you quit, take a deep breath and make sure you aren’t miserable for more-easily-fixed reasons.


Retiring into a Bright Sadness

This article was originally published in the September 2013 issue of the NW Lawyer, the bar journal for the Washington State Bar Association. — Ed. I was tired after 40 years of practicing law. It was time for a new road map: more music with the band, flannel shirts, bike riding, road trips, grandparenting, storytelling, teepee lodging, […]


Can the ABA Fix Legal Education? (Part 2 of 2)

Last week, I discussed the ABA Task Force on the Future of Legal Education’s Draft Report. The report took a hard look at some of the challenges facing the profession, but did so through a lens of insisting that our education problems are unique to our profession. This week, let’s look at some of the specifics of […]


Law Firm Culture for Laterals

“Culture” is a complex and potentially-challenging puzzle. More importantly, it will dictate the level of satisfaction and enjoyment you will find at a firm. Fail to take culture seriously, and you will be looking for a job again, and quickly. But if you take it seriously, you will go a long way towards securing a more stable home.


Brian Keller: The Nuts & Bolts of Appellate Practice

Do you have what it takes to thrive in appellate law? Veteran brief-writer Brian Keller gives us the nuts and bolts, from writing to oral argument, expanding on last week's Q&A covering the specialized world of appellate practice.


Lessons Learned Going from Government to BigLaw to Solo Practice

Starting a law firm after 13 years of practice in government and at a law firm is a very different proposition than going solo soon after law school. Chris Hill made it work. Here’s how, and what he learned.



We have talked about the problems with bar associations, wondered whether they are still useful, and suggested ways for them to stay relevant. This is one bar association president's answer.


Brian Keller: Mathematician of Appellate Law

Meet Brian Keller, the lawyerly equivalent to a mathematician scribbling proofs with chalk on a blackboard. Keller gives us a comprehensive look into the world of appellate law and practice. Serious writers need only apply.