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The big question: should he take the position (and paycheck), despite his ambivalence, or hold out for an opportunity closer to his interests that might, at some unknown point, pan out?
Altruism is good, but pro bono practice can benefit newer, unemployed and underemployed lawyers in important ways. Here are some (self-interested) reasons.
As 2009 comes to a close, it is a good time to review your career progress over the past twelve months. Although this might be part of an annual review process with your employer, it is also a helpful exercise for anyone, regardless of age or work environment.
In the new legal economy, young associates will need to focus on providing value, not just having good credentials
A small law firm in Des Moines, IA, allows staff to bring their babies to work, a creative solution to the work-life balance problem. However, with the economy in a deep recession and the legal profession reeling from layoffs and structural changes to the law firm business model, is it realistic for lawyers to expect […]
Despite all of the technical changes to the legal job searching process, a well-written cover letter remains an essential component of any job application. Granted, you may be able to submit numerous resumes electronically via websites or e-mail, but if you neglect to include a cover letter, you will miss out on your best chance […]
The news about cutbacks in on-campus recruiting continues to roll in. (Witness Harvard Law School’s latest advice for its students.) By all accounts, this is going to be a rough season for both 2L and 3L hiring. However, there is still plenty of time left to develop a game plan. The days of large-scale, on-campus […]
The past months have been an endless parade of bad news for associates in big law firms between layoffs and deferred start dates for new hires. One recent ABA article discussed the impending collision between associates deferred from this fall and those scheduled to start in 2010. This traffic jam, combined with the continuing financial […]