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.

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“I Don’t Want a Free Lawyer, I Want a Real Lawyer”

Sometimes, people are a bit concerned that a free attorney isn't a "real" attorney. Here are some ways to combat that perception.

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How to Better Nominate Diverse Judicial Candidates

A diverse judiciary is critical. Judicial commissions, as the gatekeepers to the judicial profession, must be diverse as well.

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The Decline and Renewal of the “General Practice, Solo and Small Firm” Lawyer

For many years, the idea of a general practitioner and a solo or small-firm lawyer were synonymous, but that is all changing.


Podcast #91: Starting a Boutique Firm, with Patrick Palace

On this week's Lawyerist Podcast, Aaron and Sam discuss talk about the five reasons that your customers are leaving. Then, Sam talks with Patrick Palace of Palace Law about opening a boutique law firm and being president of the Washington State Bar Association.

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Pay Yourself a Competitive Wage

Your small law firm is a business. You are both a partner and an owner of your firm. Make the smart decision to start acting like a business and pay yourself like you would any other employee.

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Where Should You Hang out Your Shingle?

A recent deep dive into law school graduate and projected legal jobs statistics could help you figure out where you might want to hang your shingle.


Podcast #84: Meet Litigator, Legislator, and Legal Hacker, Shemia Fagan

During this week's podcast, Sam talks with Shemia Fagan about how she juggles being a litigator, legislator, legal hacker, podcaster, and more.

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Maximizing Tax Benefits When Using Your Car for Commuting

If you travel for work, as many attorneys do, make sure you're taking full advantage of the tax credits and deductions available to you.


Podcast #83: The Future of the Legal Profession, with the Attendees of TBD Law

For this week’s podcast, Sam talked with several attendees of the inaugural edition of TBD Law, a first-of-its-kind gathering of innovation-minded lawyers sponsored by Lawyerist and Filament.

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A Cassandra Moment for Legal Tech

Legal technology is at a critical point in its development, and it's time to think about what the future should look like. The history of the use of technology in a library setting offers valuable insight.


Podcast #82: Starting a Non-Profit Firm While in Law School, with Jamie Sutton

On this week's podcast, Sam talks to Jamie Sutton, a third-year law student that has already started his own sliding-scale nonprofit law firm.


Product Design, Better Documents, Client Service, and Ethics, with TBD Law Sponsors

At TBD Law, sponsors were invited to share their knowledge, not sell. Each took a turn into the "hot seat" to discuss product design, better documents, client service, and the difference between attorney-client confidentiality and data privacy.


TBD Hackathon: Building the Law Practice of the Future

At TBD Law, talented attorneys hacked the future of law.

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For Women, Stereotype Threat Leads to Stress

There's an insidious issue called stereotype threat. If people that are told that their race or gender performs poorly at a task, they will own perform poorly at that task. This is a big problem for women in the workplace.

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What Skills Should New Lawyers Have?

A new survey shows that current lawyers expect new lawyers to have far more than just traditional legal skills when they are starting out.