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How to Choose Your Legal Specialty

Some attorneys in training know exactly what kind of law they want to practice from the start. Others need a little prompting to determine their path. If you’re interested in law, but don’t know what you want to practice, you’re not alone, particularly if you’re a woman studying toward a law degree. The number of male lawyers is almost double the number of female lawyers. Though the gap has closed a little in the last decade, it’s still hard to look back and compare your interest in the law profession with that of the limited number of women who came…

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Delania

Drive Your Journey: Driving in a New Direction

You are cruising along a path when you get to an intersection. At the intersection, you have the option to continue straight, take a left, or take a right. Path #1 will bring you exactly where you planned to go. It is a predictable path that many have driven. Path #2 may be a shortcut to the same destination as Path #1, but it is likely a tougher path. Path #3 will bring you on an entirely different journey with a different destination. Life is filled with decision-making moments. When it comes to choosing a path to take for your…

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Failure Turned Inside Out: The Path Most Traveled, Usually Isn’t Mine

Name: Camille Stewart Professional Title: Exiting Senior Policy Advisor for Cyber, Infrastructure & Resilience at the Department of Homeland Security in the Obama Administration Law School: American University Washington College of Law  Years Practicing Law: 6 Years Sector: Government Specialization: Policy, Cyber, and Intellectual Property Extra Tid Bit: “The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.” –M. Scott…

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nicolemoriniere

Getting from A to B: Transitioning from Law to Tech

It took me about three months to complete my transition from law into legal tech, from the time I made the decision until I found and was hired at an exciting legal tech startup. During this time, I reached out to my network, did a lot of reading and attended numerous events.  Although I benefited from many resources during my search, I also found it more difficult given that I was going down a non-traditional career path for JDs. Hopefully, my experience can help provide an example of one way to transition from the traditional legal industry to a career in legal…

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alexislamb

The Road Less Traveled: Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark

Many entrepreneurs go through The Darkness - eating instant ramen, crashing in their parents' basement, remortgaging their house, fearing monthly cable bills or paying rent  -- before The Big Success Break, as do many who seek a transition to an alt-path.   While not all alternative legal careers involve entrepreneurship (though in later blog posts we'll speak with lawyers turned entrepreneurs), when it comes to our careers, we are our own entrepreneurs.  We are companies of one.  We are selling our labor and skills and that unique bit of ourselves that only we can offer.  We are convincing others to invest time, money, capital, and goodwill…

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KatieDay

Sparking a Change: Women in IP Law feat. Biana Borukhovich

When I started law school I knew I wanted to be involved in Intellectual Property law, but I'd be lying if I said the thought of entering a male-dominated industry wasn't intimidating. The more I got involved with IP law, the more I realized that there were amazing women in the field who had achieved great successes and paved a way for women to follow. They served as an inspiration to me, and I hope through this Sparking a Change series, they can serve as an inspiration to you. I'm excited to introduce Biana Borukhovich, an attorney from New York who focuses…

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natalieyello

Five Tips You Haven’t Heard About Interviews and Callbacks

Interviewing for a position at a law firm can seem scary, but it doesn’t have to be! Just like any other test or assignment in law school, as long as you prepare beforehand and keep your cool throughout, you will do great! 1. Get Your Head Right Before the Interview A positive and happy headspace will go a long way in an interview. If you feel content on the inside, it will inevitably show on the outside. In order to get into a positive headspace, do things that you love to do before your interview! Listen to your favorite song, eat…

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Women and the Legal Profession: Four Common Obstacles Faced by Female Lawyers

We say we live in a modern society, but gender inequality is still evident in several professions, including law. According to data published by the American Bar Association's Market Research Department in April 2016, women comprised only 36 percent of legal professionals in the country. Though the number of women is growing in private law firms as well as the judiciary, they don't have equal access to senior positions. The working environment and office hours in most law firms are still more suitable to male lawyers compared to their female counterparts. Women entering the legal profession have to face a…

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What Female Lawyers Have to Be Aware of when Opening Their Own Firms

Today isn’t exactly the perfect time for being a young lawyer at the beginning of legal career: job market is overfilled, competition is vicious, and student debt is at an all-time high. And all these problems are only exacerbated for female lawyers: they have to try harder to prove their competitiveness and use every available weapon to the fullest to achieve maximum efficiency and survive in this cutthroat business. Here are some of the things you should pay special attention to acquiring the much-needed edge over your competitors. 1.    You’ll Have to Learn Marketing We all have strengths and weaknesses. Lawyers…

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kmacrae

Embracing the Unexpected

Entering my final semester of law school, I am caught in the somewhat surreal limbo between “real life” legal practice and the legal academic setting. It can be unsettling at times, knowing that I am close to being able to make an impact on individuals’ lives in a very real way and feeling as if that moment is too much for one person. Law school was pleasantly and unexpectedly enjoyable—of course exams and the stresses of law school we could all do without—but I have thrived on the intellectual challenges of law school which suit my philosophy background. What I…

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