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“So You Want To Be a Corporate Lawyer?” Episode 3 of the Ms. JD Pre-Law Mentoring Hangout

On this episode of the Ms. JD Pre-Law Mentoring Hangout created by the illustrious Ms. JD Pre-Law Program Director, Genevieve Antono, aspiring attorneys came together with a current law student, Alexi Thomas, and former corporate lawyer, Van Ann Bui, to discuss what it means to practice corporate law. We covered many topics from securing a coveted law firm associate position to what a typical day in the life of a corporate lawyer is like. The insight offered by both Van Ann and Alexi expanded my knowledge further on what it means to be a corporate lawyer - even having done extensive…

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Shifting Sides – Advice for Those Considering Non-Practicing Roles at Law Firms (Part 1 of 2 Posts)

Each year I have the pleasure of speaking with many lawyers who are considering transitioning to a non-practicing role at a law firm.  I always encourage practicing lawyers to take the time to research these roles and do all they can to understand how they differ from legal practice.  This will be Part 1 of a two-part post on this topic.  This post will cover general information about how the work and experience can differ from practice. Part 2 will provide detail about the interviewing process, specific resources you can consult and sample questions to ask as you decide whether…

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The Big Picture

In last month’s post, I began with an introduction to my own professional journey in a ‘JD Preferred’ career in Compliance.  This month, I’d like to discuss the concept in a much broader context.  To lay the foundation for future posts (which will be more fun to read, I promise), I’ve got to get some dry information out of the way first here.  Bear with me! JD Advantage I didn’t know this until I started doing research for this column, but apparently, this is a thing now.  Starting with the law school Class of 2011, a new term of art…

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What’s It Like to Work in Corporate Law?

Corporate law – the big cat territory. If you have money on your mind, this is probably the field of law you hope to get into. But what's it really like to work in corporate law? Big Law firms often take in junior classes each year, and by the end of the two years, most are gone. Why? It's a cutthroat world, and you need a thick skin to survive. Is it like this at every firm? Of course not. But just like any other field of law, corporate law has its benefits and drawbacks. One drawback? The long hours.…

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Getting the Most Out of Your First Few Years as an Attorney

The first few years of being an attorney come with so many questions, challenges, and excitement all in one. As a new personal injury lawyer myself, it's been a whirlwind. This is the time to learn as much as you can and take the world by storm. A few helpful tips to get the most out of your first few years after law school can serve you well:  Be Prepared to Jump Right In. The world of law is a fast-paced place. Especially for my fellow females in law, learn to be aggressive! You will have a unique perspective on cases - so…

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7 Steps to Being an Expert in Your Legal Specialty

When you’re trying to make your law practice more successful, there’s one main thing you should do: become an expert in your legal specialty. It’s surprising to see how many lawyers are trying to work on all kinds of cases instead of focusing on a single specialty. When you achieve expertise and you start promoting it, clients will trust you more. You will have the reputation and reliability you’re after. So how do you become an expert in your legal specialty? Let’s list 7 steps that will take you there. 1. Pick Your Specialty What cases do you prefer dealing…

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The Mindful Mindset: Handling Rejection the Mindful Way

"Success is a lousy teacher.  It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose." - Bill Gates Let's face it, we all get rejected at some point.  For most of us, the emotional pain of being rejected can feel destabilizing and take us away from the path to success.  An unfortunate by-product of rejection is that it can create negative self-talk and criticism, which then cuts away at our confidence and perhaps even leads us to avoid situations where we think we could be rejected again.  This can send us away from opportunity, growth, and professional development.  Don't let yourself get…

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Friend or Foe? Technology In Our Everyday Lives: Facing the New Year with Your Face

Welcome to the New Year! As you kick off 2018 with a host of new-found, far-flung, and/or recycled resolutions -- eating less, exercising more, nurturing forgotten friendships, de-cluttering your closet -- don’t forget about your cyber self. What technology-related areas deserve your attention in the New Year? For practicing attorneys and law firms, it would be strategically valuable to ask what emerging areas of law could expand your perceived expertise and book of business? Are you sure your firm’s privacy protocols are protecting digital data? What steps are you taking to enhance your corporate clients’ cybersecurity preparedness and incident responsiveness?…

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My ‘JD Preferred’ Story

I suppose I should start with an introduction, though I suspect that by the end of this post it will read more like an Ode to Compliance.  I consider myself one of the lucky ones who pretty much knew what they wanted to do with their career since a young age.  Once I got over the ‘I want to be a librarian because I like books’ and ‘chef because I like food’ aspirations of second grade, I became drawn towards law because of the endless debates I’d undertake with friends and family. (As it turns out lawyers do debate endlessly, and…

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The Best Way to Leave the Law When You’re Burned Out? Don’t.

In 2009, I took a one year sabbatical from my 13+ year law career. I turned out the lights in my 42d floor office at 4 Times Square and left.  Just a year. Nine years later, I often joke that I’m still on that one year sabbatical. The truth is, I’ve transitioned away from the active practice of law, and nine years has given me a fair perspective to understand how and why that transition has been so successful. In nine years, I’ve worked on the executive team of a pioneering start-up company, negotiated publishing contracts and a literary agency contract, launched…

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