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Jannet M.

The Barred Life: A Series of Indefinite Length - Part III

Moving Forward While Looking Back **This post is looooong overdue but in my effort to staying committed to improving my writing and self-expression, here it is... I recently met with a legal recruiter to help me navigate the legal job market. I was feeling pretty overwhelmed after unsuccessfully trying for a couple of months. I tell her a bit about myself and what I’m looking for and the conversation proceeds a little something like this… Recruiter: Great! So, what legal software are you familiar with? ...me looking dumbfounded... Me: Do Lexis and Westlaw count? Recruiter: Yeah that’s perfect but… have…

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anames

Five Small Ways You Can Combat the Motherhood Penalty

The ABA recently released research from its inquiry into why women leave the law.  The study revealed issues all too familiar to many practicing female attorneys--discrimination, salary dissatisfaction, caregiving responsibilities that are incompatible with the pace of practice.  And while the ABA’s efforts are ongoing, I was surprised to see a lack of focus on what numerous other studies have dubbed the “motherhood penalty”--or the earnings (and corresponding promotion) gap between mothers and non-parents in the workplace.  Research shows a significant decline in a woman's earnings after the birth of her first child, with that disparity continuing throughout her career.…

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johemmer

Women in the Legal Field & the #MeToo Conversation

Regardless of a woman’s age, race, location, career or economic status, most have either experienced sexual harassment first-hand or know of someone who has.  With the numerous allegations made in the past year against Harvey Weinstein and dozens of other powerful figures in Hollywood, the media and politics, and the explosion of the #MeToo movement, the prevalence of sexual harassment in American society has never been more exposed than it is right now.  There has not been a formal study conducted on sexual harassment specifically in the legal field, until now.  Lauren Stiller Rikleen, founder and President of the Rikleen Institute for…

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IVfMo4o7Iu

All Legal Jobs Are Not Created Equal

Whether you have just passed the bar exam or have been practicing law for years, keep in mind that every legal job has its own unique situation. Not every job will be right for every job seeker, but there are indicators that can guide you in determining which job offer be a good fit for you. The Interview Liz Ryan, an HR expert, gives ten reasons you should run away from a job offer. Asking to read the employee handbook at your interview, prior to receiving a job offer, is her first tip. Reviewing that handbook in order to see how…

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IVfMo4o7Iu

Should Lawyers Add Subscription Services to Their Firms?

Over the years, the subscription industry has been experiencing rapid growth since more people are frequenting their websites. The subscription business has been in existence since the old days where our forefathers had their coal and milk delivered on their doorsteps. However, recently the business has adopted various media and technology companies. The industry has relied on the wave of high consumer’s online thirst. However, the tides don’t seem to fall; not now. The subscription businesses are companies that deliver to you a package, usually after an agreed duration of time, of products that they have chosen for you. An…

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IVfMo4o7Iu

Millennials May Soon Be Calling On Financial Advisors

Financial news reports don't always mention Millennials prominently. Other than stories of young persons driving tech stocks up and supporting the market with spending, Millennials and finance don't seem to go together. Just because the news doesn't wholly report on something, however, doesn't mean nothing occurs. Millennials, like other people, do want to maintain financial security. While the young aren't always known for fiscal prudence, a decent number of young people understand the best way to plan for retirement involves planning as early as possible. Speaking with a financial adviser does help the cause of safeguarding and growing money.  …

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IVfMo4o7Iu

Careers You Can Pursue With A Law Degree

Achieving a law degree is no small feat. The schooling is difficult and requires you to study hard and work harder. The benefit, however, is that a law degree allows you to pursue nearly any career path you want. Here are a few of the most common careers you can choose from. 1. Law Firms Perhaps the most obvious choice is a law firm. Working as an attorney has its benefits. Not only does it pay great, but you're actually able to utilize the education you received in school. There's a number of different fields within the firm from which…

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annajo

Is It A Fit? Finding A Firm That Works For You As A Working Mother

You’ve made it out of law school. You’ve passed the bar. Now, you’re ready to practice – but where? The fact is, as a woman in the legal profession, finding a position where you’ll have opportunities for growth can be a real challenge. The fact is that as a woman, you can get in the door, but, as a study by the American Bar Association demonstrated, women make up 45% of associates in private practice, but only 18% of equity partners. Something is keeping women from successfully climbing the career ladder. Luckily, finding a practice that’s a good fit for…

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IVfMo4o7Iu

How Tech Facilitates Compliance With Regulations

Regulations for businesses can be pretty tricky to navigate. In order to avoid common pitfalls and legal risks, using tech can be a huge boost for efficiency. Here is how technology helps keep everything in check: News Feed Apps Understanding what kinds of changes are taking place in a specific region is crucial. However, it can be a pain to visit government website and read through their posts. However, with news feed apps, you can aggregate this data so you can see any changes in one place. Most smartphones have a news feed app pre-installed, but there are other options…

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Jannet M.

The Barred Life: A Series of Indefinite Length - Part II

PART II Lessons and Realities from the Pass List   Let’s get housekeeping out of the way. If you read my last post you know I took the California February bar exam and I was waiting for my results. So here’s the update: I didn’t pass. I sat on my living room floor with my laptop on my thighs. After navigating to the Cal Bar website, I carefully typed in my applicant number. Then my file number. I scrolled through and didn’t see my name on the pass list so I refreshed the screen. Again, I very carefully typed in my…

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