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Tips for New Lawyers to Understand Expectations of Their Law Firm

If you are a new lawyer, first of all, congratulations are definitely in order. However, after being hired on to the legal firm, you hopefully are aware that now the real work begins. Ask any experienced attorney, and they will tell you that it can take years to develop a solid, well-respected reputation. It will all start with attention to detail. Now that you are the newest associate in a legal firm, you will need to know how to look like the newly-minted professional that you are. How do you go about doing this? Here are some things to consider:…

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Starting A Law Firm In Your Hometown: What to expect

Law school typically prepares lawyers to join established firms. Many, however, want to strike out on their own. If you want to start your own firm, you might think that the best place to do is in your own hometown. Before you start looking at office space, though, you should make sure to that you know what to expect when you start practicing law.   Learning the Business Unfortunately, law school rarely teaches you how to open your own firm. While there might be specialized classes taken by some students, the truth is that you'll have to figure out how…

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What Industry of Law Should You Go Into

Becoming a lawyer is a huge commitment. By making that decision, you will be committing to years of schooling, hours of reading and studying, and working many hours once you start practicing. While being a lawyer will eventually put you in the upper middle class, you will need more than money to be motivated and satisfied in your job. In order to assure that you will have the best quality of life, you should do something that you love and that pertains to a subject that you are interested in. The law is known for keeping people in like and…

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Discovering What Kind of Law Practices You Are Passionate About

When a new lawyer takes their first job after passing the bar exam, they're happy to be working in their profession. The reality is most lawyers don’t stay with their first firm or continue to practice in the same area of law. It could be a challenge to change an area of legal practice, but it can be done. When a lawyer finds an area of the law that makes them feel passion, it could be motivation to make this switch. Legal Culture It is possible for many attorneys to internalize what the legal culture has given them and never…

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How to Enjoy the Journey: Maintaining School-Life Balance in Law School

We’ve worked hard to get to where we are now: law students at a prestigious university. We knew it would be difficult, but we never imagined the toll law school would take on our mental and physical health; we never knew the sacrifices we would make in our personal life and social life in order to succeed in our academic life. And yet, here we sit, contemplating if it is even worth the effort to give up so much. What if  we didn’t have to choose one aspect of our lives over another? What if we could find ways to…

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The Best Law Schools In The Eastern US

Not too long ago, I wrote about the best law schools in the western United States. I felt like it provided some great info for my readers, so here is the follow up to that article. _ The Eastern United States is renowned for Ivy League universities, so it’s no surprise that 7 of the top 8 law schools are located east of the Mississippi. The schools listed below, according to the U.S. News Rankings, are the 8 best law schools in the eastern half of the country.   1. Yale Law School (U.S. Ranking: 1) New Haven, CT Yale…

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The Best Law Schools In The Western US

U.S. News recently released its list of the best law schools in the United States, and here are the best American law schools west of the Mississippi:   1. Stanford Law (US Ranking: 2) Stanford, CA Stanford Law School, which began operating in 1893, has been ranked among the top 3 law schools in the country since 1992, along with Harvard and Yale. More than 500 students are currently enrolled, and the school employs 90 faculty members. They accept less than 200 students per year and have an acceptance rate of 9.1%. The median LSAT score of students there is…

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5 Ways to Afford Law School

Going to law school can be both a rewarding and an expensive endeavor. According to Above the Law, the average law school graduate in the U.S. borrows $112,776 just to finish school. With the high tuition, you may be wondering how you’ll finance your law degree. Following these five tips might make it easier for you to pay your way through law school. Apply for Scholarships There are many scholarships that you can apply for and will help you afford law school. Some scholarships will offer enough money to cover part of your tuition while others will allow you to…

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Why Your Law Firm Needs Good Branding

If you own or operate a law firm, then you need to improve the ways in which you do your firm's marketing. A great marketing plan can help you grow your practice and gain more clients. Without good branding or marketing, you risk losing out on major opportunities to dominate your niche. Here various aspects in which better branding can help you: Hiring and Recruiting In today's world, new recruits are becoming harder than ever to get on board. This is because they can go with any company in the world. They are using social media and other web platforms…

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Your Clients Come To You For Answers.. What Will You Tell Them?

You are sitting in your office, surrounded by many leather-bound law books, and the air smells of rich mahogany. A client is sitting in front of you, asking what they should do to make sure their business space is protected. They want to make sure they have a low-risk environment for lawsuits, and they trust that you have all the answers. And, of course, you do. That sounds like a nice dream (with a touch of Anchorman? Weird). It’s your future, as long as you study hard and work your butt off. But what are you going to tell your…

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