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Should You Specialize in One Key Area, or a Broad Field of Law?

When finishing your education and training and beginning work on creating your own practice (or potentially joining someone else’s), you’ll face a number of hard decisions. One of the most important is your area of expertise. Most prospective lawyers will study a range of different legal applications for a broad category, such as criminal defense, but when that’s done, you’ll still have the option to choose whether to pursue a broad area of expertise, or to specialize in one niche area. There are a few different ways this can manifest. First, if you’re starting your own firm, your choice in…

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7 Strategies and Tips for Inexperienced Personal Injury Lawyers

The field of personal injury law is a big one, with plenty of room for newcomers. There are somewhere between 200,000 and 400,000 civil court cases every year, and more than half of them involve some kind of personal injury. On top of that, many law firms specialize in personal injury, given the fact that it’s commonplace, doesn’t require much extra training, and still has the potential to be a lucrative career path. But if you’re new to the personal injury game, you may feel intimidated; after all, you’ll be entering a market where almost every lawyer has more experience…

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Here’s How What You Eat Can Affect Your Career Success

As a professional woman, it’s important to take every advantage you can get in order to be competitive within your chosen field. And while gaining an education, obtaining work experience, and networking can all be supremely beneficial to your career, simple, daily habits like your diet can actually have a profound impact on your ultimate professional success and sustainability. To show you how, here are some ways that what you eat can affect your success within your career. Refined Sugars And Your Brain When you don’t give your body the fuel it needs to function to the best of its…

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A Busy Schedule is No Excuse for Ignoring Your Health

As a young woman in an industry that’s largely controlled by older men, it can feel like you have to work twice as hard just to keep up. In fact, research shows that women at law firms are still paid less than men, regardless of whether they put in more hours or have more years of experience. Data from Sky Analytics, which analyzed more than $3.4 billion in invoices from 3,000-plus law firms, found that women tend to earn 10 percent less than men per hour. Furthermore, Bryce Covert points out that, “While 2 percent of men at top tier…

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Barriers To Women Taking The Bar Exam

The bar exam is a rite of passage and major source of stress for all new lawyers, but for women in the profession, there are unique challenges. When coupled with the standard challenges that exist for both genders, it’s clear that women face an uphill battle when it comes to passing the exam and pursuing long, successful careers in the Field. Challenges Women Face The bar exam is something that law students dread from the moment they enroll in law school until the second they receive confirmation of a passing score. And it doesn’t matter who you are, there are serious…

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Inter-Law Firm Dating: Is It Ever a Good Idea?

When you’re an attractive, single woman at a law firm, dating opportunities are plentiful, but how you handle such situations will likely have an impact on your career as well as your personal life. Make sure to proceed with caution. Tips for Making an Office Romance Work According to one study on marriage, more than 37 percent of couples meet for the first time at work or in school (which makes these the number-one meeting locale for future married couples). Office romances are more commonplace than you might think. When you examine office romances in particular, 39 percent of workers…

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Justice For Women: Why Malpractice Law Needs More Women Lawyers

As members of the legal profession, we know that women tend to cluster in certain areas – family law, immigration, and labor, for example. Healthcare law is also a common choice of specialization, but in a narrow sense; while some healthcare law is high paying (think major class action suits and cases of grievous individual harm), much of it consists of smaller harms that have, nevertheless, left badly injured individuals in their wake. And when those cases involve a woman, child, or elderly individual, they tend to pay less. Not only do cases involving women, children, and the elderly pay…

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7 Tips for Planning a Wedding While in Law School

Two dreams are coming true: you’re working on your law degree and you’re getting married. But when it comes time to plan a wedding, will you be able to keep up with that and your educational responsibilities? Less than one third of practicing attorneys are female, and many don’t make it through law school. That makes it even more important for you to finish your degree, even if you’re distracted by upcoming nuptials. Planning a wedding while you’re attending law school will be difficult. If there’s a way to avoid it, most would recommend that you wait until after you’ve…

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Do Yourself a Favor and Get Organized

Time is something you don’t have a lot of these days. You can’t add hours to the day, but you can make more efficient use of the 24 you get. And while there are plenty of ways to maximize your time, one of the most important things you can do is get organized. Tips and Techniques for Getting Organized Some attorneys are notorious for being disorganized – which is rather alarming. You owe it to your clients, your firm, and yourself to stay on top of everything that comes across your desk. A failure to do so could force you…

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Building Trust: Why You Need Face-To-Face Communication

In the high powered world of legal careers, female lawyers tend to congregate in a few key areas. You may work in family law (including covering domestic violence cases) or be drawn to international rights law (including issues surrounding women’s rights abroad). Both fields hold clients who may be especially traumatized and vulnerable. It can be especially difficult for these clients to trust an outside figure, even one who is there to help. Regardless of what specialty you choose, however, women lawyers often face a general attitude of skepticism and distrust simply because we’re women in a male dominated field.…

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