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Because Passion Doesn’t Prevent Burnout – Rethinking Your Path

Women working in law are often perceived as trying to have it all – a serious career, a relationship, children – but ultimately, this narrative reflects a broader concern about work-life balance and passion. In law, though, even passion doesn’t ensure that you won’t burn out. The intensity of the job makes it impossible to predict. What passion does allow for is a sense of satisfaction, even when you’re overworked. So what if your passion isn’t traditional legal work, defending cases in court and working your way up in a firm? That’s okay, and your education and research can help…

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5 Things to Know About Practicing Real Estate Law

Real estate law has become a popular specialty, thanks to the growth of real estate investments and house flips made attractive by the media. There are abundant rules, guidelines, and paperwork that go with transferring expensive properties from one person or company to another, and most realtors and buyers rely on experienced attorneys, rather than risking errors. Mistakes in legalities can get landlords, investors, buyers/sellers, realtors, brokers, and others in trouble. If you started out in a different specialty, such as corporate or environmental law, switching to real estate law can be simple. It’s a great complement to many other…

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When Women Carry Most Student Loan Debt, Is Law School An Option?

The student loan industry has been in crisis for the past several decades as the cost of higher education rapidly outstripped earnings growth and inflation – but the burden isn’t equally distributed. Rather, of the $1.3 trillion in outstanding student loan debt, women hold two-thirds of it, but are just 57% of the student population. What’s happening to cause female students to land so deep in debt? There are several key causes, but in large part, the answers hinge on unequal distribution of childcare responsibilities and the wage gap. And women lawyers, most of whom have taken on enormous amounts…

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Changing Course: 3 Transferable Skills You Learn From Law

Few like to admit it, but sometimes law school doesn’t lead to a career in law – at least not in the typical sense. Rather, even for those who begin their careers at a law firm, sexism, long hours, and associate-level grunt work can lead to reconsideration. In fact, people leave the legal field in such high numbers that there’s a whole auxiliary field committed to helping lawyers change jobs. Luckily, as a lawyer, or at least as someone with a law degree, you have a lot of “transferable skills.” Using What You Know Transferable skills are exactly what they…

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Rethinking Law School Leadership: Beyond The Law Review, Clerkship Path

Law school is all about opportunities – taking engaging courses, networking with peers and professors, and finding opportunities to prove your leadership potential so that by the time you’re ready to apply for jobs, you’ve got a proven record. The problem: discrimination doesn’t stop at the law school doors. Bias is so prevalent in law school environments that in 2013, the Harvard Law Review began factoring in gender when selecting editors for the next board. The prior year, only 9 of 44 editors were women. Four years later, the majority of the board was women for the first time in…

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Is Your Marriage Having a Negative Impact On Your Career?

You don’t need anyone to tell you about stress – you experience enough of it in your career as a lawyer. But what happens when you’re also experiencing stress on the home front? Whether you realize it or not, a rocky marriage could hurt your career. Deal With Your Marriage Now The legal profession isn’t something you enter if you’re looking for a nice, comfortable job that comes with lots of time off and the chance to gradually climb the ladder. While there’s incredible income earning potential, there’s also substantial stress. According to data, lawyers have one of the most…

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How Do Busy Lawyers Find Time to Relax Without Hurting Productivity?

As a lawyer who is focused on productivity and maximizing billable hours, it can feel like you don’t have any time to relax. But you have to ask yourself, “Am I making relaxation a priority?” Overworking Isn’t Healthy In our American brains, we operate under this assumption that more work leads to more productivity, which fosters greater happiness and satisfaction. Ironically, most of us discover that more work is generally a precursor for more stress and anxiety – as well as poorer health. Just as an engine can get overheated from running too long, our bodies and minds can become…

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How to Successfully Navigate the Challenges of the Holiday Season

The holiday season is supposed to be a time of joy and happiness – a time to cherish your family and look to the future with hope. Unfortunately for lawyers, it can also be a season of great tension. How you manage this tension and handle conflicting obligations is important. 4 Tips for Navigating the Holiday Season As a lawyer and a mother, you have a lot on your plate. Not only do you have to deal with work and all of the obligations that pop up in November and December, but there may also be the expectation that you’ll…

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Get More Client Cooperation By Building Stronger Rapport

As a lawyer, your clients come to you in a vulnerable position. Whether they’ve been arrested, convicted, or are seeking justice, they’re emotional and sometimes unpredictable. They don’t know what the future holds, and they’re looking to you for clarity. Even though you’re there to help, it’s not uncommon for clients to become uncooperative, or even combative at times. Even though your clients request your help, you still have to earn their trust in order to provide that help. Building trust begins with rapport How do you build rapport with someone who’s angry, scared, depressed, or manic? You have to…

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Twice As Good: Gender And Technical Information In The Courtroom

When Michelle Obama addressed graduates at the historically Black Tuskegee University in 2015, it was no surprise that she offered a variation of the old “twice as good” speech. Passed down by Black parents for generations, the idea is that as a person of color, you need to be twice as good as your white peers to get half as far. While it may seem overly pessimistic to offer such advice to new graduates, the idea holds – and it applies to more than just Black students. For any woman trying to break into a male-dominated field like law, the…

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