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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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SofiaSmith

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Establishing an online presence for new lawyers

Becoming a lawyer is a long and arduous process, and no one seems to tell you that once you go out on your own that journey gets more difficult. Growing your law firm or finding new clients isn’t easy, but there are a few proven strategies that can help you out tremendously. It all starts online Whether it’s on their phone or computer, most people find the services and businesses they need on the internet. This makes it the logical place to start. However, the competition is tough since there are hundreds of lawyers competing for the same few clients…

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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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If Nowhere Is Your Office, Is Everywhere Your Office? 5 Ways to Curb Telecommuter Burnout

More and more lawyers are opting out of a traditional corporate path, which, for many, includes architecting a career that they can perform from anywhere with a laptop and an internet connection. Similarly, more and more law firms are jumping onto the telecommuting bandwagon, structuring programs that will allow select attorneys the option to telecommute during the workweek. Morgan Lewis & Bockius, for example, launched a flexible work program on May 1, 2017, which provides associates with the opportunity to telecommute up to two days a week starting in their third year. At least 100 associates have signed up with…

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Take Two: The Journey to Retaking the Bar—Workplace Antics

My company recently went through a takeover. Needless to say, the changes that came with it are anything but sunshine and butterflies. Every week, new policies and procedures are implemented, forcing employees to conform. People are being shuffled around, most of the time without much notice, leaving the rest of the team to refocus and distribute cases.  Since the takeover, work has been more stressful, especially when the thought of not meeting our yearly goal is over our heads. Every day I come home, exhausted, ready to fall asleep at 5pm (or during work at 2pm, take your pick). Despite…

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Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks: Practical Advice for New Lawyers

Q: If I am going to miss a deadline, does it help to tell the attorney who assigned the work the reason that I can’t make the deadline? A: Usually, no. Think of it this way: If you go to a restaurant and your food takes an eternity to arrive, are you less hungry because the “kitchen was backed-up”? Are you less annoyed? Probably not. You just decide the restaurant is mismanaged. There are some times that providing an explanation will soften the blow. For example, if you are working around the clock on a high-profile matter, you may get…

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Sneak Peek of The Law School Admission Game: Play Like an Expert, 3rd Ed.

Law school applications are just around the corner (some law schools begin accepting applications on September 1!) In order to prepare, you may want to check out The Law School Admission Game: Play Like an Expert, 3rd Ed. by Ann Levine, a law school admissions consultant, founder of Law School Expert, and author of the book. I had the pleasure of interviewing Ann in the past and have read both of her previous books. They provide thorough answers to many law school application questions and include helpful sample essays in an easy-to-read format.   Topics in the book include GPA and…

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Law School Reform: Accepting GRE scores and what it means for LSAT takers

Law schools have been struggling for the last several years with low enrollment, high tuition and low bar passage rates.  As a result, law schools have been experimenting with getting back to the pre-2008 momentum when law schools around the country flourished. The first experiment began in 2013 when then President Barack Obama endorsed a 2-year accelerated J.D. program.  The accelerated program was designed with the intent to allow prospective students who were hesitant to apply to law school because of the mounting debt the opportunity to complete law school sooner with less debt.  Although some law schools like New…

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Join the Conversation: What For?

“To what purpose?  This was why they started us here [at the tennis academy] so young:  to give ourselves away before the age when the questions why and to what grow real beaks and claws.” – David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest I realize that my posts to date have largely focused on how to increase retention and success of women and racial minorities in high-powered, male-dominated institutions where it takes mentors and sponsors in order to rise up the ranks.  Sometimes these articles make me feel that I should try to stay and make it, that my success is tied…

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