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  • Brad Rosen
    The Access to Legal Services Paradox
    While similar discussions have appeared here on Lawyerist and related circles, the author does a nice job in this HuffPo piece framing the issues, including the recent ABA report, which address the paradox ....that being... "new lawyers gradua…
    Brad Rosen 422 views 21 comments Most recent by Rob_Harvie
  • melissa2539
    It would appear that I am not the only one, ?? for a potential student @ age 47
    I just turned 47. My undergrad degree is in Mental Health Technology from Drexel in 1992. I have spent many years managing Dental offices and currently I am caring for a elderly family member. I do not want to go back to the dental field. My hus…
    melissa2539 115 views 9 comments Most recent by samglover
  • ggusta1965
    Law Degree at age 50? Is it worth pursuing?
    Please help get my mind right. Is this a good idea or a waste of time?   I am thinking of taking the lsats/going to law school/passing bar.   But I am going to be 48 in a few months and haven't even taken the lsat's. I think I have an exceptiona…
    ggusta1965 42K views 27 comments Most recent by Autodidact
  • NoviceAttorney84
    How to transition from litigation to transactional work?
    I've been out of law school 6 years and I fell into a litigation career track based on opportunities available at the time. I do employment litigation for the State (defense side) and while I enjoy certain aspects of it, I don't think litigation is …
    NoviceAttorney84 635 views 3 comments Most recent by kohrlaw
  • NoviceAttorney84
    Tri-State Area Attorneys: Anyone know a good head hunter for the legal industry?
    I practice law in NJ, but am admitted in NY as well. Hoping to find a headhunter - i.e. an actual person, who I can work with to find a job. The last time I was doing a job search, "head hunters" were generally websites that I had to upload my resum…
    NoviceAttorney84 21 views 4 comments Most recent by paulspitz
  • Shourya Malhotra
    Practicing in the United States with a foreign Law Graduation
    Greetings! I needed a clarification regarding the procedure one has to follow in order to practice law in the United States with a foreign graduation. I have done my graduation from a private (recg.) university in India. I was aiming towards practi…
    Shourya Malhotra 101 views 3 comments Most recent by AFF
  • samglover
    Could you be doing your job if you didn't go to law school?
    The New York Times just published a set of essays on whether or not Moscow law school should be required, or whether apprenticeship would be enough. What do you think? I don't think I could have managed to build a moderately successful practice w…
    samglover 193 views 4 comments Most recent by samglover
  • James Keuning
    Lawyers giving CLE to each other, like a cooperative. Free.
    Is anyone doing this? I can put together some content and get it approved, get credit for the prep (in my state) and then present it to some lawyers for free. In return each of them prepares something and presents it to the group for free. Eventuall…
    James Keuning 184 views 13 comments Most recent by James Keuning
  • evoigt
    Question for Employers - Jobs for Law Students Not in the Top of the Class
    I teach legal writing at a low-ranked law school. Our students who are not in the top 20% of the class have a hard time finding jobs upon graduation. For you employers out there--other than grades, what specific skills or experience do you value in …
    evoigt 184 views 2 comments Most recent by samglover
  • Ryan Feinberg
    Business cards for students?
    I wasn't sure if this should go in the law school or the marketing thread, my apologies if I got it wrong.   There's a weekly e-newspaper that makes the rounds in my law school called "The Legal Beagle," which has a message from the Dean and vario…
    Ryan Feinberg 39 views 5 comments Most recent by Shane McClelland
  • Kate_Z_G
    Networking to Land a Job with a Small Firm
    Hi! I'm a new lawyer, currently working in an okay job, but not where I want to stay. (It's law related and generally considered a good "resume builder.") My dream is to start my own practice, but before I do that I want some relevant work experi…
    Kate_Z_G 152 views 5 comments Most recent by Thomas Seeley
  • samglover
    Wanted: funny person to edit legal humor blog
    Bitter Lawyer (bitterlawyer.com) is seeking an editor in chief with vision and a great sense of humor. About Bitter Lawyer About 40,000 people visit Bitter Lawyer every month for its essays, interviews, lists, videos, comics, and more. Despite its…
    samglover 12 views 0 comments Started by samglover
  • Sweet_Veritas
    Informational interviews: bothersome or beneficial?
    Is it a good idea to ask friends, former colleagues, or strangers (after researching them and their field of practice online, of course) for informational interviews? Do most people find informational interview bothersome or cheesy? I currently pra…
    Sweet_Veritas 13 views 7 comments Most recent by LawyerC
  • Pam
    Advice for an attorney barred in the wrong state?
    So here's my story of attempting to complete law school, work full time, study for the bar while moving across 4 states in 5 years.   I had a pretty solid plan when I was 18, go to college, go to law school, become a MA lawyer, and have my own prac…
    Pam 65 views 6 comments Most recent by Andrew Nettleman
  • Dan Durocher
    Rising 2L Considering Going Solo After Graduation
    I just finished my first year of law school and I am considering going solo after graduation.  I was wondering if I could get some advice or guidance.  I wasn't certain if I should post this here or in the starting a law firm section; I'm sorry if I…
    Dan Durocher 2 views 11 comments Most recent by Herbert Wilson
  • samglover
    Randall (a law school transfer himself), has some sage advice for law students considering a transfer. If you transferred, would you recommend it? If you are thinking about transferring, post your questions here. http://lawyerist.com/want-to-transf…
    samglover 3 views 13 comments Most recent by samglover
  • Rob McAngus
    Last Semester Recommendations
    I'm entering my last semester of LS and am wondering if you guys have any tips for things I should do/focus on before I graduate.    thanks, Rob
    Rob McAngus 2 views 6 comments Most recent by Daniel Brown
  • adalta
    Online paralegal certificate?
    Hi everybody! I'm new to the LAB, and I just have a few questions about paralegal education. I am considering pursuing an online paralegal certificate from Duke University, and I would like to know how potential employers view programs that are n…
    adalta 2 views 1 comment Most recent by Lakisha Chichester
  • Danielle Clark
    Writing Samples
    How should I approach submitting writing samples when applying for a position when I only have one or two samples from law school. One is a lengthy Motion for Summary Judgment in Federal Court regarding 14th Amendment violations (civil rights law) a…
    Danielle Clark 2 views 2 comments Most recent by gregoryluce
  • Grover Cleveland
    Law School Does Not Teach Lawyering
    From the NYT: Law schools do not teach practical lawyering skills.    http://tinyurl.com/7yhjsrt
    Grover Cleveland 5 views 10 comments Most recent by thedansherman

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