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Women still face challenges as they progress through the legal ranks. However, smart moves can help you work around them and build a long, strong career.
Solos offer words to the wise and share insights on the economy and technology.
We’ve all been there. You, the interviewee, have answered every question thrown at you in a thoughtful, intelligent way. You’ve talked about your grades, your writing, your past jobs, your experiences, your professors. You’ve been engaged, succinct, and even witty a couple of times. The interviewer takes one last look at his notes, making sure he has covered everything he planned to ask you. Satisfied that he has asked all the standard questions (along with a couple of curveballs for fun), the interviewer looks up and says, “Do you have any questions for me?”
In a puckish mood some years ago, I began compiling the ten most outrageously ungrammatical and solecistic gaffes in law reviews from the preceding year—a sort of anti-Oscar award for the most heavily scrutinized of all literary productions in law. Law reviews have been severely buffeted in the past half-century or so, much more today than when Fred Rodell published his classic “Goodbye to Law Reviews—Revisited” in Virginia Law Review in 1962.
Law students often complain that they no longer have a life because law school is all-consuming. Becoming totally immersed in law studies and losing balance in one’s life may well lead to frustration, discontent, lower grades, and even illness.
Many law students walk through the halls of their institutions just struggling to make sure they remember all the rules, statutes, and cases they are responsible for. They simply focus on what they have in front of them and rarely venture out of the legal arena. For Kevin Downs, his travels abroad have given him an opportunity to venture out and participate in a multitude of programs to give back to those in need.
Clients are looking for your best judgment, not just your best legal analysis.
The truth about Big Law, the incredible shrinking law class, and tips from a student-parent.
Before graduating from Harvard Law School in 1993, Mary Flood spent years working as a journalist. “My dream job then was to work at the Attorney General’s office in Texas making sure that charities spent their money appropriately,” she recalls. “But I wound up looking at law school loans and decided to go with everyone else and look like a flight attendant wearing a navy suit to a law firm. I didn’t want to be poor.”
When I began law school, the American Bar Association was nothing more than another table at my university’s organizational fair. Little did I know that stopping for a piece of candy and a water bottle would have led me to the association that has become the greatest part of my law school career.