In today’s economy, choosing an area in which to practice can be particularly tricky. On the one hand, following the trends of what’s a hot practice area would seem a logical way to go. On the other hand, developing a narrow niche for targeted clients could prove lucrative. What’s the best path to take?
Although the employment market remains soft, there are opportunities for those who pay attention to the businesses and industries that are weathering the recession—particularly those that might be expected to show growth in the near future and those that value a legal background.
It’s unnecessary and not very smart to go it alone in the law. You need mentors. You’ll benefit exponentially as a student and burgeoning lawyer from having people who are invested in you and your successes. Mentors are trusted advisors who have your best interests in mind.
Because I’m a lexicographer, a writer of dictionaries, people often turn the conversation toward dictionaries. That happened twice, notably, at the January meeting of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) in New Orleans.
Atticus Finch. Perry Mason. Ally McBeal. Vinny Gambini. Lionel Hutz. The list could go on and on. Lawyers have been portrayed in TV shows and movies for years. And, while fictional lawyers run the gamut from ideal to absurd, the majority of them have at least one thing in common—they’re litigators.
Jennifer McCollough may look similar to other law students on campus. She studies, has a job, and dreams of becoming a lawyer. But, unlike most students, McCollough has saved numerous people during different rescue missions as a helicopter pilot.
Find and embrace the part of the legal world that makes you the happiest.
Better bar exam, legal research, interview traits.
Barry Eisler entered Cornell Law School as part of what he jokingly calls the YEP—the Youth Extension Program.
February is Black History Month. It provides an opportunity for us to reflect on and celebrate the challenges faced and obstacles overcome by African Americans as they fought to realize the American dream. Black History Month also provides a chance to celebrate not only African Americans’ accomplishments, but our broader commitment to diversity as well.