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About susangainen

Whimsical Wildlife Documentarian. Abstract Painter. Writer. Teacher. Explorer.

Employers need information to make good decisions

Employers are neither sleuths nor ferrets: they need information. Employers need information to make good decisions about you. They can only act on the information you provide. You have read the job description and discussed the position with your network. … Continue reading

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Three-point checklist for 3Ls

This three-point checklist for 3Ls is a working document for students who have yet to find their career paths. Its theme is Waste no time. Between now and graduation, you have a huge block of time. Don’t waste it. You may … Continue reading

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Lawyers, math, and the business of law

As a headhunter and career counselor for lawyers for more than a quarter of a century, I am always surprised to hear law students’ and lawyers’ disregard for math and the business of law. Ignore the business side at your peril. … Continue reading

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How NOT to ask for a drink at a party

Career services professionals generally agree that the most embarrassing stories from the worlds of recruiting and work revolve around alcohol. One way to avoid becoming a Famous Career Adviser Story comes from the Always Correct Culture and Manners Institute‘s Etiquette Tip of the … Continue reading

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First Year Orientation: good, bad or horrid

First year orientation: when it’s good, it’s very very good, and when it’s bad, it’s horrid First year orientation planners. First year orientation is planned by people who want you to have a good time and to learn a lot … Continue reading

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10 Tips for Managing Bar Review

10 tips for managing bar review will get you through until the exam. This will all be over soon, and successfully, too, if you follow these steps.  1.  Make a schedule that reflects your study habits. If you are an 8-hour-a-day … Continue reading

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A single-minded sprint to finals?

A single-minded sprint to finals? After spring break you have options that maximize study time without sacrificing job search strategies.   Hunker down now. Up the ante on studying. Finish, tweak, and  memorize outlines. Outline the note cases. Listen to … Continue reading

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10 Tips for Moving a Small Practice

(Based on a comment posted to a lawyerist.lab post. 10 tips for moving a small practice help you focus on big picture issues and  tiny details.  Start your list and get to work. Harness school connections 1.   Contact your … Continue reading

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3L Bad Idea: Skipping the July Bar

Mid-February is the time when some 3Ls begin contemplating a bad idea: skipping the July bar. Banish that thought and sign up. Three good excuses for skipping a July bar         Donating a kidney.         Having … Continue reading

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