Category Archives: Professionalism

4 ways to manage your attention span

 You are the boss of your attention span. You are the boss of your attention span. Yet how you manage when your world is pinging you to read texts, tweets, emails, and Instagrams is a measure of your professionalism. Whether … Continue reading

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Applicants: know the employer’s business and industry

Thank you, Alyson Stanfield, for your post How I Screwed Up My Pitch and What You Can Learn from my Colossal Error. Stanfield, author of Art Biz Insider and one of my favorite books, I’d rather be in the studio! is a longtime … Continue reading

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Office policies — not all in the employee handbook

Most employers won’t deliberately trick you, but there are hundreds of tiny office policies that aren’t in the employee handbook. Office policies Whether you are naming a document or requesting a check for a filing fee, your office has policies … Continue reading

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Smart and delusional job search strategies for 3Ls

3L spring or fall semester job search strategies range from very smart to completely delusional. Ideal: Organized, structured, systematic and not frantic combination of: Self assessment, Targeted networking based on a. well-developed or tentative selection of practice areas or career paths, b. geography, c. friends, … Continue reading

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Six signposts for finding a career path

Not every signpost will be useful for you as you seek to find a career path.   Don’t go looking for either signposts or a path on a map, unless you are willing to create that map.  Unhelpful signposts: distractions … Continue reading

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Honey can you type? Technology changes skills required

Mass. Moves to Require Technology Competence for Lawyers · Robert Ambrogi’s LawSites Robert Ambrogi’s LawSites “Honey, can you type?” 1967 When I was in high school, “Honey, can you type?” was a question that girls of all ages were asked … 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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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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5 tips for the 3L marathon

The third year of law school is many things: lots of work, not enough work,  practical clinical experience working with actual clients with real problems, complicated decision-making about where to practice, a frantic scramble for a job,  and a constant … Continue reading

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