Category Archives: technical skills

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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Honey, can you type?

“Honey, can you type?” was once a gender-specific question. Now, typing as part of technology competence, is a gender-neutral requirement for employment. Mass. Moves to Require Technology Competence for Lawyers · Robert Ambrogi’s LawSites Robert Ambrogi’s LawSites A Short History … Continue reading

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Grant Writing: a skill for all lawyers

Grant writing is a skill for all lawyers. Every lawyer should be adept at this particular kind of persuasive writing for both enlightened self-interest, and for the public good that grants can support.  Whether you work in public, private, or … Continue reading

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Cover letter tips: ignore the format at your peril

A first-class cover letter requires laser-like focus on how an applicant’s skills might mesh with the needs of a prospective employer. It is the first writing sample and the first chance to create a bad impression. Sadly, career services and … Continue reading

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Going to work: finding and taking criticism

When my career began to focus on the school-to-work transition, my eloquent friend, the writer Michael Dolan, offer this advice: “You know that you’re doing ok if they’re not yelling at you.” Evaluations: when and where? How, then, would you … Continue reading

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Interview Practice Protocol

Interview practice protocol   Whether practicing on your own or practicing with friends and colleagues, a Practice Protocol checklist will help you cover your bases and succeed in your interviews.   1.       Handshake: firm, neither fishlike nor crusher 2.       Personal presentation           Suit: pressed; … Continue reading

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Why Grammar Matters: not just the Oxford Comma

If you don’t care where the comma goes, you may want to re-think becoming a lawyer. Long before bloggers at Lawyerist.com began debating  the Oxford Comma, I always made this point to prospective law students during the years that I … Continue reading

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Writing by hand: benefits, making it fun, when to use it

Mont Blanc Noblesse It pains me to note that the Wall Street Journal reports that handwriting instruction is down to an hour a week in elementary school, but new research shows that writing by hand trains both young and old … Continue reading

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