Category Archives: 2nd career law students

A cheerleader, a cratered career & Facebook

Recruiting news flash! Hiring decisions made by strangers may be made on the content of your content, as opposed to the content of your character. Just when I thought that everyone knew that Facebook was not a place to display … Continue reading

Posted in 2nd career law students, 3L, Job Search Strategy, Professionalism | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

8 rules for phone or Skype interviews

Your chances of being interviewed by phone and Skype before you have a face-to-face interview are getting better by the day. Be prepared for both of these interview settings.   Get dressed. Put on shoes that tie so that you … Continue reading

Posted in 2nd career law students, 3L, alumni, Speech patterns, Training | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

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

Posted in 2nd career law students, 3L, alumni, technical skills, Training | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Asking for a Drink: the right way

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 the star of a Famous Career Adviser Story comes from the Always Correct Culture and Manners Institute‘s Etiquette … Continue reading

Posted in 2nd career law students, 3L, networking | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Al Coleman’s Secrets to Success: a must read for first-gen professionals

Al Coleman, Jr. Pave the Rocky Road to Success For first-generation professionals, the road to success can appear either rocky or barely visible. Without personal contacts and mentors, first-gen professionals can stumble and fail to achieve even the slightest bit of … Continue reading

Posted in 2nd career law students, 3L, alumni, Working Smart | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in 2nd career law students, 3L, technical skills | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Resumes and cover letters are not all about you

Not your biography. Imagining that these documents should have you as their sole focus shows a gross misunderstanding of the hiring process. They may be your forum and appear to be about you, but if you treat them as straightforward … Continue reading

Posted in 2nd career law students, 3L, Job Search Strategy, resumes | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

4-step year-round interview prep plan

Many law students believe that the interview “season” is limited to fall interviews and the judicial clerkship sprint. In real (not law school) life, interviews carry on throughout the year and throughout life. Preparation and practice should never stop. With … Continue reading

Posted in 2nd career law students, 3L, Job Search Strategy, Speech patterns, Training, Working Smart | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Two resume sections: toxic space-wasters

With resume real estate limited, why waste it with an objective or an offer to provide references or writing samples. Both are pointless and potentially toxic sections? RESUME OBJECTIVE In addition to taking up space, Resume Objectives present three problems: … Continue reading

Posted in 2nd career law students, 3L, Job Search Strategy, resumes | Tagged , , , , | 4 Comments

4 exam tips and 4 winter break guidelines

Assuming the quality of your outlines and the depth of your studying, four exam tips will take you through your finals: Get enough sleep.  No one writes eloquently on two hours of sleep. Get some exercise. Opening the door for … Continue reading

Posted in 2nd career law students, 3L, Final exams | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment