Category Archives: Legal Advice

November 16, 2018 Legal Advice, Legal Recruiting

What Legal Recruiters Look for in Candidates

Do you remember what your first encounter with a legal recruiter was like? Did you hear a recruiter speak during a law school career panel? Maybe you had a drink at a bar association networking event? Or were you the recipient of a “blast” message on LinkedIn or cold email? Outside of those chance encounters,...

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October 31, 2018 Legal Advice

To BigLaw or Not to BigLaw? (Part II)

Is being a “BigLaw” attorney really a viable career track? It is—if you are in Atlanta! (Okay…technically, BigLaw is a viable career track if you are in the right market—Atlanta happens to be one of the right markets). According to the National Association for Law Placement, BigLaw associates in Atlanta take home more money and...

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October 15, 2018 Legal Advice

To BigLaw or Not to BigLaw? (Part I)

In the past couple of months, the pay scale for BigLaw associates have climbed to a dizzying $190,000 in NYC. Of course, that paycheck comes at a price: billable hours, demanding clients, and high costs of living. It leaves many wondering whether BigLaw is a career track that lives up to its hype—or whether they...

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September 10, 2018 Legal Advice

Steps for First Year Attorneys to Create a Successful Legal Career

Excited to start your new role as a law firm associate? You’ve probably heard the scary stories (the hours, complex matters, and stress). Hopefully you learned of the rewards as well: the monetary compensation, work experience, and learning from some insanely smart people. Having made the transition before myself, here are a few tips that...

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September 5, 2018 Legal Advice

What Laterals Should Plan For When Planning To Relocate

If you are an attorney thinking about taking your career to another market—or if you are the type of attorney who has always been open to relocation so that you may advance your career—there are some important points to keep in mind. Below, I summarize my understanding of why lawyers should be open to relocating...

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Pro-Tip to Secure the Perfect Legal Job: Writing an Excellent Follow-Up

What advice have you heard about “following up” with your interviewer? Do you write a card (because “no one sends cards anymore”) or do you send a follow up email (again, because “no one sends cards anymore”)? Is your message a brief “thank you for your time” or a substantive take-two where you address an...

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Shifting Focus Away from Credentials and Towards Skills to Land the Best Law Job

When it comes to landing the best law jobs, your pedigree may matter less than you think. It is what you did there that counts.   Employers across all industries are starting to understand that fancy credentials are not the best predictors of on-the-job success. The legal industry is particularly sensitive to credentials and pedigrees:...

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Don’t Scare Away Law Firms and Legal Recruiters with Uncontrolled Worrying

Studies indicate that the legal profession is filled with chronically stressed and highly anxious personality types (it is kind of an expected thing with lawyers). The revolution of these heightened levels of anxiety and stress amongst lawyers resulted in increased attention to mindfulness in law firms, law schools, and bar associations.   Maintaining a healthy...

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The State of Law Jobs in Atlanta

Atlanta—Empire City of the South—is a great place to practice law. In addition to being the capital and most populous city in Georgia, it is also the ninth largest metropolitan area in the United States. Top companies headquartered in Atlanta include Home Depot, United Parcel Service (UPS), Coca Cola, Delta Airlines, Southern Company, and AFLAC....

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