Tag Archive: Legal Jobs

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Your First Legal Job: How Smart 0Ls Think About The Job Search

One of the most important things for you to think about before entering law school is the type of job that you want when exiting law school. You should begin planning your job search before you even sign up for the LSAT.

Why so early?  Because a successful job search requires a thoughtful, targeted approach.

Employers hire students who:
– Can thoughtfully explain why they want to practice law – not merely why they went to law school.
– Have interned in a legal practice setting to experience the actual day-to-day practice of law.

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Another Slide: 2014 June LSAT Test-Takers Down 9.1%

The number of people taking the LSAT has dropped yet again.

If it seems like you’ve read that sentence before, it’s because you probably have. With the exception of a slight uptick in February 2014, the number of people taking the LSAT has steadily declined since October 2010. As I wrote when the December LSAT numbers were released, the decrease in people taking the LSAT is likely good news for people applying to law school now. Fewer people taking the LSAT means fewer law school applicants, which means less competition both for admittance and for scholarships. The good news, however, doesn’t stop there.

According to an article published in the Winter 2014 issue of PreLaw Magazine, though estimates of the exact time-frame vary, there could be more jobs than law school graduates as early as 2016.

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Logical Reasonings / 6.4.14

A) Law school’s only half the work. You also have to nail that first legal job interview. Huffington Post.

B) Screw net neutrality. Law firm websites are the real crisis on the internet. Above the Law.

C) Watch it, lawyers. Nobody says the B word. ABA Journal.

D) Here’s an interesting legal question: Who actually owns your email address? Reuters.

E) In all actuality, net neutrality is very important. John Oliver sums it up best. Digg.

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Logical Reasonings / 5.19.14

A) Worried about the legal job market after you graduate from law school? Use your JD for a different kind of career. Law Admissions Lowdown.

B) Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is still talking about law schools. Business Insider.

C) Lawyers love LinkedIn. Forbes.

D) Another state has seen a federal judge overturn its gay marriage ban (this time it’s Oregon). Los Angeles Times.

E) Marriam Webster is adding “selfie,” “hashtag,” and “turducken” to this year’s edition. Time for an update. io9.

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Summer Job Ideas to Boost Your Law School Applications

For our college-age readers, the school year is drawing to a close, which means you’re probably starting to think about what you’re going to do all summer. And if your sights are set on law school, you may be wondering how your summer activities can boost your law school applications.

The good news is that there’s no right or wrong summer job in the eyes of law school admissions officers. As long as you do something productive with your time – and no, sadly, 8 weeks of marathoning shows on Netflix does not count as productive – you really can’t go wrong.

Many pre-law students, not surprisingly, focus on the legal field for summer jobs and internships. It’s important to note that doing so is far from required for law school applications.

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What the Heck’s Going on at Oregon Law School?

If there’s a golden rule for the internet, it’s that you don’t tweet, post, or email anything that you wouldn’t want made public. Law professor Robert Illig, it seems, did not get the memo on that.

Illig, an associate law professor at the University of Oregon, made headlines last week when his email diatribes to his fellow faculty members were leaked to online news outlets. In a nutshell, Illig was furious about a proposed initiative to cancel faculty raises — i.e., his raise — and divert the money to a job placement fellowship program for recent graduates. So furious was Illig that he wrote not one, but two nasty emails. Illig had some choice words for his colleagues and administrators:

No wonder we’ve become a third-tier law school. Who’s going to want to come here to study or teach in this kind of poisonous atmosphere? . . . Is this some kind of faculty version of white-man’s guilt?

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Logical Reasonings / 4.23.14

A) Cheer up. The legal job market is improving. National Jurist.

B) There used to be a time when no one would question going to Harvard Law School. Kids these days. Above the Law.

C) The FCC is considering a net neutrality fast lane…whatever that means. New York Times.

D) Everyone has an opinion on the Second Amendment. Here’s the First Amendment’s take. Washington Post.

E) Happy 450th birthday, William Shakespeare! Thanks for these 13 gifts. Business Insider.

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Logical Reasonings / 2.10.14

A) You can still base your law school admissions hopes on estimating your February LSAT score. Just make sure it’s an accurate guess. Law Admissions Lowdown.

B) Solo practice incubator. It might sound strange, but for law school grads it’s actually a pretty cool way to ease into the legal job market. Cleveland.com.

C) “Operation: Angry Birds” wasn’t as fun as it sounds. CNN.

D) Dumb Starbucks is now open in LA, but should be closing as soon as lawyers get a taste. ABA Journal.

E) Ten years ago, Facebook was born. Here are its first 20 users. Business Insider.

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Logical Reasonings / 2.7.14

A) Picking what to write about in your law school personal statement can be tricky. Don’t write about that. Huffington Post.

B) Good start to the new year, eh, law school grads? The legal sector added 2,000 jobs in January. Wall Street Journal.

C) No worries if you don’t get into the law school of your dreams. Just sue ’em. Above the Law.

D) Here’s the legal jargon of Quentin Tarantino suing Gawker over leaking his latest script. It’s no Death Proof. Lexology.

E) You can’t see the Winter Olympics on TV until tonight, but nothing’s stopping you from checking out the awesome photos now. New York Times.

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How Technology Will Help You in the Legal Job Market

Technology isn’t going anywhere. Just about every law student in the country has at least a laptop and a smartphone. As the years continue to roll on, so too will the use of technology in the field of law. Tasks that used to take days and an army of attorneys, such as document review, now take far less time and manpower thanks to the use of assistive technology. It may seem as though technology is squeezing the legal market even further. For those savvy enough to prepare, this need not be the case.

While some may look at technology as the enemy, it is those who decide to make friends with it that will thrive. Knowing how to make efficient use of the software employed by law firms in executing their tasks is a sure way to make oneself an asset. In other words, while in law school, or at a summer job, it would behoove you to learn everything you can about assisted document review and other uses of assistive software in the legal context.