What Not to Do as a Summer Associate

What Not To Do As A Summer Associate

Congratulations on securing your summer associate position at a law firm or corporation this summer.  As you know, the legal industry is a very competitive field with an ever-changing landscape. The days of securing…

Check This Out – LOC Inaugural Legal Diversity Issue

Lawyers of Color, a media company founded by Yolanda Young that focuses on diverse lawyers,  has just released its Inaugural Legal Diversity Issue.  The Legal Diversity issue lists student and law firm-sponsored diversity organizations as…

When is it Time to Leave Biglaw?

I Quit

We provide career advice, and usually that means we help our readers find jobs.  But sometimes, managing your career is about knowing when to quit.  For Biglaw associates, Deena Shanker at Buzzfeed serves up…

How to Transition from Document Review

How to Transition from Document Review

If you are anything like me, you entered law school with illusions of grandeur.  Go to a great law school, get hazed for three years, graduate at the top of your class and choose…

My Time Management Struggles (Part 2) – The Power of No

Power of No

In my last post on time management I discussed my struggles and journey to reclaim my calendar.  My journey had gotten as far as understanding why I was in a time crisis and developing…

To Thrive in Biglaw, You Need a Sponsor

Career Support System

When we think of career guidance and support we tend to think of mentors – seasoned veterans willing to impart wisdom on an ongoing basis. But to be successful at your law firm, you need…

Why Law Firm Diversity Programs Fail

Why Law Firm Diversity Programs Fail

Diversity oddly seems to be the only area where major law firms and the hardcore overachievers who run them are content with mediocrity. It’s not that law firms haven’t thrown money at diversity – sponsoring…

7 Questions to Ask Your Work Process Mentor

7 questions to ask your work process mentor

The learning curve for young lawyers is steep. You not only have to learn the law, but must also balance speed with accuracy. Early on you are encouraged to “take as much time as…

My Descent into Bar Prep Inferno – Week 5

My Descent Into Bar Prep Inferno

Studying is going better than I thought. It is still terrible, just not as horrific as I had imagined. So, what have I been up to for the past several weeks?  Barbri & Me –…

Junior Associate Panic – Fighting Your Biglaw Career Fears

Junior Associate Panic

Can we talk law firm madness for a minute? As a brand new associate, you likely live with the constant fear that you’re one e-mail, one deadline, one miscue away from getting fired or committing…