Large firms typically like to see a writing sample from lateral hires. This is particularly true for litigators. Here are some common questions that come up in choosing an appropriate writing sample to submit.
Working hard and being thorough are important. But simply doing a good “job” does not mean you are advancing your career. CareerJournal suggests that you also need to get out of your office. I have also written about this here and here.
Looking for another job? One author suggests you shouldn’t use any resources at work. Get a private e-mail account if you don’t have one and field calls on a cell phone. Personally, I like the idea about a private e-mail account and I would certainly avoid using a fax at work; but I’m not sure … Read more
Ellen Ostrow has some good advice for anyone who has difficulty advocating for themselves.
E-mail is a powerful communication tool that can do a lot for your career. But it is also a dangerous tool that can do great damage. Here is my latest piece in MLW that I co-authored with Rob Toomey. Rob is a former corporate lawyer turned consultant. He uses the Myers Briggs Type Indicator to … Read more
CareerJournal.Com offers some great tips on responding to “extreme” questions in an interview (e.g. questions like: “What would your last manager say is your biggest shortcoming?”) The author emphasizes the importance of being prepared for these questions but highly discourages text book answers like “I work too hard.” He suggests that you should come up … Read more
The debate over leverage in law firms continues. Clearly, figuring out the appropriate associate to partner ratio is a delicate balancing act. With too few associates per partner, you do not have the capacity to handle large deals and litigation matters and your profitability suffers because you can not capture as much work. If your … Read more
More salary increases.
It is very flatering to have a partner invite you to join him or her after she has decided to move to another firm. But it is important to do your own due dilligence about the firm and carefully consider the impact on your own career. In many cases, it will probably make sense to … Read more
Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham has announced a new “balanced hours” program to promote the use of alternative work arrangements at the firm. It’s obviously too early to tell how it will work. But the firm has actually appointed someone to help lawyers come up with proprosals for reduced hours. Sounds promising.