The WSJ reported today (sub. req.) that California continues to have one of the lowest bar passage rates in the country. In 2004, only 44% of the test takers passed. The passage rate is even lower for those licensed in other states who take do not take the multistate. (Reportedly 28%.) The article focused on … Read more
I disagree with a number of the assertions in this article; but the basic premise is sound. December is a good time to keep your search moving forward because fewer candidates are actively looking. Also, you will have more momentum going into the new year.
Leaders of the top 200 firms are very optimistic about 2006. According to the Amercian Lawyer 89% feel this way. Litigation is expected to remain the number one practice area. Other interesting statistics are cited as well. Like other members of the bar, I enjoy reading the results of these surveys. But query how useful … Read more
Instant messaging is a very convenient way to quickly exchange information in real time without having to dial a telephone. But like e-mail, employees use this medium at their own risk. And employers who don’t pay attention to IM usage or set up clear policies about usage may find themselves in the same hot water … Read more
Here is the link on CareerJournal.com.
By some estimates, 8 million adults have Attention Deficit Disorder. These individuals tend to be very good at creative tasks and tend to have difficulty staying focused on more mundane tasks (think document review!) But there are many strategies that can help you cope with ADD and a lot of information now available on the … Read more
Joann Lublin of the WSJ talks about some of the warning signs of a bad boss. (In today’s WSJ–subscription required–but will be in CareerJournal.Com shortly.) If you are an associate looking to make a lateral move to another law firm, you really owe it to yourself to speak with some of the associates at the … Read more
More than 10 years ago, I organized a seminar for MCLE on alternatives to hourly billing. The panelists pognositcated that value billing would slowly begin to replace hourly billing. But as In-House Counsel notes, the shift has been glacial and hourly billing still rules. Click here for a quick history of hourly billing and some … Read more
An article in CareerJournal.Com is a reminder that it is important to do a good job on your assignments–even if they are mundane. Junior associates can be tasked with some pretty uninspiring work. Most of us did not go to law school in hopes that someday we would be placed on a large due dilligence … Read more
A law firm consultant argues that fast law firm growth in the U.K. is unsustainable. He predicts that U.S. firms will continue to outcompete U.K. firms for a variety of reasons including: a preference by multinational corporations for using American legal structures, cherry picking of lucrative M&A deals in Europe by U.S. law firms, a … Read more