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A Former Lawyer’s Guide to Alternative Careers for Lawyers

Many law students enter law school with stars in their eyes and leave three years later with a law degree, significant debt and if they are fortunate, their first job as a lawyer. The barriers to entry to legal practice are high: three years of expensive school,...

Advice for Junior Associates in 2023

Photo by monicore on Pexels.com I recently checked in with some lawyer colleagues and friends, asking for their current tips for today's junior associates in law firms. Here's some of the advice I heard over and over again: Pick up the phone. Can't get someone to...

Staying Healthy as a Young Lawyer

A coaching client recently asked me for advice on staying healthy as a young lawyer and making time for wellness while working in biglaw. My client will soon be joining a large law firm as a first-year lawyer and over their third year of law school and summer of bar...

Staying Healthy as a Young Lawyer

A coaching client recently asked me for advice on staying healthy as a young lawyer and making time for wellness while working in biglaw. My client will soon be joining a large law firm as a first-year lawyer and over their third year of law school and summer of bar...

Sale: Survive & Thrive for New Lawyers

The transition from law student to lawyer can be tough. How tough?A 2015 survey by Barbri found that while 71% of law students believed they had sufficient skills to practice law, only 23% of practicing lawyers thought that those new lawyers had...

Networking for Job Seekers (Free Course)

Photo by fauxels on Pexels.com I am thrilled to announce my latest online course, Networking for Job Seekers. If you're not including networking as part of your job search, you're missing out. In addition to finding jobs posted on online boards like Indeed or...

Summer Associate Advice Roundup

Law firm summer associate programs are well underway, so I’m posting a roundup of some of my past advice to summers. Have a burning question for me this summer? Just email it to thecareerfiles@gmail.com. GENERAL ADVICE...

Work Smarter, Not Harder: Using Templates in Legal Work

One piece of advice I always urge junior and senior lawyers to follow is to identify and use templates. Junior lawyers should ask for sample documents to follow for formatting, style, and substance when getting new assignments. Senior lawyers should share templates...

10 Tips for Lawyers to Improve Well-Being in Your Workday

Photo by Matteo Di Iorio on Pexels.com Well-Being Week in the Law is upon us. Well-Being has been a big topic of late, especially with the stress of the last couple of years living through a global pandemic. Law firms are hiring wellness consultants and coaches and...

Lawyer Gifts that Attorneys and New Grads Could Really Use

Photo by RODNAE Productions on Pexels.com As a new class of lawyers graduates this spring, I’ve been giving some thought to lawyer gifts that attorneys and recent law grads can actually use. Following are items I would have been grateful to receive as a new lawyer....

Law Firm Life is Now Available

I am thrilled to announce that my latest ebook, Law Firm Life, is available for purchase on Amazon. It's the guide I needed before starting work at a large law firm after graduation and covers: How to set up your home and finances to prepare for working lifeTips to...

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