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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...

How to Spend a Slow Summer at Work

Many legal practices slow down for the summer. As a litigator, July and August tended to be some of my slowest months. Opposing counsel and courts seemed hesitant to set deadlines as everyone took one last summer vacation or break before the new school year started...

Taking Ownership as a Junior Associate

Photo by Alena Darmel on Pexels.com One of the best ways you can make a great impression as a junior lawyer is to take ownership over your projects, meaning you add value to your teams by going above and beyond in smart, helpful ways. That's a bit of a confusing...

It’s April – Got a New Job Yet?

The year is a quarter over. If you resolved to get a new job this year, it's time to check in on your progress. I love movie trailers. I always get to the theater (remember theaters?) early enough to watch them. They’re full of promise and possibilities. I also love...

Business Travel Tips for Young Lawyers

My first business trip as a young lawyer was exciting—I was thrilled to get out of the office and into the real world. While the senior lawyers in the office grumbled a bit about work travel, saying it sounded more fun than it really was, business travel has never...

Three Financial Mistakes Young Lawyers Make

Many young lawyers—especially those working in big firms—are making a salary about which the majority of the world can only dream. But if you don’t think about how you’ll spend your money, you could find yourself feeling broke after you pay rent, student loans, and...

Now Available: Acing OCI

After months of work, I am thrilled to announce that my new ebook, Acing OCI, is available for purchase on Amazon. A comprehensive guide to the law firm interviewing process, it includes all the information I wish I had known as a law student interviewing for a law...

Delegating Tips for Lawyers

Associate retention is a hot topic these days. Sure, signing bonuses are a major draw enticing associates to their next firm, but every lateral move requires a decision: stick with the devil you know, or transition to the devil you don’t? Midlevel and senior...

Low-Key Self-Promotion (Brand Building) Tips

  Talk about self-promotion! Have you seen this meme? If you’re somebody who feels uncomfortable with the idea of self-promotion, or simply rolls your eyes when you see a post like the gushing prose above, you probably prefer the top statement to announce big...

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