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How To Write A Good Legal Memo

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Perhaps the most important skill a new lawyer needs to have a firm grasp of is writing. Why? Writing is thinking: It’s simple. The amount of information our brains can fit into our short term memory at once isn’t a lot. If ...

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Book Review: The Practice

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Next in a series of long overdue book reviews, here are my thoughts on The Practice: Brutal Truths About Lawyers And Lawyering by Brian Tannebaum. Go buy this book right now. I’ll elaborate. As with my review of Supreme Ambitions, ...

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Book Review: Supreme Ambitions

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So this review is long overdue. I received an advance preview copy of David Lat’s debut novel, Supreme Ambitions, back in October of last year. I read it immediately and enjoyed it, but it also came at a time when ...

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What Skills Do You Need To Have To Get Hired As A New Lawyer?

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Last year on the Legal Skills Prof Blog a paper was released on SSRN by Professor Neil W. Hamilton entitled Changing Markets Create Opportunities: Emphasizing the Competencies Legal Employers Use in Hiring New Lawyers (Including Professional Formation/Professionalism). I thought it sounded interesting and gave ...

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Fixed That Law Jobs Chart

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Over at Lawyerist, Sam put up a post on a chart recently put out by American Lawyer: Actually, Legal Jobs Aren’t Recovering: Since legal employment bottomed out in 2009 Q4, the net gain is just about 100,000 jobs. That’s something, but ...

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Why New Lawyers Should Seek Out Criticism

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“Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.” – Sir Winston Churchill I was listening to Mike Cernovich’s podcast yesterday ...

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Associate’s Mind Primer For Young Professionals Seeking Mentors


Last week I wrote at length on relationships. Specifically, How To Turn A Casual Relationship Into A Real Relationship. In that post, I discussed three broad network categories, noting that all the relationships in your life are not equal. In the post I focused ...

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