• Law School

    Things to NOT Do as a New Legal Intern

    Summer jobs are about to start in just a few weeks—this will be my sixth (!!!) summer working with interns and it’s hilarious to me the huge difference in my supervision skills that I have now compared to my first summer.  Like, the fact that my first summer I had no supervision skills for one… Now that I have some experience on working with interns I can tell you how small changes in behavior can make a big difference in having a successful summer job. The open secret is that many attorneys strongly dislike working with students because it often ends up being more trouble than it’s worth.  But I LOVE…

  • Issues,  Legal Practice

    Learning to Love Networking

    The number one piece of advice all students receive to help land a job is to network. I’ve spoken before how unnatural networking has felt for me. It’s awkward and weird and it feels odd to try to make superficial connections just in case one day in the future they can help me. It feels icky. I think for many this runs counter to how we normally tend to socialize—in fact there are many articles on what women do wrong while networking that tries to shame us from doing what comes naturally to us.  FYI, I just googled “things men do wrong while networking” and one (1!) article appeared…. Anyway,…

  • Law School

    Still Searching: Late Start to Legal Summer Jobs

    If you have not been able to secure a summer job yet (especially as a 1L), I don’t want to alarm you, but it’s really time to get to it. Perhaps you missed my tip to get your hustle on in the late fall, but what’s done is done and you’re still looking somewhat late in the game. Before I move on, I just want to sympathize because I didn’t get my first summer job until April (!) my 1L year. So I get that life happens, and when you’re not in the know about how this process works you don’t realize what needs to be prioritized.  But regardless, you…

  • Law School

    The Importance of Diversity (and I’m not talking about Race)

    If I have not scared you enough into preparing for your summer job then rest assured I will keep trying. Appointments with career services will be here soon and deadlines will be fast approaching, and one of the things you have to decide soon is where you’re planning to apply. Perhaps you had a really good experience with an agency your 1L summer.  Or you’ve been interning during the fall semester with a new agency that you really are enjoying. It’s natural to want to keep working for a place you enjoy. However, if you’re dealing with a legal market where offers are not certain, or you’re working public interest where…

  • Law School

    Start Hustling Now: Preparing for your Summer Legal Job Search

    It may seem too soon to start looking for summer jobs, but before you know it you’ll be frantically writing outlines, cramming for finals, trying to keep up with readings, and –oh yeah—apply for jobs.   Knowing that there’s a huge time-crunch coming down the pike means you should what you can now so that you don’t half-ass your job search. I’ve mentioned before, but the end of October during my first semester in law school was one family issue after another. I, unfortunately, got distracted and suddenly it was second semester and I still didn’t have anything lined up.  I got really lucky, but you shouldn’t depend on luck!  While you’re…

  • Legal Practice

    What to Focus on in Your Job Search Post-Law School

    The time post-bar is usually filled with such relief and happiness. For the most part, it’s pretty stress free; especially if you were fortunate enough to line up a job before graduation. But for those that weren’t able to find something, this time is crunch time to make sure you’re employed by the time loan officers start calling in November. I’ve been there! Graduating at the height of the recession, hardly any of my fellow students had offers—it was a completely different world from 2007 to 2009; it was like the world just changed overnight. I graduated without a job offer and very little prospects. But I hustled liked hell…

  • Law School

    Mid-Summer Self-Review

    Many internship/summer associate positions undergo a mid-summer review to get an assessment of your summer experience.  While these reviews can provide important feedback and opportunities for different experiences, it is also important that you do an honest self-review of your own work.  Sometimes, as interns, we go through the motions and just live for the weekend, or at most, the end of your internship where you’ll get to have a little bit of summer vacation before the academic year begins.  It’s easy to forget the forest for the trees.  The forest being your first job post-law school/professional reputation. Even if you don’t like the agency, or are convinced that this…

  • Law School

    Turning your Internship into a Job

    Let me paint a scenario of a time when I let a big opportunity slip through my fingers: The time: fall 2008, and I’m half-way into an externship with a really great agency.  I turn in an assignment to my supervising attorney who reminds me that applications for summer internships at this agency are due in a week. Cue: me saying, “oh ok,” and totally missing the huge sign of my boss encouraging me to apply for a PAID summer internship.  No, instead I decide to apply to a different agency that summer for an internship that does not pay me for my time (an internship I could have done during the school…

  • Legal Practice

    Starting your Job Search

    Whether you were just sworn in a few weeks ago or have been a lawyer for a few years, dusting off your job search skills is never any fun.  Looking for work is time-consuming, frustrating, and sometimes it seems never-ending.  Unfortunately, it requires a lot of work upfront, but today we’re sharing five things you should consider doing to kick your job search into gear: One. Contact your contacts.  Do all the people in your network know that you 1) graduated from law school, 2) passed the bar, and 3) are looking for work?  Likely not.  Consider sending a genuine individualized email to all your contacts (former intern supervisors, clinic directors,…