Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Things for (Future) Attorneys to Consider When Using Facebook

This post on Legal Productivity gives advice that attorneys and future attorneys should consider when using Facebook. For instance, you should change your privacy settings to notify you anytime someone tags a photo or video of you in order to manage your image and reputation.  I would also advise you not to "friend" every one who sends a friend request. Not every acquaintance needs access to your Facebook profile. If you think its mean to reject a friend request, you can limit what portions of your profile certain friends see in your privacy settings. 

The Handsome Lawyer

*DEAL EXPIRED* How would you like to see Matthew McConaughey playing a lawyer for only $6?   Well you can with this Groupon deal which goes live Wednesday March 16th at 12:01AM Pacific Time . Pay only $6 for movie tickets to see The Lincoln Lawyer, starring the handsome Mr. McConaughey. If you are into reviews, it got 83% on Rotten Tomatoes. I wonder if he will take his shirt off!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Public Interest Law: Summer Internship Opportunities

The NAACP has a summer internship program for those of you interested in civil rights law.  It pays a $6,000 stipend and the application is due on March 18th. In an interview with Vault, Assistant General Counsel, Dorcas Gilmore states that the NAACP looks for “students who have completed their first year of law school who are interested in civil rights work and have a demonstrated commitment to public interest work."   If this describes you, highlight relevant experience on your resume, write an essay describing your interests in civil rights litigation and ask one of your professors for a letter of recommendation.  I recommend asking for the recommendation in person rather than in email. Follow up with a thank you card or email to your professor after you've submitted your application.  Some of these deadlines are coming up fast!  Good luck!

Vault did a spotlight on other summer legal internship programs:
Equal Justice Works
The Center for Collaborative Change

The Best Law Schools for Getting Rich

If you want to make the big bucks, you should go to Standford, Duke, Columbia, or UVA (to name a few). According to the Forbes article, Stanford law graduates have a mid-career median pay of $236,000.  See if your law school made the list here!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Close Encounter of the Judicial Kind

I think judges are like the superstars of the legal world. They are admired and respected due to their knowledge and experience. When I was in law school, I had a few opportunities to meet and interact with judges.  One instance was particularly humbling (and not in a good way). I was volunteering on a Saturday for a training that was being held at my law school. I arrived bright and early at 8 that morning to assist the organizers of the training any way I could. One of the organizers was a judge.   I introduced myself to her mentioning that I was a volunteer ready to help.   She also introduced herself and said she looked forward to working with me.  I have never forgotten the next two sentences she said to me. It has stayed with me all these years.  She said, “First, I have a very important task for you to do.”  I had my pad and paper out ready to write my first important task as assistant to this judge.  She continued, “Here’s $5, can you run and get me a cup of coffee?”  I was volunteering, so I was aware I’d be doing some menial tasks.  I am not sure what I thought she was going to ask, but she emphasized that it was very important and so I took the request seriously.   When I realized this request was one for coffee, my heart fell a little bit, humbled.  Anyway, I took down her order and grabbed the coffee for her.  

Another example of an interesting interaction I had with a judge was when I was applying for judicial clerkships during my third year in law school.  I applied to clerkships in the city where I wanted to live and practice.  Since I was not as willing to be broad in my search, I knew my chances of actually getting a clerkship were much smaller.  However, I like to think positively and I thought that my existing connection with the city would bring my favor with the judges with whom I was applying. I was honored and also humbled with the Chief Justice our State Supreme Court offered me an interview!  I spoke with previous interns and I met with Career Services. This was the chance of a lifetime for me and I did not want to mess it up. I even did mock interviews and prepared for this interview like I would any law school exam.  I arrived early and waited for the Chief Justice’s Administrative Assistant to get me.  I was ushered into his huge office, shook his hand, and was asked an array of questions, a few of which I had prepared the answers.   I left the interview feeling like I did the best that I possibly could and the rest was up to God.  I did not ultimately get the clerkship; however, it was an honor just to be able to get the interview.   

I think most law students will encounter a judge at some point in their legal career. One thing that I learned is while we should respect those who serve on the bench, we should keep in mind that they are human beings just like the rest of us with talents, flaws, and maybe even a few idiosyncrasies!

Do you have any interesting judge stories?

More than just Intellect- How to Succeed in BigLaw

This article suggests that a key to success in Big Law includes being personable and showing initiative. This article recommends associates attend post-work social activities, dress professionally, and not turn down tedious task, to gain favor with your partners. I think these tips also apply outside BigLaw in government and non-profit offices.

Want to Succeed in BigLaw? Sociability, Enterprise and Appearance All Help, Partner Says - News - ABA Journal

What America's Lawyers Earn

Check out this recent ABA series called, What America's Lawyers Earn. You can even search for the average and median salary in the county where you want to work.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Congrats to February Bar Exam Takers

Congrats to those of you who took the bar exam a couple of weeks ago!  All your hard work and studying is finally over. You made it!  Now you just have to wait until May to find out the results. In the meantime, hold on to your study materials and notes.   I got rid of all of my stuff, but I waited until after I found out I passed.    File them someplace safe (don't look at them and second guess yourself!)  For now just enjoy all your extra free time.