Frequently, when an attorney interviews for an in house counsel position, it is the first time that he or she has interviewed with a corporate legal department. The attorney may be a seasoned veteran when it comes to interviewing with law firms, be it through interviews during law school … Read More »Comments (0)
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Today’s Featured Law Firm Job is located in Washington, D.C. The position requires experience in a number of different practice areas as they relate to the financial services industry and 2-4 years of experience.
Consumer Finance Licensing Associate
The pertinent portion of today’s featured law firm job reads:
The Washington, DC office seeks … Read More »
Today’s Featured In-House Counsel Job is located in Houston, Texas. The position requires an IP background and a minimum of 7 years of experience.
Featured In-House Counsel Jobs: Chevron Counsel/Senior Counsel
The pertinent portion of today’s featured in-house counsel job reads:
We are accepting online applications for the position of Patent … Read More »
There has been a lot in the news recently about the real estate market finally hitting bottom. And real estate stocks are up over 50% year-to-date. But does any of this translate into an increase demand for real estate attorneys?
Recently-Added Real Estate Attorney Jobs
There have actually been a very large … Read More »
The New Jersey legal jobs market has seen a steady flow of new job listings over the past weeks. The positions are with law firms, both large and small, as well as with in house legal departments. The practice area requirements for these positions vary greatly as well, from trusts … Read More »Comments (0)
The in-house counsel jobs market is definitely picking up in Houston, Texas, as evidenced by the large number of new in-house counsel positions added to our general database over the past few weeks. Houston is always a good location to find in-house jobs, due in large part to the presence … Read More »Comments (0)
So far, July has been a great month for new in-house counsel positions in the greater Boston area and Massachusetts in general. And the positions seem to cover almost every major practice area, with large and small corporations andeverything in between. Rather than listing all of the different practice areas, … Read More »Comments (0)
The legal jobs market in Pennsylvania for commercial litigators seems to be picking up, at least if this past week is any indication. Most of these new positions were with law firms, as the in-house listings in Pennsylvania added this past week were for tax attorneys, antitrust counsel, etc.
Pennsylvania Law … Read More »
Over the past few days, we have added more jobs to our database for attorneys with health care experience than any other practice area. This isn’t such an uncommon occurrence with areas such as corporate or litigation, but for health care, it’s definitely a bit unusual. And where are these … Read More »Comments (0)
There is one piece of advice that I always give to lawyers preparing for a legal job interview: make sure that you “know your story.” In my experience, lack of attention to this particular concept inevitably leads to a rejection letter.
Traditional Interview Prep
To prepare for an interview, candidates typically review … Read More »
A provocative and candid post by Above the Law’s Elie Mystal on the futility of anti-bullying statues (www.abovethelaw.com) should raise some eyebrows in Massachusetts, where the legislature has recently passed An Act Relative to Bullying in Schools in the wake of the suicide of South Hadley High School student Phoebe … Read More »Comments (7)
Even in the age of the 24-hour news cycle, when cultural battles and sociopolitical issues seem to seep into even the smallest political races, Tip O’Neill’s adage that “[a]ll politics is local” still rings true. For most politicians, the campaign trail is a marathon of door-knocking, sign-holding, coffee klatches … Read More »Comments (0)
While its thesis should be blindingly obvious to anyone associated with the practice of law, a popular Slate article on the growing surplus of lawyers is still worth reading. In my case, it sent me scrambling back to try to find an interview with Paul Hastings’ hiring partner, Leigh Ryan, … Read More »Comments (0)
“Hi, I’m a robosigner. I’m here to take your house.”
The mortgage foreclosure process is FUBAR. And guess what? Lawyers are partly to blame (surprise). A slew of recent pieces from the likes of The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Economist and The Wall Street … Read More »
“Who gives a f**k about an Oxford comma?”
-Vampire Weekend, “Oxford Comma”
Unless you pay attention to such things, you may not know that an Oxford comma (aka a “serial” or “Harvard” comma) is the one you are supposed to put before a conjunction. In other words, it’s the comma that … Read More »
Now that study periods are probably in full swing at most law schools, grade anxiety among 1Ls is at its zenith. This means it might be a good time to recall a New York Times article from earlier this summer noting the rising trend of “grade reform” (aka “grade inflation”) … Read More »Comments (1)
About ten years ago, a guy signing his mortgage was so flummoxed by his own loan closing documents that he pledged to revive the pro-consumer Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act. That borrower was then-HUD Secretary Mel Martinez. And now, as Paul Harvey would say, you know the rest … Read More »Comments (1)
As a legal recruiter, many of the attorneys that I speak with have questions about the recruiting process and the role of the legal search firm. The questions are certainly legitimate, and actually I am surprised that I don’t get more of them. If an attorney is going to … Read More »Comments (1)
The last time I billed an hour, I was a decidedly mediocre, lateral corporate associate at a mid-sized Boston law firm. Biglaw and I had a few good years together, but we ultimately wanted different things; Biglaw wanted me to work more hours, and I wanted to work less. … Read More »Comments (2)
“Today was another day full of dread.”
-Will Oldham, “Another Day Full of Dread”
It’s the sinking feeling you get when you look up and see flashing police lights in your rearview mirror. Or when your Socratic professor calls on you for a case you haven’t read. And, maybe, the sense you … Read More »
There is an inspiring article in today’s New York Times about recent college graduates who, in light of the dismal hiring market, decided to take matters into their own hands and start businesses of their own. Personally, I love it when people take “risks” in an attempt to do something … Read More »Comments (2)
The Wall Street Journal reported last week that Swiss banking giant UBS implemented a new dress code. It’s 43 pages long! That’s unacceptable from an environmental standpoint alone. But when you delve into the details, it only gets worse. Is this, perhaps, the future of business dress/hygiene requirements? If it … Read More »Comments (1)
On New Year’s Day, a relative of mine was discussing the merits of various college majors. He then turned to me and asked me if any of the Shakespeare I had read as an undergraduate English major ever proved useful in my legal career. ”Um, yeah,” I stammered, weakly adding … Read More »Comments (1)
One of the ABAJournal.com’s top news stories of 2010 was an article arguing that lawyers should work 40 hour work weeks. I do understand that one of the most common complaints about being a lawyer is that the hours are way too long. As a former corporate attorney, I certainly … Read More »Comments (7)
Welcome, and Happy New Year (well, almost)!
This is the first in a new series of blog posts from Advance Legal Jobs covering daily trends in the legal hiring market. The goal of these posts is to provide broad-based information about what’s happening right now in the legal market.
Recent Trends in … Read More »
Happy New Year…Here’s to a 2011 that sees a big improvement in the legal jobs market!
Not unexpectedly, the end of 2010 brought lots of predictions about what’s to come in 2011. We found a couple that we wanted to pass along to our readers.
Lawyers Unhappy; Law Students Follow Money
News flash! … Read More »
A recent post on Lawyerist.com encouraging young attorneys and law students to look beyond the stereotypes that plague a law career away from the bright lights of the big city brought back memories of a riches-to-rags turn my career took about 9 years ago. In September of 2001, I began … Read More »Comments (1)
Today in the legal jobs world: women might consider lesbianism to make more money; Irell & Manella is the latest firm to break away from the Cravath scale; and the New Year brings with it lots of new legal jobs, particularly in NYC, Hong Kong and other large legal markets.
Lesbians … Read More »
Today in the legal jobs world: law students beware of what body parts you post on Facebook; M&A deal work looks to be picking up, finally; and odds of transferring from Cooley to Harvard are…wait for it…low!
Think Twice Before Posting Photo of You and Placenta on FB
Three nursing students were … Read More »
Today in legal careers: country lawyers; female law students more afraid of failure; young female lawyers have a “best of” list all their own; and some lawyers use smudgers to remove negative energy.
Going to Eat a Lot of Peaches…
A recent post on Lawyerist discusses an untapped source of legal jobs: … Read More »
Today in legal careers: the New York Times reports that law school isn’t worth it and a study by CareerCast finds that a paralegal position is far better than an attorney job. But whether or not law school is worth it or being a paralegal is actually better than being … Read More »Comments (1)
As of Saturday morning, The New York Times‘ exposé on the perils of law school was still one of the most emailed articles on the paper’s website. That’s good and bad news, I suppose. Much as I appreciate its attempt to propagate the anti-law school gospel articulately espoused … Read More »Comments (5)
Today in legal jobs: as the rest of the economy grows (slightly), the legal sector continues to shed jobs, and Dewey & LeBoeuf implements a new vacation policy that “better reflects the realities of life as a practicing lawyer” (no, they didn’t remove all vacation time and add Saturdays to … Read More »Comments (1)
Today in legal news: Yale Law School professor offers parenting advice (or put differently, how to make sure your kids have no fun) and the legal blog Lawyerist suggests ways to recover from bad first semester grades (our advice: drop out now!).
Chinese Parenting = Wicked Successful Kid
A recent article by … Read More »
Today in legal news: law students are the problem, not law schools; partners “somewhat” satisfied with compensation; and legal aid is struggling.
Law Students Need to Do Their Diligence
Not unexpectedly, the number of responses to the recent New York Times piece about law school being a total scam have been even … Read More »
Today in legal news:
the New York Times article about the scam that is law school is still No. 1 on most emailed list (interesting, but we won’t be discussing any further–far too much has already been written about a topic that, at least in the legal community, was already common … Read More »Comments (0)
**Please note: some of our regular readers emailed us to let us know that the title “Legal Job Reports” didn’t necessarily fit the content of those posts. Accordingly, what was formerly the “Legal Jobs Report” will now be “All Things Legal.” We will not discontinue the Legal Jobs Reports, however. … Read More »Comments (0)
A post in our blog last week highlighted a plan by the Oregon bar to implement a mandatory, yearlong mentorship program for new attorneys. This reminded me how much I dislike mandatory mentoring, which was a hot topic on the legal blogosphere last summer when people seemingly took turns … Read More »Comments (1)
Today in legal jobs:
In-House Counsel: A recent article in the National Law Journal by Jason Mark Anderman discussed the many obstacles faced by in-house legal departments in today’s global marketplace. In the past, in-house legal departments were evaluated almost purely on their ability to reduce the corporation’s exposure … Read More »Comments (0)
Today in legal jobs:
Yale Law School–Still Worth It: I’m surprised that it was even necessary to write an article about this topic at YLS, but in light of the ever-popular New York Times’ article about the perils of law school, Yale Daily News responded with a piece titled “YLS Employment … Read More »Comments (0)
Welcome to All Things Legal, a daily rundown of news, tips and trends in the legal world. Today in the news: the LSAT, Wall Street Deal Lawyers and Supreme Court Justices.
Will the LSAT go the Way of the Dodo Bird?
The Law School Admissions Test, or LSAT, has always … Read More »
Today in legal jobs:
Baker Botts Seeking 1Ls
Apparently Baker Botts has been very busy interviewing first year law students, particularly for its Houston office. Cristina Rodriguez, Baker Bott’s hiring partner, spoke with the Careerist about what they are looking for in 1Ls and summer associates in general. Rodriguez notes that … Read More »
Today in legal jobs: Oregon to require new attorneys to participate in year-long mentorship program; jobs for tax and real estate attorneys popular today, both with law firms and corporations.
Oregon’s New Mentorship Program
The National Law Journal reported that recent law school graduates planning to practice in the state of Oregon, … Read More »
Today in the legal jobs world: contrary to our original prediction, M&A deal work continues to flourish; lots of new in-house positions opened up today; and IP attorneys, although always sought after, are in particularly high demand today.
M&A Deal Work Picks Continues to Pick Up in 2011
Notwithstanding our prediction that … Read More »
While shoveling my front porch for what seemed like the eighteenth time since Christmas, I thought about spring . . . and fantasy baseball. What does fantasy baseball have to do with legal careers? Right now, not much, but more on that in a minute.
Value Over Replacement-Level Attorney
Along with the … Read More »
Today in the legal jobs world: four law firms make Fortune’s list of top 100 places to work; Quinn Emanuel profits-per-partner top $3.6 million; and commercial litigation seems to be one of the busier areas over the last few days, both in-house and with law firms.
Can a Large Law Firm … Read More »
Back in October, a counselor at my school’s career services office told me that if I wanted to find summer employment, I needed to be more optimistic. When you’ve got over $100,000 sunk in tuition, maintaining optimism amongst a torrent of rejection letters from law firms and employers is arguably … Read More »Comments (1)
I put myself through law school by being a receptionist in a law firm. Legal briefs were written between the time the phone wasn’t ringing and the clients weren’t coming in. Well, in all honesty some work was getting done while clients were coming in and even when potential new … Read More »Comments (0)
Today in legal jobs: a recent report shows a somewhat unexpected (at least at first glance) region of the country has the highest total cash compensation for in-house management positions; and 2010 was a not-so-bad year for law firm layoffs with only a fraction of the number seen in 2009.
West … Read More »
There are many different types of law students I have met over the years – those who have had law engrained on them since birth, those who stumbled into it for lack of a better option, and those who want to make a difference in the world. I consider myself … Read More »Comments (2)
In the wake of all the bad qi created by The New York Times law school exposé, I’ve noticed a spate of pieces seemingly designed to restore what’s left of the legal profession’s feel good factor. Some attorneys, it seems, still have the profession’s back. For these apologists, … Read More »Comments (0)
The unemployment rate in the U.S. is still above 9%, and from what the experts have been telling us, it will likely remain that way for some time to come. According to a recent New York Times article, however, there are some positive signs in the jobs market.
Legal Job Postings … Read More »
Today’s Legal Jobs Report discusses spring bonuses by some of the major law firms and the large number of in-house counsel jobs currently available in Connecticut.
Law Firm Spring Bonuses
The AmLaw Daily recently reported that Cravath, Swaine & Moore will pay its associates a “special” bonus, following the recent trend set by … Read More »
Today in the legal jobs world: Connecticut proposes ban on outsourcing of legal work; profits jump at Akin Gump; and commercial litigation remains a hot practice area for both in-house and law firm positions.
Will Connecticut Ban Outsourcing of Legal Work?
The Connecticut Law Tribune recently reported that state Rep. Patricia Dillon … Read More »
Ever since hearing it invoked ad nauseam in law school, I’ve never been particularly fond of the slippery slope argument. Whether applied to a legal or political discussion, the person propounding it usually comes off sounding slightly unhinged—viz., if [insert judgment/legislation speaker opposes here] is implemented it will create … Read More »Comments (0)
Today in legal jobs: Despite the already over-saturated legal jobs market, Texas proposes two new law schools; the January legal jobs report shows modest growth in the legal industry; and in-house counsel positions continue to open up at a steady pace.
Two New Law Schools in Texas?
Notwithstanding talk of shutting down … Read More »
Today in legal jobs: DLA Piper saw a 12% rise in profits; a new report argues that New York lawyers are resorting to a “better-cheaper-faster” ethic; and Minneapolis is a busy place for new legal jobs.
DLA Piper U.S. Sees Profits Rise 12%
According to a recent article in The American Lawyer, DLA … Read More »
Today in legal jobs: Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy plans to send it associates to Harvard and Seattle’s in-house market picks up.
Milbank Associates to Harvard
According to a recent article by the Wall Street Journal’s Law Blog, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy plans to send its associates to Harvard … Read More »
Back when I was a corporate associate, slogging through one mind-numbing assignment after another, I would sometimes mutter something to the effect of “Don’t they have a machine to do this sh&t?” Well, according to an advertorial penned for The National Law Journal by IBM’s general counsel, Robert C. … Read More »Comments (0)
Today in legal jobs: The ABA Young Lawyers Division recently voted to approve a set of resolutions requiring greater transparency in the employment data released by ABA accredited law schools and California appears to be the hot spot for new in-house counsel listings.
Truth In Law School Education
As recently reported by … Read More »
Despite a dramatic rise in social media use among all types of Internet users, some law students haven’t yet realized the potential benefits of using social media during their legal job hunt. If you are a law student on the fence about whether or how to use social media in … Read More »Comments (3)
Recent data shows that employers are increasingly looking online for potential employees. Is your online identity ready to stand up to the scrutiny during your legal job search?Comments (0)
A résumé showcasing hands-on legal experience can help you rise above the competition in your legal job search.Comments (0)
In this extremely competitive market, landing a summer associate position, law clerk position, or full-time position upon graduation is more difficult than it has been in many, many years. When a law student gets word that an employer would like to bring him or her in for an interview, the … Read More »Comments (0)
This week in Atlanta legal jobs: following the holiday weekend, there were several new job openings for attorneys in the Atlanta area. The job listings were mainly with law firms, and several of those were for associates with ERISA/employee benefits experience. There was also some activity in the financial services … Read More »Comments (0)
Although the Boston legal jobs market remains somewhat slow, we are seeing a decent number of new listings. Perhaps Boston is finally seeing the pick up in new legal job listings seen in other markets. In terms of new openings in the Boston market from the past week, there are … Read More »Comments (0)
The Chicago legal jobs market has seen a decent number of new legal job listings recently, with several new in-house counsel positions becoming available as well as a some interesting new law firm positions for junior to mid-level associates. It’s good to see a decent number of new job listings … Read More »Comments (0)
The Washington, D.C., legal jobs market has seen a steady pickup over the last several months, both with law firms as well as in-house positions. In particular, we have added to our database a number of positions in the corporate and energy sectors. And as always, we’ve seen a steady … Read More »Comments (0)
The legal jobs market in Houston has seen a steady increase in new legal job listings over the past several months, both in-house counsel listings as well as law firm positions. As one would expect, many of the listings are in the energy/oil, intellectual property and corporate practice areas. But … Read More »Comments (0)
This week’s Featured Los Angeles Legal Job is with a well-know tech company: eBay. The position requires a background in commercial contracts, experience in licensing and technology and at least 4 years of experience. For the right attorney, this is an excellent opportunity to get your foot … Read More »Comments (0)
This past week there were a number of interesting new legal job postings added to our general database for attorneys seeking legal jobs in New Jersey. Many of them were law firm positions with a focus on the litigation, real estate and healthcare practice areas. There were also, however, a … Read More »Comments (0)
Entry level legal positions can be difficult to find, particularly with larger law firms that staff their incoming classes almost exclusively from their summer programs. With that said, there are entry level positions available, and we often have a decent number in our general database. Because they are … Read More »Comments (0)
As you would expect in the Bay Area, there have been a decent number of intellectual property related legal jobs that opened up recently with law firms as well as in-house legal departments. In addition, we have seen several new labor & employment openings with law firms both at the … Read More »Comments (0)
The legal jobs market in the Atlanta, Georgia, area has seen a decent number of new legal jobs listings this past week. Moreover, the new listings that we have added to our general database have been a very mixed bunch, with new job listings in the labor, securities, insurance and … Read More »Comments (0)
If you are a litigator, whether commercial litigation or, something more specific, like intellectual property litigation, it’s a good week to start sending out your resume in Boston, as we have added several new litigation legal jobs to our general database recently. With that said, there were also some additions … Read More »Comments (0)
As noted in a previous post on this blog, one of the most difficult legal jobs to find is the entry level position. Large firms tend to staff their incoming classes through their summer associate programs. Small to mid-sized firms do hire entry level attorneys right out of law school, but … Read More »Comments (0)
If you’re looking for an in-house counsel job in the Chicago area, it’s a good time to make sure that your resume is up-to-date, as we have added a number of in-house positions to our database recently. The positions range from small companies to Fortune 100 in-house legal departments, and … Read More »Comments (0)
From large mega-firms to small, regional ones, we have seen a large number of new jobs posted by law firms in Washington, D.C., as of late. And the openings range from junior IP positions to senior corporate associate listings. There have also been a large number of openings with government … Read More »Comments (0)
As noted in our other recent blog posts updating the latest legal job listings in various cities, the legal jobs market seems to be picking up in most metropolitan areas. The same is definitely true in Los Angeles, where this past week we have seen a number of new law … Read More »Comments (0)
Silicon Valley, along with the Bay Area in general, is finally starting to see a pick-up in new legal jobs, both with law firms as well as with in-house legal departments. And not surprisingly, a large number of the new listings are for intellectual property attorneys, both on the litigation and … Read More »Comments (0)
As the press has noted a great deal recently, and the law school employment numbers verify, finding an entry level legal jobs can be difficult, particularly in this market. Finding an entry level legal job is not impossible, however. Even with some of the larger firms. As we have noted, … Read More »Comments (0)