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A Short & Happy Guide to Being a Lawyer Has Something for Everyone

Do you ever get nervous about what lies after law school?  Being a practicing attorney requires an array of skills to be successful. A Short & Happy Guide to Being a Lawyer, by Kenny F. Hegland & Paul D. Bennett, discusses some of the most important characteristics that a new attorney should work to possess. This  Continue Reading »

Excellence in the Workplace

Have a question about what being a practicing attorney is like?  Excellence in the Workplace: Legal and Life Skills, by Kay Kavanagh and Paula Nailon, has information about a little bit of everything related to being a lawyer – from overcoming shyness, to how adults learn information, to salary negotiation.  It is divided into thirty  Continue Reading »

Katie Jeter-Boldt, ’07 – Staff Attorney for the Missouri Housing Development Commission

From the moment you started law school, people have been crawling out of the woodwork to tell you the secret of success as a lawyer.  From your Great Uncle Herbert to the 3Ls loitering in the common areas, everyone has a completely different answer.   Some will tell you public interest is the only way to  Continue Reading »

How to “Maximize Your Lawyer Potential”

So many factors contribute to the success of a lawyer beyond what law students learn in school.  Maximize Your Lawyer Potential, by Amee R. McKim, focuses on what the author designates as “soft” lawyering skills.  These are abilities that are not as easily measured as grades and journal participation.  Though soft skills are not typically  Continue Reading »

Succeeding in Today’s Job Market

Worried about finding a job after graduation?  If so, I recommend the book From Lemons to Lemonade in the New Legal Job Market by Richard L. Hermann.  This book examines some of the obstacles new graduates may face during their job search, but more importantly, provides an abundance of advice about how to work around  Continue Reading »

Vincenzo M. Iuppa, `10 – Staff Attorney for the Missouri National Education Association

The general advice you receive when you transition into law practice is to be aware of your work-life balance, get enough sleep, don’t drink too much, exercise, etc. But nothing you are told prepares you for the moment when the tissue-thin paper and sterile ink of a textbook transmutes into a living, breathing person, likely  Continue Reading »

Job Quest for Lawyers

This book, “Job Quest for Lawyers” by Sheila Nielsen, is one of my favorite resources that I have reviewed so far.   At first I was unsure if I would enjoy it because the book is told as if you are actually on a medieval quest, so it involves a lot of knights/wizards/ogres, which is a little  Continue Reading »