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From Law School to Law Practice

From Law School to Law Practice: The New Associate’s Guide, produced by the American Law Institute and the American Bar Association, is a book aimed at fledgling attorneys starting out at larger law firms and in-house corporate legal departments. The book is broken up into four sections, and each one discusses certain expectations of firms  Continue Reading »

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 »

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 »