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  • December 7, 2016
    Given the prevalence of social media–Facebook now boasts more than 1.7 billion users worldwide, with 293,000 status updates posted each minute–wannabe lawyers are being scrutinized through the unforgiving lens of social networking.
  • October 21, 2016
    As a new junior associate time management is learned over time and with plenty of practice. It’s important to remember that you aren’t alone in learning how to manage a new job and new working relationships.  
  • October 12, 2016

    Networks are living entities that are cultivated from our first professional moments. From when we start working to social interactions as students or young professionals people won’t always remember what you said or did but they will remember how you made them feel.


  • April 21, 2016
    As you wrap up your year and prepare to begin your summer job, we wanted to let you know that we’re here all summer to answer any questions that you may have and to help you navigate any issues that may arise with your employers.
  • April 20, 2016
    The legal profession is undergoing an era of profound change, influenced by technology, new business structures, and globalization. New skills and tools are needed by graduates in order to succeed.
  • February 26, 2016
    Building resilience can be key to success in the competitive legal market.
  • January 20, 2016
    As technology continues to advance, law schools and rising attorneys must be prepared and marketable in this quickly evolving digital age.
  • December 2, 2015
    Stanley Polit L’15, reflects on his “first semester” as a practicing attorney
  • November 30, 2015
    Many law schools are trying new approaches to providing practical training for future lawyers to prepare students for the reality of day-to-day legal practice.
  • October 30, 2015

    Junior attorneys may find it difficult to identify a mentor. Whether you are a junior attorney in solo practice, with a government agency, or in Big Law, there are options available to help you find a mentor. This post provides tips to help you identify mentors and build connections.

  • October 23, 2015
    Social skills such as cooperation, empathy, and flexibility have become increasingly vital in the modern-day workforce. According to new research, occupations that require strong social skills have grown much more than other occupations since 1980.
  • October 7, 2015
    How to build the social ties necessary to be successful and happy at work
  • September 21, 2015
    The period between a summer associate position and a permanent job after graduation can be trying.  Check out this article from the Legal Intelligencer to learn how to avoid simple mistakes as a young lawyer and get some tips on communication styles.
  • April 29, 2015
    As a new generation of lawyers pursues its legal education, it must consider the role of technology on the modern legal landscape.
  • March 10, 2015
    While the law industry has long pushed towards personal accomplishments, we may be shifting in a new direction.  Collaborating with your peers and colleagues, instead of striving for individual success, is the key to having a competitive advantage.  More below!
  • February 24, 2015
    Professor Ted Ruger of Penn Law has been named our next dean.  Find out more about his story and the new direction he sees for our community here.
  • February 10, 2015
    The legal profession continues to expect more from law school graduates, including increased knowledge of the professional skills needed to excel in the profession.
  • January 14, 2015
    As a veteran executive coach for lawyers, entrepreneurs and corporate leaders, Debby Stone is frequently asked to help her clients cope with the myriad stresses they face. This article provides a few tips that she has found to be universally helpful for those who may be experiencing negativity or discontentment.
  • December 1, 2014
    Technology, evolving markets, changing client demands and a financial crisis have forced the notoriously conservative private legal services sector to embrace new services, form fresh partnerships and become more entrepreneurial to remain relevant and viable. Firms seek lawyers who are innovators and understand the needs of businesses and clients.
  • November 20, 2014
    Jackson Lewis announced plans to stop using billable hours to evaluate associates, instead focusing on factors such as efficiency and effectiveness. Experts say that the move could prompt other firms to rethink their own associate evaluations.
  • November 20, 2014
    Don’t know which direction to go in after exams, but want to get going on your job search and networking?  See this post for tips from Mary Crane and her website on how to make the most of your winter break.
  • November 10, 2014
    An important and often neglected question laterals should ask a prospective firm is how well the firm is organized for or committed to business development.
  • November 7, 2014
    Contemplative practices that extend back thousands of years show a multitude of benefits for both body and mind.
  • November 3, 2014

    All lawyers must develop strong skills that will allow them communicate analysis and advice effectively. The Recorder presents 5 rules for effective client communication.

  • October 31, 2014
    What separates partners from the rest of the pack, and what hidden characteristics help them get there?  Read about the unexpected traits that help you reach success.
  • October 30, 2014
    The Daily Report explains the importance of mentors to first year associates
  • October 24, 2014
    Helpful LinkedIn Tips for Law Students
  • October 22, 2014
    Though the media can seem to be a daunting force, using PR successfully can be invaluable to your career.  Learn about PR opportunities and strategies in this post.
  • October 22, 2014
    Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) is bringing mindfulness to Capitol Hill.
  • October 21, 2014
    Being an exceptional attorney is not an innate skill.  A few learned traits, like preparedness, perseverance, and integrity can go miles in helping you grow to be a better lawyer, as this post illuminates.