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2L job search / 2 Questions on Job Market?
« on: May 13, 2009, 08:40:15 AM »
Guys please can you give me a feeling for the following:

(i) are US firms still making redundancies? Have they cut back on new associate recruitment as well as far as you are aware?

(ii) do job fairs really lead to job offers based on your experience?

I have been offered the opportunity to come to the US to study for an LLM and was wondering whether the legal job market there is as bad as it is currently in the UK (I work in London as a corporate lawyer).

Thanks!

Giuseppe
Attorney and author of Soft Skills for Lawyers (www.chelseapublishing.com) :)

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General Board / Re: I NEED HELP, Deciding on an MBA or Law Degree
« on: May 13, 2009, 08:14:29 AM »
I agree with the consensus too: (i) only go to law school if you want to practice law, and (ii) do a proper costs/return analysis. If you have already an established business or profession, it may be more profitable for you to focus your energies on progressing in your existing line of business (and perhaps setting up on your own) than go back to school hoping to get a higer paying job at a later date. But whatever you decide to do, be determined and you will succeed!
All the best,
Giuseppe
Attorney and author of Soft Skills for Lawyers (www.chelseapublishing.com) :)

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General Board / Re: I NEED HELP, Deciding on an MBA or Law Degree
« on: May 13, 2009, 08:13:05 AM »
I agree with the consensus too: (i) only go to law school if you want to practice law, and (ii) do a proper costs/return analysis. If you have already an established business or profession, it may be more profitable for you to focus your energies on progressing in your existing line of business (and perhaps setting up on your own) than go back to school hoping to get a higer paying job at a later date. But whatever you decide to do, be determined and you will succeed!
All the best,
Giuseppe
Attorney and author of Soft Skills for Lawyers (www.chelseapublishing.com) :)

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General Board / Re: I NEED HELP, Deciding on an MBA or Law Degree
« on: May 13, 2009, 08:11:48 AM »
I agree with the consensus too: (i) only go to law school if you want to practice law, and (ii) do a proper costs/return analysis. If you have already an established business or profession, it may be more profitable for you to focus your energies on progressing in your existing line of business (and perhaps setting up on your own) than go back to school hoping to get a higer paying job at a later date. But whatever you decide to do, be determined and you will succeed!
All the best,
Giuseppe
Attorney and author of Soft Skills for Lawyers (www.chelseapublishing.com) :)

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I think this is a really interesting thread! I am a practising corporate attorney and I often hear business people boasting that they are advised by the "smartest lawyers", which I take it to mean that at least some clients believe that their lawyers are smarter than them. If you asked me, I would say only three things on this topic: (i) there are plenty of smart (i.e. very intelligent and bright) people in all professions and paths of life, (ii) there is little correlation between being extremely smart and making lots of money and (iii) the younger generations tend to be smarter than the older generations (I am often impressed by how bright some of the trainees/junior attorney at my firm are).
Giuseppe
Attorney and author of Soft Skills for Lawyers (www.chelseapublishing.com) :)

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General Board / Re: New Facebook Group
« on: November 28, 2008, 07:25:26 AM »
This is quite a surprise for me! Here in Europe people put their real name and profile on Facebook. How come you don't do the same in the US? I thought the whole point of Facebook was to become a genuine directory of people, pictures and profiles. Is it not the same in the US?

Giuseppe
Attorney and author of Soft Skills for Lawyers (www.chelseapublishing.com) :)

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General Board / New Facebook Group
« on: November 24, 2008, 08:39:43 AM »
Guys

I have set up a new Facebook group for law students and attorneys, which hopefully will become a complementary resource to the Law School Discussion Forum. It focuses on soft skills and you are all very welcome to join and invite your friends to join and chat with the existing members (most of which are friends of mine and include qualified attorneys): http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/group.php?gid=40433410727&ref=mf.

Hopefully see you there!

Giuseppe
Attorney and Author of Soft Skills for Lawyers (www.chelseapublishing.com) :)

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General Board / Re: Is law school a good investment these days?
« on: October 28, 2008, 11:18:33 AM »
I think this is quite an interesting topic and the contributions are quite good too. Maybe one thing I could add is this. Take a close look at the alternatives too. When you ask yourself whether law school is a "good" investment you should make a relative assessment not an absolute one. An investment is never "good" or "bad" in absolute terms but better or worse relative to the available alternatives (or not making any investment at all).
Giuseppe
Attorney and author of Soft Skills for Lawyers (www.chelseapublishing.com) :)

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Astarael
I have been working as an attorney for almost 10 years now and let me tell you this. Your academic background becomes less and less important over the years and all that matter are your technical skills (which you will acquire on the job) and soft skills (ie. the ability to deal with people effectively and politely, which you can also acquire if you do not already have them). There is no such thing as a "natural born lawyer" so don't let the past stop you and push hard until you have achieved what you want.
Good luck!
Giuseppe
Attorney and author of Soft Skills for Lawyers (www.chelseapublishing.com) :)

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Pre-Law in high school / Re: Paralegal vs. Lawyer
« on: October 28, 2008, 10:55:52 AM »
I worked as a paralegal for a brief period while I was studying for my bar exam and agree that it really depends on the firm you work for. If you are planning to work as a paralegal for the medium-long term, can I add a positive note. Especially if you work with a large firm and stick to it for a number of years, if you are good at your job, you may get the chance to move into a managerial role and take responsibility for one or more business areas of the firm (and earn significantly more). So all in all a paralegal job is not a dead-end job at all!
Good luck!
Giuseppe
Attorney and author of Soft Skills for Lawyers (www.chelseapublishing.com) :)

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