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Job Search / 2 Questions on Job Market?
« on: May 13, 2009, 06:40:15 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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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 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 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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Current Law Students / Re: New Facebook Group
« on: November 28, 2008, 05:25:26 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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Current Law Students / New Facebook Group
« on: November 24, 2008, 06:39:43 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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Current Law Students / Re: Is law school a good investment these days?
« on: October 28, 2008, 09:18:33 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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Law School Admissions / Re: * KILLER SOFT FACTORS * ?
« on: October 16, 2008, 10:22:57 AM »
UChi1L, based on my experience I agree that it is difficult, very difficult for an ordinary applicant to have "killer" soft-factors, unless of course they have a building named after an immediate family member... ;D People tend to differentiate themselves more over the years, say after they have finished law school and have worked for a number of years and everyone will have acquired their own unique experiences within the law and outside of it. But earlier in life people with similar backgrounds tend to be very similar to each other and it is hard for everyone to stand out.
Giuseppe
Attorney and author of Soft Skills for Lawyers (www.chelseapublishing.com

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Current Law Students / Re: Simpson Thacher vs Skadden - Where do I go?
« on: October 16, 2008, 07:46:19 AM »
Both are fantastic firms and well done to you!!

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

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