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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 / 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 Off-Topic Board / PLEASE ONLY CONSTRUCTIVE RESPONSES
« on: March 06, 2008, 11:02:35 AM »
Guys

Please what do you think of the new Chelsea Publishing's website? www.chelseapublishing.com

A friend told me that the previous version was "embarrassing" so I have now updated it. Do you like the new colours and design?

The Soft Skills Test and the Paypal facility to order Soft Skills for Lawyers online are still there. Do you think I could add any further feature/marketing material that could help me to promote the book?

Giuseppe


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General Off-Topic Board / Thank you!!!
« on: January 07, 2008, 07:05:06 AM »
Thank you all for your support during 2007! It has been a fantastic year for the team of Soft Skills for Lawyers and we wish you great success in your studies and future career!!

The Team @ chelseapublishing.com

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General Off-Topic Board / NEW!!! The Soft Skills Test!!!
« on: September 26, 2007, 08:34:06 AM »
Guys

Have you tried to take the following test??

It is based on case studies from "Soft Skills for Lawyers". I thought it was a stupid test at first but actually it seems to me that it makes a lot of sense and can really help a lot!! The answers to the questions are on www.chelseapublishing.com.

Question #1: Showing confidence to partners

You are discussing a case with a partner in their office and the telephone rings. The partner answers the phone and starts talking with the caller, without giving you any indication as to whether the call will be long. What should you do?

A) Attract the partner's attention with a gesture and query whether you should go and come back later.
B) Try to make eye contact with the partner and query whether you should go and come back later.
C) Remain where you are and show that you’re interested in the call.
D) Remain where you are and start pretending to review your papers and notes so as to show that you have something to do while he is speaking.

Question #2: Choosing the Right Seat

You enter a meeting room and find a dozen of people sitting around a large table. Your firm’s partner and an associate are sitting at one side of the table and you notice there are two free seats where you could possibly seat: one is next to the associate and the other is next to the partner. The seat next to the partner is at the head of the table. Where should you sit?

A) Next to the associate. It is impolite to sit at the head of a table unless invited to do so.
B) Next to the partner. There is nothing wrong in sitting at the head of the table.

Question #3: Automobile etiquette

The cab you called to take you and two senior lawyers from your firm to a meeting has just arrived. As you approach the cab, you wonder who among your party should enter the car first and where you should sit.

A) You should invite colleagues to enter the cab first and let them choose the seat that they prefer.
B) Since you called the cab, you should enter first and sit behind the driver so that you can easily give them instructions.
C) There are no rules of etiquette governing this situation. You shouldn’t worry about who should enter the car first and where you should sit.

Good luck!!!

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Soft Skills for Lawyers????????
« on: September 04, 2007, 07:52:02 AM »
Guys

Are we sure that during at law school we are developing all the skills we need to become a successful lawyer?

What about, for example, how we are going to behave in the office and what rules we should follow when dealing with partners, other associates and clients? It seems that the ability to deal with people effectively and politely (also known as ‘soft skills’) is just as important as, if not more important than, technical skills.

A comprehensive book on this topic, called "Soft Skills for Lawyers", has now been published. It is written by a qualified lawyer and is available to buy from www.chelseapublishing.com. A free preview of the book can also be downloaded from that website and I hope it will be of help! :)   

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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Soft Skills for Lawyers?????
« on: September 04, 2007, 07:49:50 AM »
Guys

Are we sure that during at law school we are developing all the skills we need to become a successful lawyer?

What about, for example, how we are going to behave in the office and what rules we should follow when dealing with partners, other associates and clients? It seems that the ability to deal with people effectively and politely (also known as ‘soft skills’) is just as important as, if not more important than, technical skills.

A comprehensive book on this topic, called "Soft Skills for Lawyers", has now been published. It is written by a qualified lawyer and is available to buy from www.chelseapublishing.com. A free preview of the book can also be downloaded from that website and I hope it will be of help! :)   


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General Off-Topic Board / Soft Skills for Lawyers??
« on: September 04, 2007, 07:35:21 AM »
Guys

Are we sure that during our studies and at law school we are developing all the skills we need to become a successful lawyer?

What about, for example, how we are going to behave in the office and what rules we should follow when dealing with partners, other associates and clients? It seems that the ability to deal with people effectively and politely (also known as ‘soft skills’) is just as important as, if not more important than, technical skills.

A comprehensive book on this topic, called "Soft Skills for Lawyers", has now been published. It is written by a qualified lawyer and is available to buy from www.chelseapublishing.com. A free preview of the book can also be downloaded from that website and I hope it will be of help! :)



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Pre-Law in high school / Soft Skills for Lawyers!
« on: September 04, 2007, 07:10:52 AM »
Guys

Are we sure that during our studies and at law school we will develop all the skills we will need to become a successful lawyer?

What about, for example, how we are going to behave in the office and what rules we should follow when dealing with partners, other associates and clients? It seems that the ability to deal with people effectively and politely (also known as ‘soft skills’) is just as important as, if not more important than, technical skills.

A comprehensive book on this topic, called "Soft Skills for Lawyers", has also been published. It is written by a qualified lawyer and is available to buy from www.chelseapublishing.com. A free preview of the book can also be downloaded from that website and I hope it will be of help!  :)


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News Discussion / Soft Skills for Lawyers - how topical?
« on: September 04, 2007, 07:05:01 AM »
Guys

Have you noticed that more and more articles are appearing on the legal press about the importance of soft skills for lawyers? By this I mean skills such as verbal and non-verbal communication (including body language), etiquette, delegation & project management, marketing, public speaking and time & stress management.

It is probably true that during law school we do not really develop all the skills we will need in our careers as lawyers. It seems in fact that the ability to deal with people effectively and politely is just as important as, if not more important than, technical skills.

A comprehensive book on this topic, called "Soft Skills for Lawyers", has also been published. It is written by a qualified lawyer and is available to buy from www.chelseapublishing.com. A free preview of the book can also be downloaded from that website and I hope it will be of help!

 

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