New Attorneys

26 ABA Journal New Attorneys articles.

Top 5 Your Voice columns of 2020

From what law students can learn from the musical Hamilton to tips on marketing your practice during the pandemic, the ABA Journal’s Your Voice section hosted a number of fascinating columns in 2020.

5 ways to do more pro bono in 2021

For attorneys who want to do more pro bono in 2021, here are five ways to get involved.

How late-career litigators can reinvent themselves as law firm mentors
“Do you have a minute?” In my job, the answer to that question has to be “yes”—almost always. No one arrives in your office with a pained look on their face, unless it involves something that needs to get done now. Maybe it doesn’t rise to the level of a practice crisis or emotional emergency, but the lawyer across from you wants to complete this task right away.
New study suggests cutting bar exam multiple choice questions or making them open book
Bar exams should use multiple choice questions sparingly, if at all, replace essay questions with performance tests, and require supervised clinical work for licensure, according to a study focused on minimum competency to practice law by the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System.
Law student debt averages about $165K at graduation, creating stress and restricting choices, survey says
Young lawyers are so impacted by student debt that they are making life-changing decisions, such as delaying children and, in some cases, choosing a job because of its higher pay, according to a survey posted online Monday.
Would-be lawyer, 87, wants to try to pass the bar again, but obstacles remain
An 87-year-old would-be lawyer wants to take another crack at the California bar exam after failing four times in the 1960s.
Law firms lost 15 associates for every 20 they hired, NALP Foundation study finds
For every 20 associates hired by law firms, 15 left, according to a study that collected information from more than 800 law firms.
You accepted a clerkship; now what? A to-do list for before your first day
‘Tis the season. No, not for holiday shopping (thankfully), but for law clerk hiring. Prospective clerks are hearing back on offers for next year right about now, and it’s never too early to begin preparing. I often muse on my time as a law clerk and the rewards of the experience. And although articles abound regarding the benefits of a clerkship, there are few that offer advice to incoming clerks on what they should do to prepare for the experience.
Surveyed midlevel associates discuss snacks, decor, boring work and burnout
Midlevel associates waxed philosophical, critiqued office food and decor, and discussed burnout in verbatim comments collected in an American Lawyer survey.
Self-awareness, mentors and family propel former C student to Harvard Law acceptance

Rehan Staton has always done things differently. “People say I take notes differently, I learn differently. People say in general I have a peculiar way of doing things, but it always worked for me,” Staton, 24, says.

Why Generation Z isn’t the feared ‘zombie’ generation

Gen Z individuals most certainly are or will be entering the workforce in droves, writes lawyer Kristen A. Foltz. Although she predicts some initial cultural clashes, smart firms can capitalize on the skills and knowledge this generation possesses.

Most law firms will shorten their summer programs and switch to virtual format, NALP study says
While the vast majority of law firms still plan to offer a summer program this year, almost two-thirds will shorten those programs between five to six weeks, and more than half will transition them to an entirely virtual format, according to a National Association for Law Placement study released Thursday.
Is my law firm preparing me for success in the next decade?

Every lawyer, from the solo practitioner to lawyers in large international firms, should ask themselves this question, says lawyer Thomas Aertgeerts. For young lawyers and law students, this is even more important.

Some law firms delay start of summer associate programs because of novel coronavirus
Some law firms have announced that they are delaying the start date of their summer associate programs and shortening their length because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ethics and civil procedure are most important knowledge areas for new lawyers, survey says

A survey of nearly 15,000 lawyers sought to determine what knowledge, skills and abilities are needed by newly licensed attorneys.

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