Recently, a group of Harvard Law professors released the results of their survey of 124 attorneys from 11 large firms, asking what courses Harvard students ought to take to prepare for Biglaw practice. Overall, financial courses such as accounting, financial reporting, and corporate finance, topped the list, as noted by Will Baude over at the Volokh Conspiracy. But the study got me thinking: what courses should lawyers interested in starting a practice — either directly after law school or a few years down the road — study in law school? In my view, law students should focus on studying and acquiring the kinds of skills that aren't easily found or readily mastered in practice. With that as a guide, here’s my top five list of classes that will help prepare students for solo practice… Click here to continue to article.
Alison and I travel around and talk to law students quite a bit. At various events we hand out a lot of business cards. We offer to help students, if they will only just follow up with us. And do you know how many people actually do follow up after these events? Almost no one.
Now this could be that they just don’t want to talk to us (which is totally valid) or, I have worried, that law students are lazy. (Sorry, folks, but it is a logical leap.) However, through the grapevine I have heard that law students don’t follow up because they don’t know what to say in a follow-up email or they are worried their email may not come off as professional enough. It is possible that you are being told (by your career services offices perhaps) that you shouldn’t follow up unless you have something really worthwhile to say, want to ask someone to have coffee, or can craft a wonderfully memorable email. But you know what? I think that just isn’t the case.
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1. For the law students out there, first-year grades are what matter for securing a summer associate position that will hopefully lead to a more permanent associate position. But for anyone who may look to lateral to another firm or go in-house eventually (and that is most of you!), second- and third-year law school grades do count. This is especially true for litigators in today’s market. Firms and most companies will ask for your law school transcript when you apply as a lateral attorney. They even on occasion ask for grades from partner candidates. Grades have a tendency to follow you around, so finish strong.
2. Check out bar requirements in advance for any state you might want to waive into eventually. New York, for example, requires that you take the multistate portion of the bar exam at the same time as the essay portion. That means you cannot decide six months later to take only the essay portion — you will have to retake the multistate as well.
March 22nd from 9:00 am - 12:00 Noon in Room 206 Please RSVP in Symplicity/Events/Workshops
Whether you are thinking about opening your own practice (now or down the road), this is a great session for anyone that plans to work in private practice. It will give you the practical realities of running your own firm. It can help you run a practice or help you understand the boss who's trying to run a practice.
Program: Dwayne Vance, Marketing and Running a Solo Shop Chris Keen, the Basics of Starting Your Own Shop Drew Briney, Trust Account Basics: How Not to Get Disbarred Over Money Lunch will be served