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    Boutique Law Firms, Job Searches, Small Law Firms

    Back In The Race: Ambition And Grit Do Not Always Come From The Top

    Hunger and ambition cannot be measured by law school rank or even by grades, according to columnist Shannon Achimalbe.

    33 Comments / / Jul 29, 2015 at 10:04 AM
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    Biglaw, Boutique Law Firms, Job Searches, Small Law Firms

    Reinventing The Law Business: Where Is The Legal Profession Heading? (Part 3)

    Managing partner Bruce Stachenfeld notes that if you look at the most profitable law firms in recent years, a good chunk of them are “pure play” firms.

    / Jul 23, 2015 at 2:46 PM
  • fail failure

    Biglaw, Interview Stories, Summer Associates

    7 Epic Examples Of On-Campus-Interviewing Fails

    These stories are funny, but they’re also educational.

    54 Comments / / Jul 17, 2015 at 12:34 PM
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    Job Searches, Law Schools, Small Law Firms

    Law Firm’s ‘Ban’ On Ivy League Law School Grads Is Dumb

    A close look at a small law firm’s “ban” on Ivy League law school grads reveals pure puffery.

    47 Comments / / Jul 16, 2015 at 10:50 AM
  • Bill Cosby (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 07.16.15

    * No pudding pops for you, POTUS! When President Obama answered a question about the possibility of revoking Bill Cosby’s Medal of Freedom, he more or less insinuated that the comedian was a rapist, saying this country should “have no tolerance” for it. [New York Times]

    * “He was acting like a clown.” Even if you reportedly act like a complete and total drunk idiot while hitting on a partner’s wife at your would-be law firm’s holiday party, it’s still possible that you’ll get a job if your dad has political ties and allegedly makes certain promises to the firm. [Journal News]

    * Everyone’s eager to make the jump to an in-house job after years in Biglaw, but many forget the comp scheme is different from what they’re used to. Some in-house earners, however, blow away the competition. We’ll have more on this later. [Corporate Counsel]

    * One of the most important lessons that can be learned from the D&L debacle is that “[g]igantic law firms have a major Achilles’ heel.” When attorneys flee in droves, it can really upset the balance, and boy, Dewey know what a pain that can be. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * If you think all New York City firms will only hire from elite law schools that make up the U.S. News T14, then think again. This prominent real estate boutique seeks to “hire the best candidates based purely on merit, not aristocracy.” Refreshing. [Huffington Post]

    16 Comments / / Jul 16, 2015 at 8:55 AM
  • '[W]hen you play the game of thrones, you win or you die.'

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 07.15.15

    * After closing arguments in the Dark Knight movie massacre trial, the case against accused shooter James Holmes now goes to a jury. He’s facing 165 criminal charges, and if found guilty, he may be sentenced to death. [NBC News]

    * A federal magistrate judge ordered the NCAA to pay almost $46 million in legal fees and costs to lawyers representing student-athletes in their antitrust suit against the organization, and he even likened the case to Game of Thrones in his decision. This is a monumental win. [Reuters]

    * Last night, SCOTUS denied a stay of execution for Mississippi death row inmate David Zink, even though his lawyers cited Justice Breyer’s recent death penalty dissent in Glossip with high hopes that the Court would act in their client’s favor. [National Law Journal]

    * For your information, the gender gap in the legal profession extends far beyond pay and partnership prospects. According to a recent study by the American Bar Association, about two-thirds of all attorneys who appeared in federal civil trials were men [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Going to law school in an underserved community that isn’t overflowing with lawyers is great for résumés, because the University of New Mexico School of Law is seriously bucking the trend of its students having difficulty finding jobs after graduation. [KOB 4]

    6 Comments / / Jul 15, 2015 at 9:00 AM
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    Law Schools, Money, Unemployment

    Which Law School Is Offering Partial Tuition Refunds For Students Who Can’t Get Jobs?

    Is this consolation prize enough to defray the costs of attending a law school that can’t net you a job offer?

    39 Comments / / Jul 14, 2015 at 11:31 AM
  • Game of Loans

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 07.14.15

    * With sagging enrollment and disappointing job statistics, offering students some tuition reimbursement if they’re still unemployed nine months after graduation is a great way to put asses in seats. We’ll have more to say about this news later today. [New York Times]

    * Testimony in the Dewey & LeBoeuf criminal trial got a little more interesting when jurors learned that the plan to cook the firm’s books to the tune of more than $50 million was hatched after a pricey steak dinner at Del Frisco’s. Don’t all evil Biglaw plans come together after an expensive steak dinner? [DealBook / New York Times]

    * These people just won the criminal justice reform lottery: In case you missed it, President Barack Obama commuted the sentenced of 46 nonviolent drug offenders in order to shine a light on punishments that didn’t fit the crimes committed. [POLITICO]

    * Pay close attention to this information, gunners, because it probably applies to you. Per a new study conducted by two Colorado Law professors, LSAT scores are an “overvalued predictor” of future law school grades and résumé builders don’t matter. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Osvaldo Miranda Diaz, the lawyer who called Cuba’s criminal justice system “disgusting” during a presentation he gave to visiting U.S. lawyers, secured a full ride for Duke Law’s LLM program thanks to one of his audience members. Congrats! [Daily Business Review]

    13 Comments / / Jul 14, 2015 at 8:59 AM
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    Job Searches, Small Law Firms

    Quitting Someone Else’s Dream

    Life is simply too short to waste it on doing something that you hate, according to columnist Jeena Cho.

    46 Comments / / Jul 13, 2015 at 3:02 PM
  • Manager interviewing a male applicant

    Biglaw, Interview Stories, Summer Associates

    OCI Is Around The Corner; How Can Law Students Ace The 20-Minute Interview?

    Biglaw hiring partners offer their tips for the interview process.

    23 Comments / / Jul 10, 2015 at 12:12 PM
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    Biglaw, Job Searches

    Reinventing The Law Business: Where Is The Legal Profession Heading? (Part 2)

    According to managing partner Bruce Stachenfeld, if a verein is brilliantly managed, it will succeed — and if not, it will fail, with probably a spectacular flameout.

    / Jul 9, 2015 at 3:57 PM
  • Some change for future of legal education.

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 07.07.15

    * Vikram Amar, the incoming dean of the University of Illinois College of Law, says that he demanded a pay cut before taking the job to help make legal education more affordable for students. The piddling amount of money he’ll be sacrificing will absolutely infuriate you. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * When law firms break up and partners attack, it can sometimes be pretty entertaining (and a little sad, all at the same time). In this case, former partners have accused each other of being mentally unstable and going online shopping for hours instead of practicing law. [Daily Business Review]

    * In case you don’t remember the law school lawsuits about deceptive employment stats, some of them are still alive and kicking. One of the last surviving suits against Widener Law was recently denied class certification. [New Jersey Law Journal via ABA Journal]

    * Per Altman Weil MergerLine, 2015 is on pace to be a record year for law firm mergers. Statements like this have been made since the recession, but this time, it’s the highest number of mergers recorded in the company’s history. [Crain’s Cleveland Business]

    * According to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the legal sector lost 800 jobs in June. That’s not exactly a comforting thought for those of you who are studying for the bar exam and don’t have a job lined up yet. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    28 Comments / / Jul 7, 2015 at 8:57 AM
  • Ben and Jen in less litigious times. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for VH1)

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 07.01.15

    * Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are getting divorced — even she couldn’t stand the thought of him being Batman. Celebrity divorces don’t come cheap, and you know what that must mean: high-powered lawyers and even higher rates for their billable hours! [CNN]

    * “[H]ow young would you go…I’d do 5[,] [b]ut 0-12 is hot.” Well, that’s absolutely disgusting. Matthew Gigot, an attorney who does doc review in the D.C. area, was charged in a child pornography case for sexual performance using a minor. [FOX 5 DC]

    * The main line of defense as of late in the Dewey trial for the former head honchos of this failed firm is that everyone sends out embarrassing — and potentially incriminating — emails from time to time. We know all abput that here at Above the Law. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * “Put down the bong, throw out the vaporizer and lose the rolling papers.” If you’re hoping to land a job at any federal agency any time in the near future, then you better quit your toking as soon as possible, even if it’s legal in your state. [New York Times]

    * Here’s some sad news for women who are interested in taking home their apparently delicious and nutritious placentas to feast upon after their children are born in hospitals: it’s only completely legal in three states — Hawaii, Oregon, and Texas. [The Stir]

    27 Comments / / Jul 1, 2015 at 9:00 AM
  • Are you ready to jump ship for an in-house job?

    In-House Counsel

    The Road Not Taken: How Long Must I Wait?

    If an in-house career is what you want, don’t use the timeline of your career as your primary focus.

    32 Comments / / Jun 30, 2015 at 1:15 PM
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    Job Searches

    Reinventing The Law Business: Where Is The Legal Profession Heading? (Part 1)

    Columnist Bruce Stachenfeld identifies different categories of law firms and predicts how they will fare in the future. First up: the brand-name Biglaw firm.

    / Jun 25, 2015 at 4:19 PM
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    Job Searches, Law Schools

    This Is How One Law School Is Trying To Game Its Job Statistics

    This law school is trying to pull a fast one for the sake of its employment statistics.

    18 Comments / / Jun 24, 2015 at 12:23 PM
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    Law Schools, Student Loans

    Disgruntled Grad Spreads Insane Tale Of Law School Debt Woes — Via Hundreds Of Windshield Flyers

    Clean up on aisle three: this Charlotte Law grad’s life is in shambles all over the floor.

    55 Comments / / Jun 23, 2015 at 10:47 AM
  • Hillary Clinton

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 06.23.15

    * Hillary Clinton is making a mad dash for Biglaw bucks to support her presidential run. This week, she’ll be at an event hosted by Sullivan & Cromwell, and next week, she’ll be at an event hosted by a Chadbourne & Park partner. Ooh la la, fancy schmancy! [Bloomberg Politics]

    * Dewey know why this firm failed? Back before D&L declared bankruptcy, the firm’s most successful rainmakers were asked to give up half of their gigantic salaries in an attempt to stave off the worst… but they didn’t want to. We suppose that’s the way the cartel crumbles. [Am Law Daily]

    * Bickel & Brewer, the fearsome Texas litigation boutique, recently broke up, and now it’ll simply be known as Brewer. John Bickel, who invoked the firm’s partnership retirement clause, is now ensconced as senior counsel at Fish & Richardson. [Texas Lawbook]

    * This career services dean is here to tell you a tale about law school job stats. You see, law schools don’t have an unemployment problem — instead, they have a “J.D. Advantage” problem (aka, jobs they took because they couldn’t get lawyer jobs). [Huffington Post]

    * This is yet another reason why people are considering Fordham’s Fashion Law LL.M.: “Every designer should have a minimum degree of legal literacy, if only to know when to seek a legal opinion — and to avoid being sent to sit at the kids’ table.” [New York Times]

    20 Comments / / Jun 23, 2015 at 9:00 AM