Many associate attorneys struggle to find a work-life balance. Although it can be difficult to achieve that balance in the legal field, especially at a law firm, it is not impossible. Below, an attorney shares 6 tips for achieving associate attorney work-life balance!
How to prepare if your summer associate program might be canceled
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, there may be some uncertainty about whether your summer associate program might be canceled. This is due to news of summer classes being canceled, shortened, delayed, postponed, and going virtual.
If your summer plans are working at a firm, this post will give you some tips on how to prepare in case your summer associate program is canceled.
How will the coronavirus affect summer associate positions and clerkships?
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, many law firms and courts are closing their doors at the moment. This leaves students who have accepted a summer associate position or clerkship uncertain about their summer plans.
You may be wondering what exactly a judicial clerkship is and whether it would be a good position for you. In this post, we explain what a judicial clerkship is and the pros and cons of taking such a position!
We talk about how to make a Plan B if you fail the bar exam here. However, you should also come up with a “Plan A” for if you pass the bar exam! It sounds silly, but some examinees are just as anxious about passing the bar exam as they are about failing it. Passing the bar means you are eligible to become a “real” attorney and not a student. Some examinees find themselves stressed out by this prospect — either they don’t have a job lined up or they are anxious about starting their job!
I am an attorney taking the UBE. How do I make sure I pass?
We receive many emails from attorneys who decide to take the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE). If you are an attorney taking the UBE, you probably want to do whatever you can to pass it the first time you take it. This may be because:
you don’t want to spend more time studying for a bar exam than you have to!
your boss or firm expects you to pass it the first time
you want to be licensed as soon as possible so you can be an asset to your team
The Best Uniform Bar Exam Course for Attorneys:It has become more popular for already licensed attorneys to take the Uniform Bar Exam. This relatively new bar exam has been spreading like wildfire and opens the door to an attorney becoming licensed in 28 jurisdictions! If you are an attorney, you probably work a lot, have enough stress in your life, and have no wish to relive the days where you attended hours of bar exam lectures while filling in lecture handouts. Yet, you also probably don’t remember a lot of the nuanced laws that you learned for the bar exam and you probably need a full-service course.
Whether you are an experienced attorney or still in your first year of law school, having a legal resume on hand and up-to-date at all times is a smart career move. Your resume might be the first item an employer sees. So, it is important not to appear unprofessional and immediately be out of consideration for the job.
Obtaining a judicial clerkship can be a valuable experience to include on a legal resume. Judicial clerkships typically teach research and writing skills, usually at appellate-level courts, and provide exposure to the courtroom, usually at the trial level. There are federal clerkships and state clerkships. Federal clerkships are considered more prestigious than state clerkships, but both provide great opportunities to develop legal research, writing, and lawyering skills.
How to Start Your Own Law Firm: Starting a law firm can be an extremely rewarding endeavor. If you have your own firm, you can set your own hours, hire people to work for you as you please, and choose your own clientele and specialty.
It can also be exhausting to start your own law firm! In the beginning, you will have to work a lot of hours. You will also have to get used to wearing multiple hats — lawyer, marketer, secretary, accountant, janitor, etc. As you gain success, you can start to hire help and delegate (which are two other skills that are difficult for some). Continue reading How to Start Your Own Law Firm→
JD Advising founder, Ashley Heidemann, is proud to have an article published in the May 2017 edition of the Michigan Bar Journal.
Ashley Heidemann’s article is titled “The Business of Practicing Law: Targeting Millenials.” The article discusses how law firms and laywers can better tailor their practices in order to reach the millenial generation. The Michigan bar journal article outlines 7 steps for lawyers and firms to take if they seek to make their businesses more “millenial friendly”.