Even if you are not familiar with the term, you have probably encountered more than one example of the gig economy today. Whether you are hopping in a rideshare to get to class, ordering food or groceries for delivery, or finding someone to edit your ex out of your photos (yes, that is really a service someone provides!), technology has enabled a rapid expansion in task-based, freelance or “gig” work. Many people work more than one gig economy job to make ends meet, and lawyers are no exception. [Read more…] about Freelance Lawyering in the Gig Economy
Are you a military spouse considering law school? In some ways, it’s a natural fit. You likely already have useful skills that could apply to your career as a lawyer: you’ve organized six PCS moves, negotiated reimbursements with TriCare, or successfully advocated for your EFMP child’s education. You’re also pretty familiar with speaking almost entirely in acronyms and military jargon, so what’s one more “language” to learn? But is it a good idea? The answer is, as always: it depends! [Read more…] about Tips for Military Spouses in Law School
As the analog world quickly fades into the history books, it is probably time to rethink the concept of the “study group.” (We have talked before about how to decide if you should join a study group, why you should be careful about relying on study groups, and common myths about study groups.) Today, there are so many digital tools available to enhance the traditional study group, that it might be a good idea to take it one step further, and create a wholly virtual study group.
Are you a veteran considering law school? Maybe you are currently active duty military, but thinking about taking the leap to law? This post is for you! Law school as a veteran or active duty service member has its own unique challenges, but your service and experience can be an amazing asset in launching a legal career.
Maybe you entered law school (or Kindergarten) already knowing you wanted to be a big-firm litigator, clerk for a judge, or join the ranks of a public defender office. If that isn’t the case, and you’re still considering your post-graduation options, don’t forget to think about non-traditional career paths!
One such option is becoming an in-house attorney. In-house attorneys work directly for a corporation, representing it on some or all of its legal matters. In the past, attorneys usually worked for several years at a law firm before transitioning to in-house roles, often with a client of their firm. Today, it is becoming more common for lawyers to snag in-house roles straight out of or soon after graduating from law school.
Judicial clerkships are often described as a feather in the cap for any young lawyer. Read the bio of many successful lawyers, and you will find a prominent mention of their time as a law clerk. But what does a law clerk actually DO every day? Is it something you would enjoy, or just another box to check? [Read more…] about What is it Really Like to be a Judicial Clerk?