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Transitioning to an In-House Legal Position: Quick Tips for Alumni Job Seekers

By Marilyn Tucker

 Are you thinking about the possibility of going in‐house? Consider the following before moving forward!

1. Start by talking with in‐house lawyers to learn more about their role. Reach out to alumni from your school who are currently working in, or have worked in, an in‐house capacity. Ask about what their day‐to‐day life is like. While talking with these lawyers, simultaneously consider whether working in an in‐house milieu is of real interest to you. Can you envision yourself enjoying such a role?

Helping Alumni Navigate the Law Teaching Market

by Marta Ricardo and Jeanine Dames

For alumni who express interest in becoming a law professor, the process of navigating the law teaching market can be daunting. As with any position, candidates should first understand the nature of the position and then map a job search strategy. The work of a law professor combines research, writing, and teaching. In fact, the primary focus of most professorships is scholarship. Therefore, law teaching may not be right for everyone, particularly in the case of graduates who do not enjoy intense research and writing.

From Mouse Click to Handshake: Tips for Alumni on Effectively Using LinkedIn in the Job Search

by Ginna Galbraith and Stephanie M. Deckter

Most of us have been in discussions where alumni have asked us why and how they should use LinkedIn in their job searches. For many alumni, LinkedIn represents an uncomfortable plunge into the social media world which they find novel, challenging, and sometimes downright scary. Others may simply lack information about the site’s purpose, value, or function and therefore not take that first step. No matter the issues, the following information is designed to help you, the advisor, in discussing effective LinkedIn usage with alumni.

Alumni Counseling: Mental Health Resources for Lawyers

by Jeanine Dames

In May 2011, Psychology Today published an article entitled “The Depressed Lawyer.”1 The article presents some staggering numbers on the mental state of lawyers in the United States, including a discussion about the nature of the practice of law and why it tends to lead to a higher percentage of depressed individuals than many other industries.

Risky Business

When it comes to managing errors, law firms could learn some lessons from airlines and hospitals. Lawyers who consistently work for more than ten hours per day without respite should be cause for concern, not celebration.