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.

Glossary of American Constitutional Law

abstention: A doctrine that holds that federal courts should not decide issues involving the interpretation of state law until the state's highest court has issued a decision on the question.    

acquittal: A finding that a criminal defendant is not guilty.    

admiralty: A law or court that pertains to the law of the sea and maritime concerns.    

advisory opinion: An opinion by a court issued in a hypothetical or nonadversarial context, or in the absence of a concrete case or controversy.