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Why do so many people dislike lawyers?
Q: Why do so many people dislike lawyers? A: I actually just today tweeted about that. I remember when the lawyer in Jurassic Park got eaten alive, while sitting in the outhouse, and the movie audience cheered. Even though most lawyers are honorable and work hard to do good for people
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How do I get better at small talk when networking?
Q: How do I get better at small talk when networking? A: Talking about the weather is fairly tedious and talking about current events can be divisive. So, seizing on sports may be a better icebreaker. Read the sports pages, get electronic news feeds, follow tweets of sports writers na
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Have you seen any good lawyer movies lately?
Q: Have you seen any good lawyer movies lately? A: I have. Run, don’t walk to the RBG documentary on hero, icon, dissenter, and rock star Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. You’ll laugh, I cried, and wow…what a life you’ll learn about. It’s very s
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Can I interview well without bragging?
Q: Can I interview well without bragging? A: Yes. No one likes a braggart so, while interviewing requires you to advocate for yourself, it doesn’t require you to be the hero of every story you tell about your career. In fact, lawyers who claim they have no weaknesses or have nev
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Are lawyer jokes ever constructive?
Q: Are lawyer jokes ever constructive? A: Many lawyer jokes are mean-spirited attempts to discredit the profession, and those I denounce roundly. However, lawyers need a sense of humor, too, to do their best, most creative work and to enjoy each other, our work, and clients. A cartoon
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Can I cut and paste my cover letter into multiple online job applications?
Q: Can I cut and paste my cover letter into multiple online job applications? A: You can, but then make sure to go back and customize each letter at least a bit, using the information from the posting, the website, or anything else you may know about the particular employer. Rather th
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Do I always have to wear a suit to an interview?
Q: Do I always have to wear a suit to an interview? A: It’s hard to say always, but if you’re unsure, err on the side of being more dressed up than casual. If you arrive and see that all the lawyers are in khakis, jeans, or short sleeved shirts…loosen your tie and/or
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Shouldn’t I always negotiate for the highest salary?
Q: Shouldn’t I always negotiate for the highest salary? A: That sounds good but is it really? The relationship between what you get paid and the employer’s expectations in trade-off or the corollary relationship between how much money you actually need and what you would just
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Why am I hearing so much about meditation lately?
Q: Why am I hearing so much about meditation lately? A: It seems law student and lawyer impairment has reached that classic tipping point where more and more quality solutions are in order. Wellness is being paid more attention in schools and workplaces of all types, what with the unr
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Do we as lawyers have to be so serious??
Q: Do we as lawyers have to be so serious?? A: Well, of course we deal with serious situations and heavy consequences, daily, and of course we owe it to our clients and employers to be serious about our work. But being buttoned-down serious all day long has heavy consequences too for
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