Be a Better Lawyer

A Short Guide to a Long Career

Author: Eleanor Southers

Publisher: Amer Bar Assn

ISBN: 9781627226028

Category: Law

Page: 164

View: 5423

This book will help you assess your legal career and pinpoint what you might want to change. It will then assist you in determining how to make those changes. You will not be able to foresee exactly what life will throw your way, but this book will provide you with the tools and methods to increase your knowledge of the current state of law and how it can impact your career.
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How Brain Science Can Make You a Better Lawyer

Author: David A. Sousa

Publisher: American Bar Association

ISBN: 9781604425345

Category: Law

Page: 126

View: 4850

Recent studies of the brain offer information, strategies, and insights that can make you more successful as a lawyer and a professional. In recent years, discoveries in neuroscience and cognitive psychology have revealed more and more about how the human brain learns. On a daily basis, lawyers are involved in changing someone's brain. That may sound dramatic, but that's exactly what happens when the human brain learns and remembers information-it is changed for a long time, perhaps forever.
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Originate: Business Development for Lawyers

A Better Approach to Biglaw Success

Author: Michelle Cotter Richards

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781534812949


Page: 104

View: 9060

In this insightful, action-oriented book that goes way beyond the usual "business development tips for lawyers," Michelle Cotter Richards, a former Biglaw litigator and in-house counsel, draws on her years of experience coaching Biglaw attorneys to teach readers an entirely new approach to Biglaw business development. Originate contains powerful strategies to help Biglaw attorneys develop business right away, even in the face of the ever-changing market for Biglaw legal services. Originate analyzes the systemic evolution of Biglaw and its future direction, leading to the inescapable conclusion that an entirely new understanding of Biglaw business development is in order. Integrating concepts from experts such as Daniel Pink, Dr. Larry Richard and Susan Swaim Daicoff, lawyers who implement the practical, research-driven concepts in Originate will be poised for success no matter what the future holds for Biglaw. A must read for Biglaw rainmakers and future rainmakers everywhere.
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Building a Better Law Practice

Become a Better Lawyer in Five Minutes a Day

Author: Jeremy W. Richter

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781641051781

Category: Law offices

Page: 159

View: 5736

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The Creative Lawyer

A Practical Guide to Authentic Professional Satisfaction

Author: Michael F. Melcher

Publisher: American Bar Association

ISBN: 9781590318430

Category: Law

Page: 181

View: 2998

A high level of pay doesn't necessarily mean a high level of satisfaction. Written in a fun and inspirational way, this book will help lawyers find a way to happiness in their career and life. Starting with self examination, readers will be able to analyze their personal values and then create their own personal fulfillment plan. Create a step-by-step plan for life and career that will get you back on track with your personal definition of happiness with this important book.
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Solo by Choice

How to be the Lawyer You Always Wanted to be

Author: Carolyn Elefant

Publisher: Decisionbooks

ISBN: 9780940675629

Category: Law

Page: 305

View: 8618

A guide to opening and maintaining a solo or small firm law practice.
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The Young Lawyer's Jungle Book

A Survival Guide

Author: Thane Josef Messinger

Publisher: Fine Print PressLtd

ISBN: 9781888960198

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 231

View: 4599

In this survival guide for the new attorney, in-depth advice on law office life, includes how to work with senior attorneys, legal research, memos, drafting, mistakes, grammar, email, workload, timesheets, reviews, teamwork, deportment, attitude, perspective, working with clients (and dissatisfied clients), working with office staff, using office tools, and, well, not just surviving but thriving in a new career. This book is written for all law graduates, for any law office: a firmâ"large, medium, or smallâ"agency, corporation, or the military.
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Transforming Practices

Finding Joy and Satisfaction in the Legal Life

Author: Steven Keeva

Publisher: American Bar Association

ISBN: 9781604427295

Category: Law

Page: 211

View: 9724

Through a series of profiles of lawyers who have changed their work habits and attitudes, the author examines how lawyers can find deeper meaning in their work, practice more compassionately and more enjoy what they do, all by developing a greater awareness and respect for their inner lives.
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Soft Skills for the Effective Lawyer

Author: Randall Kiser

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108416446

Category: Law

Page: N.A

View: 7038

This book presents a multi-disciplinary, practice-based introduction to the major soft skills for lawyers: self-awareness, self-development, social proficiency, wisdom, leadership, and professionalism.
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Thinking Like a Lawyer

Author: Frederick Schauer

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674032705

Category: Law

Page: 239

View: 7040

This primer on legal reasoning is aimed at law students and upper-level undergraduates. But it is also an original exposition of basic legal concepts that scholars and lawyers will find stimulating. It covers such topics as rules, precedent, authority, analogical reasoning, the common law, statutory interpretation, legal realism, judicial opinions, legal facts, and burden of proof.
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The Lawyer Marketing Book

60 Real-World Lessons Plus Product Reviews, Biggest Mistakes, and Must Do's

Author: Matt Starosciak

Publisher: Proven Law Publishing

ISBN: 0999123106

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 306

View: 8538

The Lawyer Marketing Book (TLMB) is a great read for both experienced attorneys as well as those entering the practice of law. In fact, some say it’s a must read for any lawyer competing for clients in today’s legal market. There are four things that make TLMB unique. First, it’s interesting and engaging. TLMB uses real-life stories of other private practitioners to highlight the best and worst marketing decisions and strategies. Second, it’s comprehensive. At 300 pages, it covers everything from specific strategies for making the phone ring, to training intake personnel and negotiating with vendors, to measuring ROI. Third, it’s written by a true pro in the industry. Matt Starosciak has nearly two decades of experience on all sides of the law firm marketing process, including work as a lawyer, marketing product sales rep, and consultant to some of the nation’s top law firms. Finally, TLMB provides takeaways on every page that can be implemented by attorneys today to improve their success in the practice of law.
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Death of a Law Firm

Staying Strong in the Global Legal Market

Author: Jaap Bosman,Lisa Hakanson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781634258494

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 200

View: 6730

Death of a Law Firm argues that now, for the first time in history, law firms are at an existential crossroads. Taking the wrong direction might very well lead to collapse. Provocative and insightful, this book is a must-read not only for partners wishing to steer their firm clear of the abyss, but also for anyone working in the business of law--including associates and staff--or even for law students aspiring to a legal career.
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The Lawyer Bubble

A Profession in Crisis

Author: Steven Harper,J Harper

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 0465097634

Category: Law

Page: 320

View: 5131

A noble profession is facing its defining moment. From law schools to the prestigious firms that represent the pinnacle of a legal career, a crisis is unfolding. News headlines tell part of the story—the growing oversupply of new lawyers, widespread career dissatisfaction, and spectacular implosions of pre-eminent law firms. Yet eager hordes of bright young people continue to step over each other as they seek jobs with high rates of depression, life-consuming hours, and little assurance of financial stability. The Great Recession has only worsened these trends, but correction is possible and, now, imperative. In The Lawyer Bubble, Steven J. Harper reveals how a culture of short-term thinking has blinded some of the nation’s finest minds to the long-run implications of their actions. Law school deans have ceded independent judgment to flawed U.S. News & World Report rankings criteria in the quest to maximize immediate results. Senior partners in the nation’s large law firms have focused on current profits to enhance American Lawyer rankings and individual wealth at great cost to their institutions. Yet, wiser decisions—being honest about the legal job market, revisiting the financial incentives currently driving bad behavior, eliminating the billable hour model, and more—can take the profession to a better place. A devastating indictment of the greed, shortsightedness, and dishonesty that now permeate the legal profession, this insider account is essential reading for anyone who wants to know how things went so wrong and how the profession can right itself once again.
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Rogue Lawyer

Author: John Grisham

Publisher: Dell

ISBN: 0553393480

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

View: 1678

A nomadic lawyer because of frequent death threats, Sebastian Rudd takes on a case involving a brain-damaged young man accused of murdering two little girls.
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So You Want to be a Lawyer

The Ultimate Guide to Getting into and Succeeding in Law School

Author: Lisa Fairchild Jones, Esq.,Timothy B. Francis, Esq.,Walter C. Jones, Esq.

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.

ISBN: 151072639X

Category: Law

Page: 352

View: 6573

Completely revised and updated, So You Want to Be a Lawyer takes you through the process of becoming a lawyer, examining each phase in a helpful and easy-to-understand narrative. Find out what practicing law is like before you step into your first law school class. Practice solving legal problems as law students would in law school and lawyers might in an actual courtroom. Find out how to get into law school. And there’s much more: •Advice on how to select a law school, along with names and addresses of American Bar Association (ABA)-approved law schools •An explanation of the law school admissions process, and ways to improve your chances for getting in •Practical exercises and advice that will give you a head start over other first-year law students •Information about career opportunities as a lawyer Written by three experienced lawyers, this book will help you understand the types of problems facing law students and lawyers on a daily basis. Not only will it prepare you for law school, but it will also become your trusted guide on the path to becoming a successful lawyer.
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Leadership for Lawyers

Author: Herb Rubenstein

Publisher: American Bar Association

ISBN: 9781590318447

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 215

View: 6163

Leadership is essential for anyone who wants to steer their firms and organizations to new heights. This book is first in its field to help those in the legal profession become more effective leaders. Readers will discover the various brands of leaders, and the strengths and weaknesses of each. Herb Rubinstein has taught leadership at five universities and is the founder and president of Growth Strategies, Inc., a strategy, management, leadership, and innovation consulting firm in Bethesda, Maryland.
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24 Hours with 24 Lawyers

Profiles of Traditional and Non-traditional Careers

Author: Jasper Kim

Publisher: Aspatore Books

ISBN: 9780314276315

Category: Law

Page: 371

View: 2777

Are you thinking of attending law school or switching legal careers? About to graduate and wondering which path to take? Are you curious about what lawyers in different fields do in a typical day? Then spend twenty-four hours with twenty-four lawyers through this innovative book, 24 Hours with 24 Lawyers. Whether you want to be a full-time corporate lawyer, work as a legal consultant while pursuing your music career, or anything in between, this book gives you a unique ôall-access passö into the real-world, real-time personal and professional lives of twenty-four law school graduates. These working professionals each present you with a ôProfileö chronicling a typical twenty-four-hour day in their traditional and non-traditional careers. You will read actual twenty-four-hour accounts from the perspective of a venture capitalist, Wall Street lawyer, lobbyist, entertainment lawyer, IP attorney, sports broadcaster, JAG officer, prosecutor, criminal defense lawyer, mediator, and politician, just to name a few. From the time they wake up in the morning to the time they go to bed, each professional illustrates what their position entails on a day-to-day basis and will give you invaluable, informative, and honest insight above and beyond what many brochures, guest lectures, career workshops, or law firm website descriptions can provide. After reading 24 Hours with 24 Lawyers, you'll be better prepared to determine which career Profile may suit you best before accepting a new job or investing in a legal education. Book jacket.
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Storytelling for Lawyers

Author: Philip Meyer

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199910618

Category: Law

Page: 256

View: 5475

Good lawyers have an ability to tell stories. Whether they are arguing a murder case or a complex financial securities case, they can capably explain a chain of events to judges and juries so that they understand them. The best lawyers are also able to construct narratives that have an emotional impact on their intended audiences. But what is a narrative, and how can lawyers go about constructing one? How does one transform a cold presentation of facts into a seamless story that clearly and compellingly takes readers not only from point A to point B, but to points C, D, E, F, and G as well? In Storytelling for Lawyers, Phil Meyer explains how. He begins with a pragmatic theory of the narrative foundations of litigation practice and then applies it to a range of practical illustrative examples: briefs, judicial opinions and oral arguments. Intended for legal practitioners, teachers, law students, and even interdisciplinary academics, the book offers a basic yet comprehensive explanation of the central role of narrative in litigation. The book also offers a narrative tool kit that supplements the analytical skills traditionally emphasized in law school as well as practical tips for practicing attorneys that will help them craft their own legal stories.
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The Good Lawyer

Seeking Quality in the Practice of Law

Author: Douglas O. Linder,Nancy Levit

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199360251

Category: Law

Page: 288

View: 2831

Every lawyer wants to be a good lawyer. They want to do right by their clients, contribute to the professional community, become good colleagues, interact effectively with people of all persuasions, and choose the right cases. All of these skills and behaviors are important, but they spring from hard-to-identify foundational qualities necessary for good lawyering. After focusing for three years on getting high grades and sharpening analytical skills, far too many lawyers leave law school without a real sense of what it takes to be a good lawyer. In The Good Lawyer, Douglas O. Linder and Nancy Levit combine evidence from the latest social science research with numerous engaging accounts of top-notch attorneys at work to explain just what makes a good lawyer. They outline and analyze several crucial qualities: courage, empathy, integrity, diligence, realism, a strong sense of justice, clarity of purpose, and an ability to transcend emotionalism. Many qualities require apportionment in the right measure, and achieving the right balance is difficult. Lawyers need to know when to empathize and also when to detach; courage without an appreciation of consequences becomes recklessness; working too hard leads to exhaustion and mistakes. And what do you do in tricky situations, where the urge to deceive is high? How can you maintain focus through a mind-taxing (or mind-numbing) project? Every lawyer faces these problems at some point, but if properly recognized and approached, they can be overcome. It's not easy being good, but this engaging guide will serve as a handbook for any lawyer trying not only to figure out how to become a better--and, almost always, more fulfilled--lawyer.
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Law As Engineering

Thinking about What Lawyers Do

Author: David Howarth

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing

ISBN: 0857933787

Category: Law

Page: 256

View: 6626

'David Howarth's Law as Engineering is a profound contribution to the law. Evoking the level of originality associated with pioneering contributions to law and economics half a century ago, Howarth's book aligns law, not on economics, but on engineering styles of thought and problem solving. His analysis sheds deep light on a 21st century world where the work of transactional and legislative lawyers, who design and build social structures and devices much as engineers do physical ones, is becoming ever more important and complex, with far-reaching implications for both legal ethics and legal education.' – Scott Boorman, Yale university, US 'This is a brilliant, highly original analysis of what lawyers actually do and what they ought to do in order to protect their clients and the public. It will rescue lawyers from the kinds of behaviour that contributed to the financial crash. It also points legal education and research in important new directions.' – Sir Bob Hepple, Professor, QC FBA 'This book brings an important new perspective to a consideration of what lawyers do, and of what they are for. The implications explored in the book are an immensely valuable contribution to thinking on the future development of legal education and training. It should be read by everyone responsible for recruiting or training others for the law, whether in the public or the private sector.' – Sir Stephen Laws KCB, QC(Hon), LLD(Hon), First Parliamentary Counsel Law as Engineering proposes a radically new way of thinking about law, as a profession and discipline concerned with design rather than with litigation, and having much in common with engineering in the way it produces devices useful for its clients. It uses that comparison to propose ways of improving legal design, to advocate a transformation of legal ethics so that the profession learns from its role in the crash of 2008, and to reform legal education and research. Offering a totally new perspective, this book will be a fascinating read for law students and prospective law students, legal academics across all sub-fields, lawyers in government, especially those engaged in drafting legislation, and policymakers.
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