No Experience Offered

The Northwest 3L Columns, law school, Lawyer 1 Comment

As legal employers increasingly fault law schools for failing to prepare their students for the actual practice of law, law schools have responded with an increasing array of student requirements that appear relevant without actually requiring the law school to provide any of that pesky practical experience that most professors don’t actually have.  For example, when law firms complain that …

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Job Searching . . . On Craigslist

Han Bitter Solo Columns, Lawyer 1 Comment

When you are job searching there is a “no stone unturned” mentality in finding a hopeful employer to send your “based on a true story” résumé and completely bullshit cover letter. One location that I never thought would work but actually has had some results is Craigslist. Yes the same website where you can buy used Ikea furniture can also …

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I Need a Legal Writing Sample for a Law Firm Job

Ex-Bitter Advice from an Ex-Bitter, Lawyer 4 Comments

Q) This is probably a first-year level question, but I was looking for advice on how to select proper legal writing samples to use when applying for jobs. I am four years out of law school and have accumulated a decent collection of memorandum and demand letters over the years at my current firm and was wondering what kind of documents …

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Bitter Brief 12: One Last Freakout Before the Bar Exam

Bitter Brief Columns, Lawyer 10 Comments

[powerpress] In this installment of the Bitter Brief, we send off this summer’s bar examinees with one last bar exam freakout, things get real with our discussion of a rather depressing job offer, it’s time for bloggers—and, apparently, anonymous commenters—to beware, and one law firm’s unusual want ad lands a Chicago lawyer in deep poo-poo. Subscribe to the Bitter Brief on iTunes!

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