Monthly Archives: September 2013

Networking my way through Law School – Part 3 (of 3)

A Conversation with Marc Luber, creator of JD Careers Out There

As the 3rd , and final, part of the Networking my way through law school series I wanted to talk with an industry professional about networking in the legal world.  I was fortunate enough to make contact with Marc Luber, creator of JD Careers Out There.  Marc sat down with me and we talked about many things including the value and technique of successfully networking.  I left that conversation with some very keen insights into the concept of making connections that help build a career.
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Memphis Law Enrollment Holds Steady

TBA Today reported this today: As law school enrollment continues to decline nationally, the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law enrollment is holding steady with 112 first-year students, the same number as last fall, the Memphis Daily News reports. Prior to 2008 and its economic slump, however, that number might have been as high as 150 students. “I think we did a little better enrollment than most did,” said Peter Letsou, dean of the law school, “but it’s very much a national tidal wave that’s hitting all of us.”

Is this true of the other Tennessee law schools?

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Always Time for a Cup of Coffee

To continue a theme I began in my first post, 3L for me is far from the relaxing, restful year that it is rumored to be. I’d like to give a brief overview of the activities I have involved myself in to serve as a starting point for future posts.

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“Hmmm, I wonder…”

The purpose of any class in law school is to teach you to think like a lawyer. I’m not sure any of us, including our instructors, can really explain what “thinking like a lawyer” means but I’ve heard it a lot in the last four years. Even if we cannot agree on a universal meaning, I think all of us would agree that being in law school makes you think. We think about case law, statutory law, Supreme Court decisions, taxes, partnerships, trust accounts, and a host of other subjects. And sometimes we hear something and just go, “Hmmm, I wonder…” Continue reading

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Median Pay Up for First-Year BigLaw

Median pay for first-year associates at firms with more than 700 lawyers has rebounded to $160,000 after dipping to $145,000 last year, the ABA Journal reports. According to a press release by the National Association for Law Placement, the median starting pay was $78,000 in firms of 2 to 25 lawyers, $110,000 in firms of 26 to 50 lawyers and 101 to 250 lawyers, $100,000 in firms of 51 to 100 lawyers, $160,000 in firms of 251 to 500 lawyers, and $125,000 in firms of 501 to 700 lawyers. [Thanks, TBA Today!]

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Debt negatively affects empathy. Empathy makes superior lawyers. A personal story.

Research and common sense tell us that a debt–ridden lawyer is more stressed, will make more mistakes, and is more limited in job choices than a debt-free graduate. But more importantly, debt negatively affect empathy, a key component of the attorney-client relationship. Empathy is the experience of understanding another person’s issue from their perspective. You place yourself in their shoes and feel what they are feeling. Without empathy, a lawyer is lost, and if you have any doubt, take a look at the article below. Empathy takes time but the effort can distinguish a winner from a loser.

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Leading From Behind

My three year old son, Ace,  loves to help out with his little sister, Clarke. To the detriment of my toes, he especially loves to help push Clarke in her stroller.  He stands behind her stroller, which is twice as tall as he is, and uses all of his strength to push her forward. Although he’s not directly in front of her, he is pushing and leading her in the right direction.

Typically when people think of a leader they think of the one in front of the crowd, but I’ve found that the most effective leaders are those that lead from behind. The people that have had the greatest influence in my life have been those that have stood behind me and pushed me in the right direction. They unselfishly used their strength to push my weight when I felt like I couldn’t go any further. Each push led has led me to where I am now. Continue reading

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by | September 18, 2013 · 10:26 pm

A Conversation with Tony Iliakostas of Law and Batting Order

I recently had a conversation with fellow 3L Tony Iliakostas in our conversation we talked about life in law school, the value of networking and setting yourself apart, as well as the state of the current legal job market. 

Tony is a 3L at New York Law School where he studies Sports Law and Intellectual Property.  Tony is the creator of the very successful video blog Law and Batting Order.  Through Law and Batting Order Tony has received an enormous amount of positive attention from both the sports and legal communities.  Tony agreed to let me ask him a few questions about how he achieved success while still in law school. 
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Job Prospects

Great story about Belmont Law’s inaugural class. It sounds like there IS hope for employment!

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by | September 18, 2013 · 10:00 am

I get by with a little help from my friends.

When I found out I had gotten into law school, I remember telling my favorite ER doctor the news.  The first thing he said, “You are becoming part of a fraternity that few are a part of.  The only people who will ever get it, are the people who are in it with you.”  Truer words were never spoken.  Although there are people in my life who have certainly been there and suffered along with me, only those in law school get law school.  The friendships I have made are some that will endure forever.  I think most people who go through this experience can say the same.  The only way to stay sane (or at least partially sane)  is with a little help from my friends. Continue reading

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