The battle between skirt suit and pant suit is fierce, one that pits traditional values against comfort. Here is my personal list of pros and cons.
We all need to exercise, according to Dr. Oz and other doctors. Your sport of choice can send a message about who you are to the higher ups. What is that message? Listen carefully to your boss’s response:
Every motion you write as a young attorney first begins as a motion written in another case by an attorney you will never meet. If you don’t make your changes, the motion could end up making no sense.
Being a lawyer means working insane hours in an office, to keep up with billable hours or the workload or the opposition. What good are all those hours if you aren’t getting credit for them? Yes, you are getting paid, but you also deserve acknowledgement from co-workers. Here’s a few ways to get those kudos with passive-aggressive flair!
- Before you ever go to trial, you are super nervous about what it will be like, watch Law & Order, A Few Good Men, and Anatomy of a Murder to try to learn how to do it better.
- You hide the fact that you have never done your own trial. You assume you will mess something up and everyone there will be able to tell you are a rooky. Keep Reading ⇒
Are you a public interest lawyer? Do you know any? If yes to either question, then there should be plenty that is familiar to you in this list.
- Not being a real lawyer. Oh, dude, I am most definitely real. I have the documentation if you need it.
- Not calling a client back. I did, it’s just that your phone was disconnected/I didn’t want to leave a voicemail on your cousin’s home phone/you haven’t set up your mailbox/your mailbox is full/you called twenty times between midnight and 4AM and I wasn’t in the office. Keep Reading ⇒
My Dearest Maribel,
The nights in this office are lonely without you. I sit in this tight, wooden, box, shoved up against other jackets just like me. Jackets who are lonely, scared, missing their pants partners just like I am. Some guys get to talking—about where they’re from, what they are going to do once they get out of here. I never was one for talking. I just stare at your photo and the note you left in my pocket. That note that says this is a two-piece item that cannot be sold separately lets me know we were meant to be together. We were sold together but stored separately. It keeps me up nights.
1. I should really get a fern. Nah, I’d just kill it.
2. One day, I’m going to put Band-Aids in this drawer.
3. Do these casebooks make me look like a law student instead of a lawyer? Should I organize them by color? What do real lawyers have on their bookshelves?
Holiday season has arrived, which means returning to your family as the only law student/lawyer/assumed legal authority and the legal questions that will inevitably befall you. The key is to say something without violating the code of ethics by giving legal advice despite being a law student/in another state/wrong. Furthermore, one must direct the conversation away from the legal topic (this is your day off!) in a way that is artful and seamless.
“No two days are alike, except the first and fifteenth pretty much.” Jay-Z never had to record billable hours at a law firm, but he gets it. Office life may become boring, standard, predictable, which is why the best two weeks at any job are the first and the last.
When I played office as a child, I was always a secretary. I am surprised that my feminist parents allowed me to engage in a fantasy where I was an assistant to a professional, but I suppose they were more interested in cultivating freedom and independence than telling me I should think about moving up the corporate ladder when I was four years old. I had an actual administrative job before law school, and there is still a part of me that loves that kind of work. This pile of folders needs to be alphabetized in that drawer? I’m on it. This binder needs tabs that are color coded by topic? Please, let me. Keep Reading ⇒