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May 03, 2005

Resources to Prepare You for Your First Days as a Lawyer, and for the Days that Follow

Hey all you recent or soon-to-be graduates: Check out Dennis Kennedy's advice for “every law student and young lawyer”, by which he means all associates and all new partners. In short, Kennedy recommends working with a career coach to help you make good career decisions from the start, and reading What Law School Doesn't Teach You: But You Really Need to Know by Kim Walton. He also recommends some online resources for new lawyers, including materials from the ABA, Findlaw, and Vault. Not surprisingly, he also recommends reading blawgs:

If you listen carefully, you will start to hear talk about the way that the lawyer bloggers are helping change the image of lawyers for the better with their helpfulness and generosity. Although there are many examples, I want to single out three blogs that often have useful advice, tips and discussion for young lawyers: Evan Schaeffer's Notes from the (Legal) Underground, Scheherezade Fowler's Stay of Execution, and Arnie Herz's Legal Sanity.

I'm sure he just decided not to mention his own blawg because he assumed everyone was reading it regularly already.

[link via Notes from the (Legal) Underground]

Posted by mowabb at May 3, 2005 12:04 PM

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thanks so much for posting this information. i read mr. kennedy's article and it led me to a lot of other great resources that i probably wouldn't have found otherwise. it was also great timing as i am on the cusp of entering the legal practice and need all the advice i can get :)

Posted by: anonymous at May 3, 2005 03:50 PM

i also forgot to mention that i read Ms. Walton's book "What Law School Doesn't Teach You" and for anyone who's wondering, it is very informative; especially for someone like me who didn't have many people to turn to for honest and straightforward information.

Posted by: anonymous at May 3, 2005 03:53 PM

I ordered the book the other day, as per the suggestion from the blaeg wisdom website. I'll report on it after I read it. (From the perspective of a pre-law student, of course.) Check out my blog.

Posted by: Nick at May 26, 2005 01:14 PM