Category: A Day in the Life
By SARAH FEINGOLD – Sarah is a jewelry-making out-of-the-box artistic extrovert, and the in-house counsel for Etsy.com. She shares her insights on working in-house for a start-up company and advises law students on how to go about getting getting a legal job that they love.
By DORIAN HECTOR – School is expensive, and law school in particular. Unless you have your heart set on BigLaw or the Supreme Court, you should consider this like any other investment: buy low, sell high. Go with a school you can afford, and get as much out of it as you can. You will get a lot of advice about getting through law school, and much of it is entirely unhelpful (It’s not too late-you can still get a job as a plumber, go to the highest ranked school, etc.). I’m going to add to the deluge with some advice that I’ve synthesized from a dozen different sources
By JOSHUA SOHN – As a sixth-year BigLaw associate, I deposed one of the most famous computer scientists in the world, wrote briefs that garnered commentary from major technology blogs, and flew to London to advise a client on strategy for a billion-dollar lawsuit. On the other hand, I also reviewed privilege stamps on thousands of client documents, pored over hundreds of Kinko’s receipts to create an accurate Bill of Costs, and cite-checked partners’ briefs to ensure that their cites were in proper Bluebook format. Indeed, the life of a BigLaw associate is varied and checkered enough that it’s difficult to describe a “typical” day. Nonetheless, I will try to do so. Individual results, as they say, may vary
By ROBERT SANDOW ESQ – I have a one-man family law practice in Live Oak, about an hour northwest of Gainesville. I opened my own office in 1988. Every lawyer working for someone else eventually gets the itch to be a partner or open his own firm and I was no exception. I would have made the move sooner but I was plagued by a lack of money and confidence. In 1988, my last year as an associate, I made $55,000. In 1989, the first full year on my own, I made three times that amount, and never looked back
By PHILIP GUZMAN, ESQ – Try as I might to have what passes as a “normal” and “regulated” day, it simply rarely happens. No two days are the same and that is exactly what I like about the job. The central most important thing that we do in our Career Services Office is to meet directly with our students and map out career strategies and goals, both short and long term. Short term goals start with asking the most basic question of the student — “Why law school?”