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Law Career Advice Roundup: Seeking Feedback, Finding Your Career, & #barexamproblems

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JD Careers Out There is five months old today! As JDCOT host Marc Luber said in this week’s newsletter (click on image on right to sign up), we are five months into our job of providing you the best law career advice, and we’re ready for our review. So we’re following JDCOT guest Larry Smith’s advice and seeking out feedback. Let us know what we’re doing well and where we can improve in the comments section or by contacting Marc.

Are you new on the job, too? Workplace communications, including the ability to seek out feedback, is one of the most crucial skills you’ll need to learn. In this blog post on Minnesota Lawyer’s JD Rising blog, Sybil Dunlop explains how she didn’t use the bathroom on the first day of kindergarten because she didn’t want to ask where it was. It’s important to ask questions, she advises.

If you’re still deciding whether to go to law school or if people ask you whether they should go, Dunlop also wrote a great post about the law school debates last December. (I just discovered the JD Rising blog and love it!)

If you are considering law as a career, make sure you do your research. Bitter Lawyer has a post this week called, “5 Reasons Why Being a Lawyer is Really Not as Cool as I Thought.” Some of these misconceptions could have been prevented by watching a few video interviews with real life lawyers. Too bad JDCOT is only 5 months old!

No matter where you are in your career – considering law school, new on the job, or seasoned professional – these notes from Daniel Pink’s career guidance book are a must read: What 6 steps should be guiding your career? Warning: When he says, “6 steps,” the steps aren’t like directions for how to bake a cake. Finding your career is more complicated than that. It’s more like 6 big ideas.

Here are five more big ideas — and for a nice change, they’re positive: ediscovery, social media, alternative legal models, telecommuting, and quality of life.

Because we know that you need it, here’s a lift for all of you who are studying for the bar exam. Take the pressure off yourself, says one test-taker who failed his first time around.

Now that we’re 5 months old, we want your feedback. Tell us how we’re doing in the comments section below.

JD Careers Out There web producer Megan SweasMegan Sweas is a web producer with JD Careers Out There. During a graduate journalism program at University of Southern California, she took a law class for fun. While many of her fellow journalists have made the transition to law, she’ll stick to writing about law careers.

 

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