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Is Practical Legal Training a Total Waste of Time?

Practical legal training can be tedious, obviously. But is the pain and suffering really worth it, or is it just a compulsory waste of...

Being a Lawyer is a Lonely Job

Being a lawyer can feel isolated and lonely. But it need not be so - reach out! It seems contradictory, doesn't it? On the one...

Which Clients would you Serve for Free?

Of course, the idea is preposterous. How could you possibly serve clients for free and expect to make a living? But in reality, if you're going...

The Joy of Looking Stupid

Lawyers don't mind hard work. We love to hit the books, do some research (sometimes), write letters, debate issues, and answer questions. But you know...

Reality versus Perception (or, are you as useless as you feel?)

We all get that sinking feeling in the pit of our stomachs sometimes.  You know, the one where you've been asked to do something,...

Why Lawyers should Audit Their Life

So I've talked about drift recently, and for the moment I'm going to leave that where it is. Today I'm going to address one of the...

Are you Drifting in your Legal Career?

https://youtu.be/VSAUXlvq20o Tell me if this story sounds familiar. You go to law school, you know exactly what you have to do: you want to become...

7 Things Lawyers Do that are Totally Immoral

I'm sure there are members of community the who think that everything lawyers do is immoral. I don't agree. However, I do think that over time...

Are you Terrified to Participate?

Seth Godin talks a lot about fear, and our response to it in our lives. In one keynote presentation he gave, he said something like...

“We’ve Always Done it That Way”

Lawyers are trained to look to the past. We consider precedents as the fundamental basis for our legal decisions - facts, matters and circumstances on...

The 10 Most Dangerous Types of Lawyer

Lawyers as a group can have many redeeming features - we can be generous, friendly, helpful, and talented. But not all of us.  And not...

When should you Leave your Firm?

Plenty of young lawyers are looking to move on.  It can be for a variety of reasons, some better than others. What can become difficult...

Your Future – Old, Cynical and Devoid of Passion?

How often do you think about how your day to day behaviour is going to impact your future attitude towards your legal career? If you're like...

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Should you Just Phone Your Opponent?

Ah yes, the great joy of the litigator: writing unbelievably long-winded letters back and forth for months to set out why your client is...

Or… We Could Just Fire You Instead

Recently I took a bit of a shot at law firms trying to pretend that their COVID-related pay cuts came with associated reduced working...

40% Pay Cut, 140% Full Time Load

It's been fascinating watching law firms react (in advance) to what they believed was going to be the horror story of COVID-19.

How to Make the Most of Your CLE

Attending any kind of continuing legal education can feel like it was largely a waste of time - even if it came with a...

Legal Careers Are Awesome

Recently I mentioned what I thought was a fairly self-evident concept: being a lawyer is actually pretty challenging. If...
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