Columns and Blogs

More Schools Dump LSAT Requirement + More

By Vivia Chen |

News for law students and lawyer wanna-bees.

Chinese Furniture Factory in the Guangdong Province, China

The U.S. Offensive in the China Trade War

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

When it comes to protectionism, China isn't blameless. But the United States wields its trade laws just as aggressively against Chinese companies.

Tech Review: The Best Scanner Apps for Your Cell Phone

By Alan Cohen |

Whether your priority is speed, sharpness or security, there's an app that's right for you.

Sneak Peeks

By Kim Kleman, editor-in-chief |

In this issue we feature hot practices, firm profiles and research you'll want to know about.

Four Tech Trends Every Firm Should Watch

By David L. Brown |

Should more firms be investing in tech to survive?

Firms Will Thrive as Agencies Enact U.S. Regulations

By David L. Brown |

Congress may stall, but as agencies speed to enact Obama's regulatory agenda, firms will have plenty of business.

Big Law's Top 10 Law Schools

By Vivia Chen |

Big Law's favorite 10 schools. Plus, the 10 underdog schools that outperform their ranking.

Steven Harper

Men Make Plans—God Laughs

By Steven J.Harper |

This post isn't about law schools, big law firms, or even the legal profession. Rather, it begins a new series that will end—well, I'm not sure when it will end—but I have a pretty good idea how it will end. A few days ago, I received an unfortunate diagnosis: pancreatic cancer.

Best and Worst Cities for Women and Minorities

By Vivia Chen |

Be careful where you launch your career. Location matters.

Minorities in Big Law: Few and Fewer

By Vivia Chen |

Study finds that fewer blacks and Hispanics are going to top schools.

Should Firms Ban Sex Between Partners and Associates?

By Vivia Chen |

Harvard now bans certain relationships. Should Big Law do the same?

Best and Brightest? Or Dumb and Dumber?

By Vivia Chen |

Declining law school enrollment and LSAT scores are a wake-up call for the profession.

Women with $6 Million in Business Are Closing Pay Gap

By Vivia Chen |

Are firms showing women partners more respect? Maybe.

Asia: One Firm Goes Big as Another Goes Home

By Steven J. Harper |

Fried Frank and Dentons have implemented dramatically different China strategies. Maybe they're both correct.

Does Your Boss Have Your Back?

By Vivia Chen |

Study finds that bosses who support their employees get better results.

John Attanasio

Ex-SMU Law Dean Entangled in Prostitution Scandal + More News

By Vivia Chen |

Another leading academic in sex scandal; Norton Rose's Chinese problem; names banned in France.

Applying to Top Law Schools Disserved Many in 2014

By Matt Leichter |

Law school applicants gunning for top schools wasted a lot of effort last year.

Meet the Lawyer Who's Giving Dershowitz Hell

By Vivia Chen |

Who's Paul Cassell? And why is he alleging all those awful things about the Harvard law legend?

Product Review: Yoga 3 Pro Laptop

By Alan Cohen |

In its third generation, Lenovo's shape-shifting Yoga laptop is much improved. But is it right for you?

The Dating Game

By Kim Kleman, editor in chief |

It's been a near-record year for lateral partners looking for love.

Three Mega Trends That Lawyers Should Watch

By Aric Press |

By 2030, these global developments are projected to have stunning consequences for the legal profession.

Jane Doe #3 Swears She Had Sex with Dershowitz

By Vivia Chen |

Sex abuse victim in sworn affidavit rebuts Dershowitz's claim of innocence.

2015: The Year The Law School Crisis Ended (Or Not)—Conclusion

By Steven J. Harper |

When it comes to projecting the future demand for lawyers, maybe someone should consider how clients are actually behaving now.

Clifford Chance's Problem Associate

By Vivia Chen |

A lawyer makes an incendiary video, and the Magic Circle firm gets blame for its response.

2015: The Year the Law School Crisis Ended (or Not)—Part II

By Steven J. Harper |

The federal government now says that the projected demand for lawyers will keep all new graduates employed. I guess that makes it true.

Prof. Dershowitz, Tell Me How You Really Feel

By Vivia Chen |

Harvard's legendary law professor chats with the Careerist about the recent sex allegations, his enemies and the "cesspool."

Lisan Goines (Facebook)

News and Gossip

By Vivia Chen |

Another ex-Sullivan & Cromwell lawyer romantically linked to celebrity; tossing away the Supreme Court ticket; and suing Harvard.

The Bingham Case Study: Part I

By Steven J. Harper |

A 2011 Harvard case study traced Bingham McCutchen’s evolution "to a preeminent international law firm." How quickly the world can turn.

2015: The Year the Law School Crisis Ended (or Not)—Part I

By Steven J. Harper |

A prediction for 2015: Rhetoric will obfuscate reality.

Law Schools in Bidding Wars for Students

By Vivia Chen |

Students are driving hard bargains with prospective law schools.

The Careerist: My Predictions for Big Law in 2015

By Vivia Chen |

Oh, Crystal Ball! Here are nine things I see happening to a firm near you in the coming year. Please prove me wrong.

And the Award Goes to ...

By Vivia Chen |

The Careerist names the most fascinating, sexiest, funniest firms and personalities for the year.

All for One

By Kim Kleman |

On pro bono work, firms are working together as never before. In other ways, they're very stratified.

Tech Review: Microsoft Word for the iPhone

By Alan Cohen |

Going in, we were dubious. But Microsoft's smart approach to the tracked-changes function helps make this a must-have app.

Top 10 Careerist Posts on Women

By Vivia Chen |

Most talked about posts on women for 2014.

Helen Wan (L) and Cindy Yang (R)

Asian-American Lawyers: Doing Great—and Unhappy

By Vivia Chen |

By most measures, Asian-Americans are doing better than other minorities at law firms. So why are they so disenchanted?

How to Flirt (and Not) Your Way to Success

By Vivia Chen |

Do you know the rules for flirting on the job?

Toys, Toys, Toys: Seven Great Gadget Gifts for Lawyers

By Alan Cohen |

The year's best electronic accessories for the plugged-in lawyer.

David Lat Dishes

By Vivia Chen |

David Lat talks about his novel and more!

What's the Going Rate for a Major Rainmaker?

By Vivia Chen |

Kirkland & Ellis just guaranteed $36 million to its latest partner hire.

The Bingham Case Study: Part II

By Steven J. Harper |

Bingham McCutchen is now a case study in how quickly apparent success can turn to unambiguous failure.

How to Ruin Your Brand

By Vivia Chen |

Harvard Business Review has tips on how to retain your brand when you change your last name. But this misses a bigger point.

Get It While You Can

By Vivia Chen |

What's up with all these eye-popping bonuses?

2016 Grads Shouldn't Take Comfort in New Jobs Projection Approach

By Matt Leichter |

Law schools that take advantage of a proposed change to the government's employment projections methodology will mislead applicants about their prospects.

Big Law Still Makes Too Few Women Partners

By Aric Press |

Fewer than a third of new partners at Am Law 200 firms are women. It's time for fresh approaches.

Five Big Firms Are on 100 Best Places to Work List

By Vivia Chen |

Crains just came out with 100 best places to work in New York, and a bunch of big law firms actually made the list. But not one of them is a New York-born firm.

The Careerist: Guy Talk

By Vivia Chen |

A new study finds that chatting about sports can help save your job.

Are Associates Getting Dimmer?

By Vivia Chen |

Law school news: bar passage rates hit new low; B-school instead of law school; predicting your class standing.

Jones Day Is Not Amused

By Vivia Chen |

Jones Day accuses the Careerist of lacking professionalism, integrity and more.

Across the Pond

By Kim Kleman |

Some U.S. firms have done well in the London legal market. But overall, performance is mixed.

Law and Football: Rankings Doublethink

By Steven J. Harper |

Some creators of ranking systems try to avoid responsibility for the behavior their rankings produce.

Businessmen looking up to man on highest skyscraper

The World's Best Legal Brands

By Aric Press |

These firms, with good reputations among global clients, have lessons to teach all firms.

Flexibility Trumps Mentoring

By Vivia Chen |

Forget mentoring, sponsorship and empowerment.

2014 U.S. Supreme Court Clerks at Jones Day. From left to right are Andrew Pinson, Atlanta (Justice Thomas); Michael Murray, Washington (Justice Kennedy); Julia Fong Sheketoff, Washington (Justice Breyer); Sparkle Sooknanan, Washington (Justice Sotomayor); Aaron Tang, Washington (Justice Sotomayor); Ryan Walsh, Washington (Justice Scalia). Not pictured: Caroline Edsall, Washington (clerked October Term 2012 for Chief Justice Roberts). Courtesy photo.

News and Gossip Roundup

By Vivia Chen |

Jones Day's $3 million pets; Weil partner's legal woes; 3,000-hour billable requirement.

Charleston School of Law Sol Blatt Jr. Law Library

InfiLaw and the ABA

By Steven J. Harper |

The ABA has finally weighed in on InfiLaw's proposed acquisition of the Charleston School of Law—sort of.

States' Projected Lawyer Surpluses Deteriorate for 2022

By Matt Leichter |

Analysis of states' employment projections shows higher ratios of lawyers and law graduates to jobs, but improvement is likely with fewer law students.

Female Empowerment, Southern Style

By Vivia Chen |

Forget making law review or working your butt off. There are other ways to launch your career.

Top Law Schools Now Welcoming Transfer Students

By Vivia Chen |

Didn't get into the law school of your choice? No problem.

Choosing Equal Justice

By Aric Press |

Why sponsor an Equal Justice Works fellow? To help the poor and build ties to your clients.

Bullet Dodged? Or Redirected Toward You?

By Steven J. Harper |

Thomas Jefferson School of Law survived its financial crisis. That's unfortunate.

For Lawyers of Color, Good and Bad News

By Vivia Chen |

Hispanics and Asians pull ahead, blacks still behind.

What's Up With These Ebola Practice Groups?

By Vivia Chen |

Reed Smith just launched its global Ebola group. Should your firm do so too?

Are Law School Applications on the Rise?

By Vivia Chen |

News roundup: Law schools, bonus season and bad TV.

Product Review: Should You Buy the iPhone 6 Plus?

By Alan Cohen |

Apple's latest smartphone makes great use of its larger size—but the bigger footprint still could be a deal breaker.

What's Next for Big Law?

By By Kim Kleman, Editor-in-Chief |

As firms decide where they're headed, there's value in knowing where they've been and where they are now.

Cities Where Partners Are Content (and Not)

By Vivia Chen |

Is Philadelphia the new Houston?

Low-Ranked Law Schools Where Grads Make Big Bucks

By Vivia Chen |

You don't have to go to Harvard Law to make money like a Harvard grad.

The Must-Have Perk

By Vivia Chen |

Is your job covering you for egg freezing?

Legal News and Gossip Roundup

By Vivia Chen |

Some juicy, quirky news items you might have missed.

Elon's 'Groundbreaking New Model'

By Steven J. Harper |

In a battle between reforming legal education and preserving the currently prevailing law school business model, guess which side wins?

The Careerist: Kings of the Jungle

By Vivia Chen |

Do you fit the profile of a leader?

The Careerist: In Men (and Karma) We Trust

By Vivia Chen |

Don't worry, just work hard, advises Microsoft's CEO to women.

A Myth That Motivates Mergers

By Steven J. Harper |

Bigger is better, except when it's worse.

The Careerist: Should Firms Use Personality Tests?

By Vivia Chen |

Big Law is way behind the curve in how it screens recruits. But that might be a good thing, at least when it comes to personality tests.

The Careerist: Mrs. Clooney, Please Don't Quit!

By Vivia Chen |

Will George Clooney's bride keep her job as a lawyer? We hope so.

Florida Coastal School of Law

Student Loans, Moral Hazard and a Law School Mess—Conclusion

By Steven J. Harper |

At some point, this series on law school market dysfunction must end. So does the dysfunction itself.

Changes to Law School Standards Eliminate Waste

By Matt Leichter |

The ABA approved a number of changes to law school accreditation standards, many of which reduce ways law schools waste students' money and time.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris

The Careerist: Is This Subject Off-Limits?

By Vivia Chen |

In a lighthearted blog post, I mentioned a lawyer's sex appeal. Blowback!

The Careerist: Paging Ms. Abrasive

By Vivia Chen |

Are women too addicted to being lovable?

Student Loans, Moral Hazard and a Law School Mess, Part II

By Steven J. Harper |

One manifestation of structural problems with the current mechanism for funding legal education is, well, structures.

Meet The American Lawyer's New Web Team

By Kim Kleman, Editor-in-Chief |

Call it our digital upgrade: A new team of editors and reporters will help expand our coverage on many different fronts.

The Careerist: Law as a Boy's Club? Just Try Finance

By Vivia Chen |

Women in finance say sexism is rampant, but they don't seem that bothered.

Refresh or Replace?

By Alan Cohen |

A hardware update long meant buying newer, faster computers. Now tablets have made the choices more complicated.

(l-r) Mary Bonauto, Sarah Deer, and Jonathan Rapping.

The Careerist: Profs at Low-Ranking Law Schools Win Genius Grants

By Vivia Chen |

The latest news about law schools and legal markets.

The Careerist: Blacks and LGBTs (More than Women) Want To Be Leaders

By Vivia Chen |

Women across the board do not aspire to be leaders.

The Careerist: Lawyer Suspended for Photoshopping

By Vivia Chen |

Three ways to get suspended, fired or disbarred.

The Careerist: Women Fall Behind in Client Development—More Than Ever

By Vivia Chen |

Women are losing ground in client origination, says study.

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).

Student Loans, Moral Hazard and a Law School Mess

By Steven J. Harper |

Sen. Elizabeth Warren is promoting legislative relief for student debtors, but some law schools are poster children for the larger problem.

The European Court of Human Rights, located in Strasbourg, France.

The Global Lawyer: The Real Yukos Shocker

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

The $50 billion Yukos arbitration award got the big headlines this week. But a smaller Yukos award by the European Court of Human Rights could have even greater implications for Russia's future.

The Careerist: Do Women Lack Guts?

By Vivia Chen |

It's not what you think: New study sheds light on why women aren't going for partnership and promotions.

The Local Global Lawyer

By Aric Press |

In today's economy, firms need a foreign policy or they're missing an opportunity.

The Careerist: Associates Are Neurotic

By Vivia Chen |

What a funny, strange notion: associate satisfaction.

The Careerist: Another Big Law Partner Weds Hottie

By Vivia Chen |

The loves and lusts of members of the bar. News and gossip roundup.

What You Should (and Shouldn't) Do at Your Callback—7 Tips

By Vivia Chen |

The unwritten rules you need to know about the call-back interview.

Case Studies

By Kim Kleman |

In an issue about lawyers at inflection points in their careers, there are lessons for everyone.

The New Surface Pro 3: Is It Worth the Expense?

By Alan Cohen |

There's a lot to like about Microsoft's pricey new tablet—but regardless of what the ads say, it won't replace your laptop.

For Lawyers on the Go, Three Great PDF Readers

By Alan Cohen |

For those whose summer reading consists mostly of briefs and deal memos, a trio of mighty PDF apps.

(l-r) Catherine Creely, Mark MacDougall, and Karen Williams, of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld. July 9, 2014. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Akin Gump's Pro Bono Champ

By Aric Press |

A Washington white-collar partner sets the standard for death penalty trial work. There's room for others to follow.

Sheikh Ahmed Yassin.

The Global Lawyer: Hamas on Trial

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

As Israeli-Palestinian violence swirls anew, a jury judges the terror crimes of old.

Feed Your Brain

By Steven J. Harper |

If you want to be a better, more productive lawyer, take a vacation—a real one.