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In the Law Library Catalog, you can find more advice on landing jobs and performing legal work by searching for keywords such as Law -- Vocaltional guidance -- United States and Practice of Law -- United States.
Becoming a Lawyer: Discovering and Defining Your Professional Persona (Toni Jaeger-Fine, 2019) (West Academic login required)
Self-development tips to maximize your professional success include time management skills, learning the business of law, developing an understanding of the professional legal persona, and effectively communicating with others.
Excellence in the Workplace: Legal and Life Skills in a Nutshell (Kay Kavanaugh & Paula Nailon, 2018)
This holistic guide to professional development addresses the art of networking, workplace social graces, research, writing, giving presentations, conduct during meetings, time and stress management, ethics, job seeking strategies, and salary negotiations. Also available on West Academic (login required).
Flying Solo: A Survival Guide for the Solo and Small Firm Lawyer (William Gibson, ed., 2014)
This guide provides a variety of perspectives on who should be considering branching off into solo practice, the financial issues involved, promoting the business, and the logistics of setting up an efficient office with systems for research and filing work product.
The Opportunity Maker: Strategies for Inspiring Your Legal Career (Ari L. Kaplan, 2016) (West Academic login required)
A guide to gracefully attracting a mentor, self-promoting, networking, publishing your research, raising your profile, and giving back to others who need your guidance in the legal community.
Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks (Grover E. Cleveland, 2016) (West Academic login required)
Do: Set yourself up to get and do legal work early on to make yourself indispensable. Do: Understand the business of law. Do: Manage your life along with your clients' needs. Do: Manage pressures to keep solid working relationships with opposing counsel. Don't: React poorly to critical evaluations.
Lexis Courtlink (Lexis password required)
This resource compiles docket information and court document searchable by judge, attorney, or law firm to provide insight into potential employers’ history and ongoing efforts.
In Westlaw, click on “Practical Law” under “Content Types” on the homepage, or click on the black circle with the white arrow nest to the name “Westlaw Edge” to navigate to Practical Law. Here, you will find three main tabs:
Westlaw Edge Profiler
Search for biographical information on attorneys, judges, and other legal professionals throughout the U.S.