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Archive for December, 2014

Bob Denney of Robert Denney Associates, Inc posted his annual “what’s hot and what’s not in the legal profession” state of the union recently on attorneyatwork.com. It provides a useful snapshot of growth practice areas and other market information. Among the areas that are hot right now are: intellectual property, technology, labor & employment, and compliance (especially Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance). I’m happy that Chicago-Kent students have opportunities to study in all of these areas: see herehere, here, and here.

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It’s that time…

The end of semester is nigh and the exam period is upon us.  I’ve had a great semester working with another group of smart and engaged 1L contracts lawyers.  My main message to my students at this time may seem a little counterintuitive. It is this.  If you’ve kept up with the work along the way, now is not the time to start working any harder.  You have to trust yourselves that the work is done, look after yourselves, develop a sensible and manageable study schedule, stick with your ordinary routines, and maintain those circadian rhythms to maximize your energy and alertness levels.  Like most of the things I tell students, this all smacks of motherhood and apple pie.  But over twenty years of doing this job, I have seen many very good students crank themselves into a frenzy around exam time and under perform as a result.  As we say where I come from, don’t burn the candle at both ends.

For more similar and related advice see here, here, and here.

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