1. Even the saintly ones aren't spared. Whether you want to do well or do good, the job market for lawyers is tough. Legal Services Corp., which provides civil legal services to the poor, recently announced that it will likely lay off about 8 percent of lawyers and staff and shut down branch offices across the nation, reports The National Law Journal:
A survey of the 134 agencies depending on grants from LSC, the largest source of funding nationwide for civil legal aid, shows they are on pace to lay off 350 attorneys and 400 support staff this year because of budget cuts from Congress and other funding reductions.
And if you measure the reduction over the two-year period from 2010 to 2012, the staffing loss at LSC is even greater—about 14 percent, including 591 lawyers and 818 paralegals and other support staff. Overall, LSC expects to serve fewer clients and handle fewer cases, including services related to foreclosures and domestic violence.
Such a pity that even those who are passionate about lawyering are getting the ax.
2. Oh, Canada! Et tu? Since Canada is basically a socialist country, I assumed women professionals get fairer treatment there.
Not so. It turns out women GC make less in Canada too. "Female in-house counsel are making less than their male counterparts and on average receive lower annual salary increases, according to a survey released today by the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association," reports The Canadian Lawyer.
Yes, women have lower-level jobs, but the pay gap (women earn 16 percent less than men) goes deeper than that:
When each role is isolated and the average salaries are compared within each of them, men’s pay is consistently higher than that of women. On average, men are making more than women in comparable roles.
Regrettably, these results seem to validate the research that I wrote about a few days ago: that managers tend to pay men more money.
3. From the horse's mouth. We've been deluging you with a lot of advice on the dos and don't of interviewing recently (click here, here, and here). Not to add to your plate, but Bloomberg Law's YouTube video featuring hiring partners from Jones Day and Mayer Brown—among others—is worth watching.
It's got advice on what to wear (lose the dangly earrings and the bling); body language (don't fidget and don't cross your arms, but do smile); lying (it's okay to say that you found law school intellectually rewarding even if you hated it). A lot of good advice in short, digestible sound bites.
Click on The Careerist's hiring partner interviews: Baker Botts; Boies, Schiller; Debevoise & Plimpton; Jones Day; Fenwick & West; K&L Gates; Kramer Levin; Paul, Hastings; Paul Weiss; Pepper Hamilton; Quinn Emanuel; Sidley & Austin; Skadden; Susman Godfrey; Vinson & Elkins;and Wilmer.
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