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You'll learn trade secrets like how to make a spectacular first impression, how to turn down work when you're swamped without saying the dreaded no, how to negotiate for more money, how to use gossip to your advantage an much more!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780159004531
  • Publisher: West Academic Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Series: Employment Guides
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 593
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 1.17 (d)

Table of Contents

Dedication v
Acknowledgments vii
Introduction xv
How To Contact The Author xix
Chapter 1 The 1,640-Hour Interview: What Every Summer Clerk Should Know 1
A. Keep Your Eye On The Prize: Remember The Goal Of Your Summer Clerkship 2
B. Be Aware Of What Employers Are Looking For: The Top Eight Hit List 2
C. Things To Do Before You Start Your Clerkship 4
D. Handling The Work 15
E. Your Thoughts Are Your Exclusive Property. Your Employer Only Cares About What You Say And What You Do. Here's How To Say And Do The Right Things! 42
F. Socializing--How To Get To Know People Without Shooting Yourself In The Foot 85
G. Handling Secretaries, Recruiting Coordinators, And Anybody Else At The Office Who Isn't A Lawyer 106
H. Office Romances: Spend Your Summer Clerkship Getting To Know The Lay Of The Land, Not Getting To Be Known As The Lay Of The Land 112
I. You Can't Do Well Without Knowing How You're Doing: How To Get--And Handle--Feedback 116
J. What's Really In It For You? All Kinds of Tips for Figuring Out If This Is Really The Place Where You Want To Work 121
K. What To Do If You Split Your Summer... 132
L. What To Do About Fall On-Campus Interviews If You Leave Your Summer Clerkship Without An Offer In Hand 133
M. You Drop The Ball, Or The Ball Is Dropped On You. You Don't Get An Offer From Your Summer Employer. Now What? 134
Chapter 2 Econ 101--The Business Of Law 141
A. Understanding The Business of Law 141
B. Everything You Never Wanted To Know About Billables, But You Have To Anyway: Including Squeezing Out More Billables Without Spending Even One Extra Minute Working 148
Chapter 3 Getting Off On The Right Foot ... Learning The Culture & Getting Organized 163
A. Today Is The First Day Of The Rest Of Your Career 163
B. You Can Get Away With Just About Anything If You Learn How To Play The Game. Learn The Culture! 172
C. Getting Organized ... And Staying That Way! 211
Chapter 4 The "People" Part Of Work. It's Not What You're Like Or How You Feel--It's How You Seem That Counts. How To Come Off As The Person You Want Other People To See 225
A. Qualities to Manifest 226
B. Perceptions You Should Avoid Creating--And How To Do That! 249
C. The Care and Feeding of Supervising Attorneys and Other Muckety-Mucks At Work 264
D. Mentors: "When The Student Is Ready ... The Teacher Will Come." 269
E. Tapping Into The Hidden Power Structure: Support Staff Issues 276
F. Birds Do It, Bees Do It ... The Ins And Outs Of Office Romances 291
G. Paying Attention To Things You've Never Paid Attention To Before: E-Mail, The Phone, And The Internet 301
H. Social Graces, Or--How Not To Be Seen As A Pig, And How To Make Conversation With Anybody In Any Social Situation 311
I. Work Is Work, Your Personal Life Is Your Personal Life ... And People At Work Are Colleagues First And Friends Second 332
Chapter 5 How To Crush Research And Writing Assignments 337
A. Recognize The Importance Of What You're Doing. You're Not Really Performing Research Assignments. You're Solving Client Problems 338
B. Receiving The Assignment: Getting It All, And Getting It Right 339
C. Finding What You're Supposed to Find: How To Do The Research 348
D. Time To Put Pen To Paper (Or Fingers To Keyboard): How To Write What They Want To Read 372
Chapter 6 Handling Everybody Outside The Office--Clients, Opposing Counsel, Judges, Court Personnel ... and the Media 383
A. Handling Clients 384
B. Advice For Everybody Who Spends Time In Court, Whether You Represent The United States, "The People," The State, Or Clients 411
C. Never Air Your Dirty Laundry In The Media! 427
Chapter 7 When Your Boss Is A Judge: Handling Judicial Clerkships 431
A. The Judge's World, And How You Fit Into It 432
B. The Law Clerk's Bible--The One Book You Have To Have! 434
C. Research And Writing Tips 434
D. You've Got A Special Job--With Special Responsibilities 436
Chapter 8 Dealing With Jerks, Screamers, And Other Dwellers Of The Nether Anatomy 437
A. Prepare Yourself For The "Real World Of Jerks." 438
B. What You Can Do About Working For A Jerk, And Why "Yeah, Well, You Can Kiss My Ass" Is Not A Wise Strategy 441
Chapter 9 Handling Things You Don't Want To Handle: Mistakes, Too Much Work, Chimp Work, Ethical Issues, and Sexual Harassment 453
A. Mistakes! It's Not Whether You'll Make Them. (You Will.) It's What You Do Next That Counts 453
B. Handling Chimp Work Without Going Bananas! 461
C. Help! I'm Drowning! What To Do When You've Got Too Much Work (Or Too Little ...) 466
D. Ethical Issues: How To Avoid Being Led Away In Handcuffs And At The Same Time Avoid Torquing Off Your Boss 476
E. Sexual Harassment: Stopping A Problem Before It Is A Problem 484
Chapter 10 Being Your Own Career Coach And Living The Life You Want 497
A. Balancing Your Work And Your Life Outside Of Work. Stop Laughing! 498
B. Use Evaluations And Criticism To Propel Your Career Forward 506
C. Upping The Ante: How To Make Thousands More Than You Thought You Would 521
Step 1 Knowledge is power 521
Step 2 Recognize that in the absence of other considerations (which we're going to talk about in a minute), you have limited negotiating power as a new lawyer 521
Step 3 Answer the question "What's in it for me?"--or encourage them to overlook that question entirely 522
Step 4 What to do if your bid for more money fails 525
D. As Will Rogers Said, "Even If You're On The Right Track, If You're Sitting There, You'll Get Run Over." Take Hidden Opportunities To Make Your Career Take Off Like A Rocket 525
E. What To Do If You're Hating Your Job. Don't Turn Into A Boiled Frog! 532
Appendix A Interest Research Resources 557
Appendix B Sample Law Firm Evaluation Forms 563
Appendix C Contact Information And Other Books To Check Out 591
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2001

    This book covers it ALL!

    How Kim does it i'll never know. This is just as good as 'Guerrilla Tactics'. The book talks about all you need to know about working in the legal field for any employer. From politics, to dining, research, secretaries, dressing, etc. I'll be doing a summer associate program and I'm using it as my daily guide.

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