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Is Your Job Safe? | 3 Geeks and a Law Blog
So this same thought occurred to me recently but in a different context. My Dot.Com experience lead me in to a constantly innovating career path. For example, I was a pioneer in the legal pricing space. And I continue to embrace and lead new ideas and approaches. So I have considered my job positions to be relatively safe, since I am leading the change and not being eaten by it. But then I realized even with that approach, I still have risk. With all of the chaos right now in the legal market (merger mania, etc.), who knows what the future holds for any of us. Positions can be eliminated or dramatically altered or firms can implode or merge into other firms.

Crap.

But then I thought back to my Dot.Com thinking. It’s not that any job I have will necessarily be sustaining. It’s that I am always reaching for new and exciting skills and experiences. Stay nimble and stay adaptive. That’s the best strategy for staying “safe” in this new, fast-changing job market. Adding another layer to this – it’s not just about staying up on tech. Understanding blockchain will have some value. Understanding how to turn that knowledge into revenue and profit has a much higher value.
risk  careers  schools  innovation 
november 2018 by JordanFurlong
Today’s Law Degree Takes on a Broader Meaning | Big Law Business
In some cases, JD advantage jobs may actually be more desirable to law school graduates than traditional law firm roles. “If you’re in a corporation doing compliance work, you’re in a corporation and there are lots of upward career paths,” said Leipold. “In a law firm, it’s up or out, and there’s not an alternate career path.”

Mark Chandler, general counsel of Cisco, said at least 30 percent of the law school graduates he hires take jobs like contract negotiation, legal operations, and even sales, without ever becoming lawyers.

“The people who have a law degree have a leg up in the efficiency with which work gets done and can help to keep down the need for legal escalation sometimes,” he said.

The JD advantage category will continue to grow in the coming years, according to Leipold. “Even law firms are going to be hiring people with a law degree who may not be practicing law,” said Leipold, adding, “As that business climate and [law firm] model continues to change, the number of lawyering opportunities will be flat or going down.”

 

 

The JD Advantage Stigma

Some legal experts argue there shouldn’t be a negative stigma associated with JD advantage jobs.

Bill Henderson, a law professor at Indiana University who studies the legal industry, said many of his former students have pursued interesting careers in which they used their law degrees but didn’t need to be a practicing lawyer.

He cited one of his former students, who took a job at a Big Four accounting firm in an employee tax compliance group.

“It seemed very similar to the practice of law in an ERISA type practice,’ said Henderson. “He loved the team-based atmosphere, he loved the training, he loved the hours, and he felt like he had really landed somewhere special.”
schools  admission  careers 
august 2017 by JordanFurlong
MSU Course Teaches Law Students to Use Automation Tools | Legaltech News
inna said that while the tool doesn't necessarily require users to use straight code, it can be a useful tool to teach students about coding logic, which will ultimately help them think about the full range of opportunities for automation inside and outside legal-service delivery.
"I was very impressed with the tool, and very impressed with the possibility it has outside the legal space," Linna said.
Linna said that the LegalRnD program overall focuses on preparing students to think creatively about modern legal needs.
"LegalRnD's mission is to improve legal-service delivery and access to legal-services for everyone. Much can be accomplished by creating standards and best practices and using technology to automate time consuming, manual processes," Linna said in a statement.
Linna said that while discussions about legal technology and how to innovate in the legal industry can be overly dominated by clickbait-like topics, LegalRnD's use of the TAP tool could help draw students into the specific procedures that make for greater automation.
schools  innovation  robolawyer  careers 
august 2016 by JordanFurlong
Top-tier set to launch new roles and merit-based pay
Jane Lewis, Director of People & Development at Allens, told Australasian Lawyer that managing associates will be expected to play a key role in all aspects of the practice, and in particular demonstrate an understanding of client and team management skills, as well as practice economics and management.
laterals  partners  careers  innovation  compensation 
june 2014 by JordanFurlong
Bay Street Hiring Described as “Bloodbath” – Slaw
Times are rough for everyone, but law students are still feeling the brunt of the economic contraction as there are less and less jobs. Osgoode and Ottawa students seem to be affected the worst, while Queen’s, Western and UofT have fared slightly better. A total of 351 students were hired by Bay Street firms this year, which can be compared to 379 hires in 2012, 403 in 2011 and 444 in 2010.
admission  articling  careers  firms  schools 
december 2013 by JordanFurlong
When the numbers don’t add up anymore | Analysis | The Lawyer
Redundancies are sweeping the legal industry as firms of all sizes adjust to a world of permanent price pressure - and partners are no longer secure in ivory towers
laterals  admission  careers  firms  partners 
may 2013 by JordanFurlong
Adam Smith, Esq.: An inquiry into the economics of law firms....
Peters subscribes with a vengeance to school of relentless execution, and also to the not-inconsequential role of luck. He ironically describes his own good fortune: “I was born in 1942, in the US. I was protestant. I had relatively intelligent parents and I was white – that’s the first 99.9 per cent of it. Hard work may have done the rest." And "Search" itself? "A decent book with perfect timing." In other words, try hard and then try some more. Many many things may not be within your control—today seemingly more than ever, Peters' protestations to the contrary notwithstanding—but one thing is within your control: How hard you work and how much you get done. Having the energy, the imagination, and the sheer intellect to tackle today's escalating challenges—with, I should mention, impeccable integrity—is perhaps the single greatest thing we have to be thankful for today.
Bookmarks  careers 
november 2008 by JordanFurlong
Seth's Blog: Is effort a myth?
1. Delete 120 minutes a day of 'spare time' from your life. This can include TV, reading the newspaper, commuting, wasting time in social networks and meetings. Up to you. 2. Spend the 120 minutes doing this instead:
Bookmarks  careers 
november 2008 by JordanFurlong
Seth's Blog: How often should you publish?
I'd like to propose that you think about it differently. There's frontlist and backlist. Frontlist means the new releases, the hits, the stuff that fanboys are looking for or paying attention to. Frontlist gets all the attention, all the glory and all the excitement. They write about frontlist in the paper and we talk about the frontlist at dinner. Digg is the frontlist. Siskel and Ebert is the frontlist. Backlist is Catcher in the Rye or 1984. Backlist is the long tail (the idea) and now, the Long Tail (the book). In a digital world, backlist is where the rest of the attention ends up, and where all the real money is made. Backlist doesn't show up in the news, but Google is 95% backlist. So is Amazon.
Bookmarks  seth  careers 
september 2008 by JordanFurlong
What’s Money Got to Do With It? | Small Business Trends
# Uneasiness with money shows up in under pricing your products and services # Uneasiness with money shows up in failing to talk about payment expectations with customers # Uneasiness with money shows up in uncollectable accounts receivables
Bookmarks  careers 
september 2008 by JordanFurlong
Legal Blog Watch
Lawyers still lag behind the curve when it comes to taking advantage of most of today's Web 2.0 applications, concludes the ABA's annual Legal Technology Report, which ABA Journal editor Ed Adams summarizes in this month's issue. The ABA survey, based on responses from 850 lawyers nationwide, found that most lawyers rely on Web sites and e-mail newsletters to stay current on news. A minority read blogs, and even fewer -- a scant 2 percent -- actually maintain a blog. Just 10 percent of lawyers follow news through RSS feeds.
Bookmarks  it  careers 
september 2008 by JordanFurlong
» News organizations need to upsell users | The Journalism Iconoclast
If we’re going to ask people for money, we have to create value. Basic content isn’t that. News organizations need to stop thinking of themselves as just journalism companies and start thinking of themselves as content companies.
Bookmarks  media  careers 
september 2008 by JordanFurlong
Seth's Blog: 'Where to' might not be as important as 'how loud'
The alternative is to do your best to pick a direction (hopefully an unusual one, hopefully one you have resources to complete, hopefully one you can do authentically and hopefully one you enjoy) and then do it. Loudly. With patience and passion. (Loud doesn't mean boorish. Loud means proud and joyful and with confidence.) No flitting, no waiting for proof. Just consistent, overwhelming performance in pursuit of a vision you believe in.
Bookmarks  seth  careers 
september 2008 by JordanFurlong
Seth's Blog: Reaching the right people
the few mainstream publishers that promote their books spend $10,000 or more on ads that don't work. Putting a book into the hands of 1,000 perfect fans may be a far smarter investment.
Bookmarks  seth  careers 
september 2008 by JordanFurlong
Seth's Blog: Creating stories that resonate
very person in the market has a worldview when it comes to what you're selling. It might be, "I don't care about that," or it might be, "all big companies are evil" or it might be, "I love new stuff." When your story aligns with my worldview, we have something to discuss. When it doesn't, you're likely to be invisible.
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august 2008 by JordanFurlong
Seth's Blog: The intangibles
The last one is probably the biggest. Hope. Do you offer hope for something really big in the future? Maybe just around the corner, but perhaps in the long run... What does it look and feel like? Are you drawing a vivid picture?
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august 2008 by JordanFurlong
The real business model for Web 2.0: corporate clients
The amazing thing is that there are a class of startup companies making good money right now from Web 2.0. They're not flashy and they don't grow like mushrooms. But they've got all the business they can handle and they are growing. I am talking about com
Bookmarks  careers 
june 2008 by JordanFurlong
Advertising on RSS feeds a plus for lawyer blogs and legal publishing : Real Lawyers Have Blogs
Zachary Rodgers on the The ClickZ Network had an interesting piece this week on RSS advertising showing signs of life.
Bookmarks  IT  careers 
june 2008 by JordanFurlong
Something no one else has : Binary Law
Do not “post for the sake of posting. Resist the temptation – and boy is it a temptation – to blog because your audience expects to read something.” This last bit of advice presupposes the existence for me of an audience. On this exact point, anot
Bookmarks  law21  careers 
may 2008 by JordanFurlong
How to decide if you should start a company » Brazen Careerist by Penelope Trunk
Do you want to know how to tell if you have a business idea that will succeed? You know what? I don’t know how you know that. And if I did, I’d be a venture capitalist, right? But I do know how you can tell if you have a business idea that is worth re
Bookmarks  careers 
may 2008 by JordanFurlong
Seth's Blog: All the News That Fits (do what you're great at)
o, where can the Times excel? I'd argue they have two opportunities: 1. If it's in the Times, it's true 2. If it's in the Times, it's important I should clarify. By 'true', I mean vetted as well as can be vetted, I mean more true than other places. They c
Bookmarks  careers 
may 2008 by JordanFurlong
Bill Pollak, CEO of ALM [LexBlog Q & A] : Real Lawyers Have Blogs
ob La Gatta: What must a blogger do to get their blog included in your Blog Network? William Pollak: Blogs are selected for our Blog Network in much the same way that outside columnists are chosen for our newspapers.
Bookmarks  law21  careers 
april 2008 by JordanFurlong
Gin, Television, and Social Surplus - Here Comes Everybody
She heard this story and she shook her head and said, "Where do people find the time?" That was her question. And I just kind of snapped. And I said, "No one who works in TV gets to ask that question. You know where the time comes from. It comes from the
Bookmarks  innovation  media  future  careers 
april 2008 by JordanFurlong
Pricing Consulting Services > davidmaister.com > Passion, People and Principles
irms that are well-known in their target markets receive higher fees, see their revenue grow, and earn higher profits than their lesser-known counterparts. Brand leaders were more likely to price their services at a higher level than their competitors in
Bookmarks  careers 
april 2008 by JordanFurlong
Seth's Blog: Silly Traffic
think it’s more productive to worry about two other things instead. 1. Engage your existing users far more deeply. Increase their participation, their devotion, their interconnection and their value. 2. Turn those existing users into ambassadors, charge
Bookmarks  careers 
april 2008 by JordanFurlong
colpm: Part 3: The Fifth Dimension - Display Advertising
In our first two installments of “The Fifth Dimension,” we documented the shift by advertisers away from print to online advertising. Or perhaps it would be fairer to say that advertisers now include online as a significant portion of their overall bu
Bookmarks  careers 
april 2008 by JordanFurlong
Empirical Legal Studies: The Changing Economics of the Legal Profession
I would bet that, in hindsight, these two stories will be viewed as pivotal journalism that changed public opinion about the career benefits of law school. Those of us who work in this sector need to take notice.
Bookmarks  schools  careers 
april 2008 by JordanFurlong
Who Cares How Many Subscribers You’ve Got?
So how can we measure ourselves To truly understand and address what’s driving your success it is necessary to understand the web of relationships between the different determiners which lead to the outcomes that you are looking for. The diagram below
Bookmarks  law21  careers 
april 2008 by JordanFurlong
Legal publishers can learn from Huffington Post : Real Lawyers Have Blogs
I've always been intrigued by the Huffington Post, a news website and aggregated blog founded by Arianna Huffington, featuring hyperlinks to various news sources and columnists. The Post not only aggregates blog content, but also provides a publishing pla
Bookmarks  careers 
april 2008 by JordanFurlong
Seth's Blog: Finding the long tail
Their users are currently ranking and analyzing more stocks than any firm, including all the big analyst houses, etc. And, you probably won't be surprised to hear this, the highest-ranked stocks regularly outperform the lowest-ranked ones. Give your audi
Bookmarks  future  seth  careers 
september 2007 by JordanFurlong
Seth's Blog: Labor Day
The future is not about time at all. The future is about work that's really and truly hard, not time-consuming. It's about the kind of work that requires us to push ourselves, not just punch the clock. Hard work is where our job security, our financial pr
Bookmarks  seth  careers 
september 2007 by JordanFurlong
Yahoo Column: Gen X updates outdated work and family goals » Brazen Careerist by Penelope Trunk
Thanks to Gen X, the power-couple-as-parents setup will likely go down in history as just another terrible idea conceived by baby boomers. At this point, it’s clear that families are better off when one person takes care of the household full time. Sta
Bookmarks  demographics  careers 
september 2007 by JordanFurlong
Seth's Blog
We're running out of scarcity. Scarcity, after all, is the cornerstone of our economy. The best way to make a profit is by trading in something that's scarce
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august 2007 by JordanFurlong
Coachology: How to wrestle leadership roles from boomers » Brazen Careerist by Penelope Trunk
HELLO OUT THERE! Do the people who write the press releases about baby boomer retirement not understand that this is the most overleveraged generation in history and they will work till the day they die?
Bookmarks  careers  demographics 
august 2007 by JordanFurlong
Adam Smith, Esq.: An inquiry into the economics of law firms....
The cognitive dissonance—not to mention the economic cost—of the collision of the four statements with which I opened this piece will demand that firms begin to experiment with alternatives to the "Cravath Model," now a century old. Early pioneers su
Bookmarks  firms  innovation  careers  EQ 
july 2007 by JordanFurlong
How to Change the World: Ten Questions With Penelope Trunk: Career Guidance for This Century
unless you are in physical danger, you should not report harassment. The laws governing sexual harassment don’t protect women who report. The law protects companies from being sued by the women who report. Human resource professionals are trained to pro
Bookmarks  women  careers  EQ 
july 2007 by JordanFurlong

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