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You're a young associate looking to make a lateral move. Maybe you've reached out to another firm, or another firm has reached out to you. Either way, your first point of contact is going to be The Recruiter (that is, the in-house recruiter, who's different from the outside recruiter). It's important to impress the hiring partners, for sure, but the in-house recruiter has more influence on the hiring partners than you might think.

If you want to land at the firm of your dreams, here are three things to keep in mind as you interact with the all-important in-house recruiter:

Going solo out of school? Spend more time developing practice skills and leave the marketing work for the experts.

We've all heard the now conventional wisdom about watching what you post online, especially when you post under your real name. A candidate for the federal bench, Kansas City attorney Stephen Bough, is living out that life lesson right now after the Senate Judiciary Committee brought up his blogging past during a confirmation hearing.

The best part? Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, quoted a comment posted under Bough's name stating, "You and the 3 other folks who read this blog will agree I shouldn't be a judge."

Going solo out of school? Spend more time developing practice skills and leave the marketing work for the experts.

I remember it clearly: during a 1L career center presentation, our presenter told us that "black or navy suits" were the appropriate choice for job interviews. Being the broke student that I was, I raised my hand to inquire about charcoal, as the only suit in my close was a recent Goodwill acquisition: a charcoal, two button, single-breasted ensemble.

"Charcoal is a bit edgy," I remember him saying, "But it'll do in a pinch."

A year later, after I gained the freshman/1L fifteen, I bought a black suit. Oddly enough, that was right around the same time my job prospects started to dwindle. Some might say economic collapse, I say "black suit." In fact, the history of my law school, including the recent precipitous drop in the rankings due, in large part, to job numbers, could be traced back to that one, single piece of advice: "black or navy suit."

Because apparently, black suits are for funerals, parties, and Johnny Cash. Who knew?

#DearFindLaw - Advice for New Lawyers and Law Students from @FindLawLP

Welcome to our second edition of what is now my favorite advice column ever -- #DearFindLaw. A colleague of mine has a sister that is now a summer associate at BigLaw, and she passed on a sibling's question.

The summer associate knew that she wanted to clerk after law school, so she didn't know how to deal with an offer from her law firm, in the event that she got one. She thought she might want to return to the firm after the clerkship, but wasn't sure. What should she do? How should she decline an offer?

Christine Lagarde has been head of the International Monetary Fund for three years now, and The Washington Post sat down to interview her about her work thus far. As we were reading, and watching, her interview, one thing became tremendously clear: we have a girl crush on Christine Lagarde. As my editor aptly noted, and I agree: "anyone who runs the IMF and carries a Kelly bag is a-ok with me."

Before she was Managing Director of the IMF, Lagarde was an attorney at Baker & McKenzie, where she later "became the Chairman of the Global Executive Committee of Baker & McKenzie in 1999, and subsequently Chairman of the Global Strategic Committee in 2004."

As law associates, we can learn a lot from her experiences rising through the ranks of BigLaw. Let's take a look at where she stands on issues ranging from leadership, and women.

#DearFindLaw - Advice for New Lawyers and Law Students from @FindLawLP

Welcome folks to the inaugural edition of #DearFindLaw, an advice column for young attorneys, law students, and pre-lawyers. Every Friday, you ask the questions (tweet us @FindLawLP, or hit us up on Facebook), and one of our writers will respond. It's like Loveline, but less funny, and with less sexually transmitted diseases (at least for now -- the questions are up to you).

What's on today's docket? A reader writes in from abroad, asking about whether he, along with a fellow young colleague, should start a law firm. And another reader asks: when moving to a law school across the country, should you go for the dorms or an apartment?

Ah, Facebook. Ten years after its inception and we still haven't learned: The site is only good for posting pictures of babies and "Remember the 90s" listicles. Seriously folks, nobody cares about your political views, terrible music taste (guilty), or disgusting racism. If you wouldn't yell, "____ people are _____" in the office, or in public, then you shouldn't put it on Facebook either.

Two assistant public defenders in Broward County, Florida, just learned that lesson after posting anti-Palestinian hate speech on Facebook. Fortunately, their much more enlightened boss quickly moved to terminate the two attorneys, citing the fact that, ya know, public defenders shouldn't be spouting hate speech while working in a diverse office serving diverse clients.

That time of year is coming -- OCI -- that's on-campus interview season for the newbies. And for many participating in the process, OCI is the foundation of your job search and career trajectory. It's not make or break, but it definitely sets the tone.

The key to success in law school -- and OCI -- is preparation. It's never too early to start, so we thought we'd let you in on an OCI prep event for our New York greedy associates. For everyone else, we have a roundup of FindLaw's best OCI advice.

The Women in Law Empowerment Forum ("WILEF") is an organization devoted to the education of women in law firms, and furthers its goals by providing networking opportunities for women. Now in its eighth year, WILEF provides Gold Standard Certification to law firms that "successfully demonstrate that women represent a meaningful percentage of their equity partners, of their highest leadership positions, of their governance and compensation committees, and of their most highly compensated partners."

Let's see who made the cut for 2014, and what they are doing right.

Remember back in May when there was much ado about whether law degrees were worth it? Maybe not, but the experience was seared into my memory when there were some very loud objections to my proclamation that you can do anything with a law degree. To help bolster my claim, I even created a nifty list of 101 possible things you could do with a law degree.

For the jaded few that are still unconvinced, I have more evidence for you. Exhibit A: Catalina Girald.

Going solo out of school? Spend more time developing practice skills and leave the marketing work for the experts.