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What's the Best Law School for a Career in Immigration Law?

Unlike lawyers who choose a field of practice for the money, immigration attorneys are often motivated by something else.

Perhaps they are immigrants or children of immigrants. It may run even deeper to a less complicated time when the United States was a nation of immigrants.

Whatever the impetus, it takes due consideration to pursue a career in immigration law. It begins with choosing the right law school.

Career Tips If You Want to Practice Music Law

In the midst of World War II, songwriters Harold Adamson and Jimmie McHugh popularized the expression "on a wing and prayer."

They wrote several patriotic songs during the war, prompting President Truman to award them the Presidential Certificate of Merit. It was all good, except that they borrowed the "wing and a prayer" lyric from an earlier John Wayne movie.

It's a snapshot of history that illustrates something about the world of music law: it can be a glamorous business where your chances for success sometimes depends on fighting and a bit of luck.

Associate Hiring to Increase Soon, Law Firm Leaders Say

Law firm leaders expect more rain in the making for the rest of the year, according to a new survey.

Citi Private Bank announced the results from a poll of 157 law firms, largely from the top 200 law firms in the nation. They forecast more opportunities for new associates, also.

But optimism was statistically guarded, as only 51 percent of the respondents expressed confidence that the rest of the year will be considerably better. Other reports suggest the future is partly cloudy.

Law School Offers Degree in Government Contracting and Purchasing

The University of Dayton School of Law is offering a master's degree in government contracting and purchasing.

It is a rare offering because apparently only one other law school has comparable programs. George Washington School of Law awards degrees in government procurement and contracts, the ABA Journal reported.

For Dayton, a Catholic university, it is also a blessing for law school graduates who are struggling to find employment in a tough job market.

Who Is Saul Bellow and Why Should Lawyers Care?

Saul Bellow is dead, but he still matters if you want to get a law job.

A prominent intellectual property firm recently screened applicants based on their essays about Bellow, a 20th Century author who won numerous prizes for his work. The firm posted a job for a lawyer and "a literary artisan," well-versed in the classics, with an essay assignment: Whether Saul Bellow deserved his 1976 Nobel Prize for Literature.

"If you are unfamiliar with Saul Bellow, this position may not be right for you," the ad said. Somebody got the job already, but here's why it matters to you:

Overcoming Age Bias Against Older Lawyers

Winston Churchill, the British prime minister who inspired world-wide resistance against a raging Adolph Hitler, gave his most famous speech when he was 67 years old.

"Give us the tools, and we will finish the job," he said, responding to a letter from President Franklin D. Roosevelt after Germany bombed London.

Even though people sometimes dismiss the words of an older generation, that rally cry changed the world. In the law, especially for younger lawyers, it is important to recognize that age may in fact be the source of wisdom.

What Are 'Excess Attorneys' and Why Does New York Have So Many?

Figures don't lie, but lawyers figure.

Apologies to the author of the original phrase, but we're lawyers here so just go with it. We're talking about a report that shows -- by the numbers -- how many "excess attorneys" there are throughout the country.

"Excess attorneys," in the statistical report, means lawyers who are not employed as attorneys. Here's how it breaks down:

Entering the Ring on the First Day of Work

In professional boxing, fighters usually start the first round by touching gloves and lightly jabbing for a few minutes. Nobody comes out swinging for the fences in the first round. It is more like a fencing match, as opponents parry to ward off blows and gauge their distance.

It is a tried and true strategy to size up your competition in the first three minutes of a fight. It's a good idea when starting a new job at a law firm, too.

Can Law Students Intern at Solo or Small Firms?

With summer coming up quickly, many law students are looking for internships.

But in an economy that has rocked legal education and employment, many aspiring attorneys do not know what are the chances of getting an internship. Others do not even know where to look.

The good news is, opportunities are still out there. The bad news is, the pickings get slim as the season wears on. The inside scoop is, solo and small firms are an untapped source.

Is 'Legal Technician' a New Career Path in WA?

After 15 months of training paralegal specialists, Washington's experiment produced a little more than a dozen "Limited License Legal Technicians." Not exactly a booming field, but at least it didn't blow up.

The State Supreme Court and the State Bar Association started the program to provide legal services to people who could not afford a lawyer but needed more than paralegals could provide traditionally. Unlike paralegals who work in law firms, the LLLTs were trained to provide services directly to clients without attorney supervision.

According to a new report, the limited legal technician program is a limited success. It serves an important purpose, but needs more paralegals and money.