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You know Janice in accounting, the one John Oliver seems to obsess over (come on John, you know Janice can't be responsible for all those yogurts), well, she might be able to get away with her antics, because she's an accountant, and well ... she's also a fictional character.

But, as a lawyer in the real world, short of nepotism, your attitude and work ethic will likely be the determining factors over whether you advance. Below you can read about some of the most important phrases and questions to avoid if you hope to advance within a firm or company.

For many small firm and solo practitioners, if a good case walks through the door, oftentimes, the motivation to bring dollars through the door results in taking that case regardless of whether the practice has an attorney well versed in that area of law.

And though this might be a necessary evil of small firm practice, it might also be what's holding back your firm. While there are too few "general practitioners" in this world, there's a pretty good reason why: Specializing enables law firms and lawyers to make more money. It can also help job-seeking lawyers get hired.

For those lucky law students that actually landed a firm job for the summer, you may have an endless number the number of questions. Luckily, you can search the web, and the FindLaw blogs for legal professionals, to get some answers (without having to sheepishly ask a legal secretary).

Even if you don't have any questions, you may still want to take a few minutes to read over some of the following FindLaw advice columns, as not having any questions means you might actually just not know what to ask. From what to wear to who to trust, FindLaw has the answers. 

Former NY Lawyer Finds Homes for Stray Puerto Rico Pups

Tania Isenstein had reached the dog days of her career, and she was dog-tired of it.

So the veteran lawyer left the dog-eat-dog world to search for that elusive day that every dog is supposed to have. "Dog gone it," she said to herself. "I'm going to make a run for it."

She took over a doggy day care business, and found her true collie, er, calling. Seriously, Isenstein is all about dogs these days -- about 200,000 of them.

According to a recent paper written by law professors from the University of Chicago, law review editors are politically biased. When seeking submissions for a law journal, the study found that editors are more likely to select pieces that align with their own political ideologies.

It's interesting to note that after careful analysis of the data, the law profs were able to deduce that conservative and liberal leaning editors exercised the same proportional amount of political bias. Basically, conservative editors lean toward publishing more conservative authors and positions, and liberal editors lean towards publishing more liberal authors and positions. The study suggests more than just a correlation.

It's one thing when a lawyer 'fails to appear' in court, and it's another thing entirely when that lawyer fails to respond to the order to show cause (OSC) as to why the lawyer initially failed to appear. It's a gutsy move that usually won't end well.

Recently, an attorney from Nebraska, best known for being one of convicted murderer Anthony Garcia's attorneys, didn't just fail to appear for a state court hearing or some minor line on the docket either, he failed to appear at an Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals oral argument, and then failed to respond to the OSC. After the attorney stood up the court, the Nebraska's Supreme Court issued a two year suspension for the attorney's failures to appear and respond.

There's no doubt that the legal job market is already saturated with experienced lawyers seeking jobs. For new law grads, this means that the competition for the jobs out there is rather fierce, especially for the "good jobs."

According to a recent survey detailed in the ABA Journal, when it comes to those "good jobs," less than half of recent law grads were able to get one right after graduation. Notably, the survey explained that over a quarter of recent law grads have to spend over a year to get a "good job."

It's not uncommon for law firms, or any type of business for that matter, to just ignore their employees' career development. So long as a law firm is profitable, the status quo is maintained, and employee retention is not a big problem, then businesses have very little incentive to invest in career development.

If you're in a firm that doesn't seem to care whether or not your career develops or stagnates, you may want to heed the advice of the experts over at the Harvard Business Review and take control of your own career development. Below, you can read about three of the most important tips the experts discuss.

When it comes to judicial clerkships, none are so coveted as those at the United States Supreme Court. According to a recent report on Above the Law, all the new 2018 fall term SCOTUS clerks have been hired. Although there are some names missing from the unofficial list, it's only a matter of time before it is updated to include all the new hires (assuming the rumors are true).

In addition to the 2018 term clerks being all-but-decided, it looks like Justices Ginsberg, Roberts, Breyer, and Gorsuch have selected some clerks through 2019 as well. Reportedly Gorsuch has even hired one clerk for the 2020 term. One significant conclusion the ATL writer draws from Justice Kennedy hiring clerks for the October 2018 term: He's not planning on retiring before the fall term.

How to Clerk for a Jerk

One big drawback for law students is the fact that most legal jobs for students involve working for lawyers and a surprisingly large number of those lawyers that employ law students are just jerks to work for, with, or around.

Unfortunately for law students, with the legal job market still being rather cut-throat, most will not have the luxury of being able to quit a job because their boss is a jerk. After all, getting legal experience is almost as important for getting a lawyer job as graduating law school and passing the bar. Below, you'll find a few tips to help you work, or clerk, for a jerk.