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It's a Good Time to Look Into Anti-Discrimination Law Career Options

If a new law dean is any indication, it may be a good time to consider anti-discrimination law.

Kimbery Yuracko, a scholar in anti-discrimination law, has been appointed dean of Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. She joined the faculty there in 2011, and gained national renown for her work in anti-discrimination, gender equity and employment law.

With Yuracko at the helm, Pritzker may be the place to go for training in those fields. Meanwhile, the courts are opening up the law business for cases based on sexual orientation discrimination.

For all but a handful of recent grads, finding a 'partnership track' associate position may seem like a pipe dream. However, with the increased prevalence of two-tiered partnership structures at many law firms, some job seekers may want to focus on firms with a two-tier partnership structure to increase their chances of ever even making it to partnership.

In short, a two-tiered partnership splits the law firm's partners into two groups: equity and non-equity partners. Being offered a position as either comes with a couple big caveats, as well as a couple big perks.

It's Happening: Fewer Law Students Means More Jobs

The good news is that nearly 3 percent more law graduates got jobs in 2017 than the previous year.

The bad news is that's because there were fewer graduates last year. With declining enrollments in recent years, the graduating class for 2017 shrunk by about 6 percent.

But maybe the bad news is not so bad, after all. When you do the math, fewer sharks in the water means more fish for everybody else.

As a newly minted lawyer facing your first real interview for a job as a lawyer, being prepared is critical. Unfortunately for the uninitiated, getting prepared can be an anxiety inducing whirlwind of scouring the internet for information and talking to yourself in the mirror.

Since the most common place to start when preparing for anything is with the man in the mirror, below, you can find a collection of blog posts to help you prepare for your interview the right way.

It is not every day that an employer can settle a class action employment lawsuit by putting a group of massage therapists on staff, but that's just how Harvard gets things done.

However, before you start thinking that demanding massage therapists will get your lawsuit settled, it should be noted that this class action was filed on behalf of a group of individuals that worked at Harvard, but were improperly classified as independent contractors rather than employees under state law. In addition to being reclassified as employees, the class members will receive up to $30K in back pay for unpaid benefits, as well as be considered part of the university employee union.

Best Law Schools for Landing a BigLaw Job

Comparatively speaking, the 'best law school for landing a BigLaw-job' is in the eye of the beholder.

If you are looking for a BigLaw job based on the best paycheck, that's one thing. If transactional or litigation experience is your goal, that's another. Maybe advancement opportunity, specialization, or work-life balance is your priority.

In any case, the "best" law schools typically provide students with tickets to the "best" law firms. With that in mind, behold the following law schools:

For recent grads not looking to spend their days shuffling pleadings around, scrolling through ediscovery, or commuting from court to court, leveraging that JD for more pay in a non-legal industry job is actually a viable alternative.

Not surprisingly, employers that want JD degrees are looking for people who can understand legal terminology and documents, and apply the law or legal terms practically. For instance, employees that routinely negotiate contracts would certainly benefit from having graduated law school. In the corporate world, this can include more than just human resources positions.

If you're not sitting down, you might want to, because a recent NLJ report breaks down the complete lack of diversity among SCOTUS justices' clerks. And while that probably isn't that surprising, some of the specific stats might be.

For example, the social media favorite, Justice Ginsburg, The Notorious RBG, only hired one African American law clerk in the over two decades she's been a SCOTUS justice (and she never hired an African American clerk while sitting on the Circuit Court in DC).

So, what's going on? If even the justice everyone would've thought would be pro-diversity isn't hiring minorities, are any of the justices? Surprisingly, the High Court does not keep records on this, though that's likely because the majority of clerks have always been, and continue to be, white men.

Below, you can read some highlights, or lowlights, from the report's findings.

One of the biggest hurdles to landing a good job for law students is taking the time to prepare a thoughtful application. That's why over winter break, law students might want to actually consider spending some time on their resumes and cover letters, and maybe even start sending some out.

While it's important to get some rest and relaxation over winter break, slacking on the job hunt really is not an option if you don't have a job or something lined up. Below are a few helpful tips for those law students looking to get the jump on the job search over winter break.

What Are You Getting for Bonus Money?

When you were a kid, what did you do after opening Christmas gifts that had your name on them?

You looked at the rest of the presents to see what others got, right? It's human nature, at least among siblings.

Lawyers are like that when it comes to Christmas bonuses. We want to know what our brothers and sisters are getting.