Sunday, September 7, 2008

Keeping it Fresh

Thanks for all your suggestions.  It is useful to hear feedback.  I've actually really wanted to expand beyond the interviewing/OCI/callback/law student postings but kept getting questions about those issues.  In the future, I will address more "actual practice" topics, including participating in firm social events and firm administrative committees, bar associations, etc., as well as positioning yourself for advancement and plotting exit strategies.  By the way, I've noticed many of you readers appear to be young male law students.  Are there any women out there?  Just wondering since I haven't heard from any and I have a "guest" poster who would like to address issues particular to women in the law.  

In terms of increasing readership, I know the blog got some attention from abovethelaw.com, abajournal.com and the Wall Street Journal law blog when it first went online.  But feel free to share with your friends and others.  We can all learn from each other, so the more participation, the better.  Even though I have been practicing for a number of years, I know I continue to learn.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

WOW, HP, just because we're anonymous, doesn't mean we're male. I posted last time and I'm definitely a woman.

Anonymous said...

ditto

Anonymous said...

Yup, woman here too.

Anonymous said...

Woman here too as well.

Anonymous said...

As a woman, it would be great to hear some thoughts about whether there are particular things I might want to look for in selecting a firm. Also, it's kind of awkward to ask about family issues during an interview...any thoughts on how to get that information?

Anonymous said...

Another woman... I am also wondering if there is any bias against young female applicants because of the assumption that they will want to obtain a flex schedule in the future should the applicant start a family. I have no intention of having children, but I would like to be aware of any bias against me.

Anonymous said...

I'm a man, but I'd like to know about family issues, too. Specifically, how can I find out whether a firm's paternity policy is realistically available to junior associates, and whether taking paternity leave and/or a part-time schedule will have long-term negative consequences for my career with the firm?

e. said...

Another woman here. (I've posted before under the same name.)

All right, a gender-specific question: some 'experts' advise women to wear skirt suits to interviews rather than pant suits. To be frank, I've been ignoring this advice, and as far as I know this has done me no harm. But what do I know? Maybe I would have made a much better impression in a skirt suit. So: HP, do you know anyone in your position who would count it as a strike against a female applicant to appear in a (non-flashy, conservative) pant suit?

Anonymous said...

I'm a woman. HP, I think it would be helpful if you could identify the region of the US in which you live or of which you write in each post. Gender and attire issues can vary dramatically, in my experience.

Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed reading your blog....my partner is applying for summer associates...

I would like you to write about how significant others, partners, and wives can help in this process. Most of us want to help our partners but it often feels like a "closed and mysterious" club.

Here's hoping that HP or that HP has a wife or partner who might shed some light on this subject matter. Kind regards, Me.