Listening to punctuation

Thanks to Julie Schrager, counsel and legal writing coach at Schiff Hardin, for this guest post.  I have been desperately trying to find a way to write about exclamation points. I grew up in a time when they were reserved for exclamations: “Congratulations on winning that game!” or “That’s the reason he got that promotion!” Lynne … Continue reading Listening to punctuation

It’s interview season

For law students working on fall campus-interviewing opportunities, here is a roundup of posts on listening during interviews: Using social media to "listen" (i.e. monitor) the legal job market and prepare for interviews Listening during interviews: advice for law students Effective listening during callback interviews And a few additional posts of interest to candidates facing … Continue reading It’s interview season

Listening for summer associates

A successful summer-associate experience means doing good work and creating good social impressions. Listening skills can help with both. The assignment and the work The most obvious place to talk about listening and work product is in the incredibly important meeting where the senior lawyer communicates the assignment.Here’s a checklist for listening while taking an … Continue reading Listening for summer associates

Steal their listening

Keith Lee’s book The Marble and the Sculptor: From Law School to Law Practice (ABA 2013) is a bracing, honest, challenging compendium of advice for new lawyers. I would strongly recommend it to upper-level law students and new lawyers. (See also his blog, Associate's Mind, as well as his columns in Above the Law.) One chapter in Keith's book that caught my … Continue reading Steal their listening

“Listening” to the legal job market

"Listening" on social media is not really listening (which requires spoken or nonverbal input) -- but it's an essential skill for lawyers and law students nonetheless. Practicing lawyers can use social media to understand more about their clients and competition, as legal marketing and social media expert Nancy Myrland discusses here. Listening to social media is valuable … Continue reading “Listening” to the legal job market

Checklists for listening

The checklist is a surprisingly simple yet effective tool for improving performance in fields from aviation to construction to medicine to law. Checklists help professionals catch what Dr. Atul Gawande, the chief evangelist of checklists in the workplace, calls "the stupid stuff." Checklists also assist with collaborative work on large, complex projects. Complex challenges may … Continue reading Checklists for listening

For law students: summer evaluations and listening

Name a skill that summer employers may or may not evaluate directly, but that can enhance performance on every skill they do evaluate. Yes, it’s listening. Most obviously, listening is relevant to the soft skills most employers are likely to evaluate. But listening also influences “harder” skills such as research and writing. And listening is … Continue reading For law students: summer evaluations and listening