21 Aug 2021

Podcast: Interview with Author on Resilience & Former Biglaw Hiring Partner Clint Schumacher

In this podcast, Mike interviews Clint Schumacher — author, podcaster, and former biglaw hiring partner — on resilience in the legal profession, imposter syndrome in law school, what hiring partners look for in applicants, and more.

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17 Mar 2021

Podcast: Interview with a Biglaw Partner (Jeff Chapman, Gibson Dunn Co-Chair of Global M&A)

In this podcast, Mike interviews Jeff Chapman: Partner, Co-Chair of Global Mergers and Acquisitions, and Executive Committee Member at Gibson Dunn.

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14 Jan 2021

What Law School Doesn’t Teach You

Law school, you may have heard, trains you to “think like a lawyer.” What does it mean to think like a lawyer?

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11 Jun 2020

Podcast: Recession Job Search Tips You Won’t Hear from Career Services

Mike Spivey served as a law school dean of career services during the Great Recession, and in this podcast he shares actionable advice for legal networking that you won't hear from your CSO.

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18 May 2020

The Bimodal Salary Of Starting Lawyers

Too few applicants know this — this is actually what starting salaries look like for those right out of law school.

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18 Dec 2019
16 Sep 2019

The simple psychology behind rapid career advancement

In a sense, this is a blog post 25 years in the making.

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06 Aug 2019

4 Truths about On-Campus Interviews ("OCI") that Law School Applicants Should Know

Every year at the end of the summer, law schools invite law firms to their campuses to interview students for jobs.

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29 Mar 2019

How to choose between a higher ranked school at sticker price and a lower ranked school with a scholarship

Introduction We were asked to write about choosing between a T14 school at sticker (full tuition) versus a T20 to T30 school with merit aid. The below constitutes our best stab at that, but please keep in mind that, as always, these are arbitrary cutoff points based on one flawed rankings system and not designed for you as an individual. Point being that a school ranked 18 may be much more valuable to you for any number of reasons that a school ranked 13, etc. If you want to read or watch more

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19 Jun 2018

The Top Two Traits of Leadership

If you can be good at one thing, you can be good at anything. Leadership has always fascinated me (in fact much of my doctoral program work in Higher Education Leadership was on just that) — but more precisely — people who always seem to successfully lead organizations and teams are the most intriguing, and for obvious and self-serving reasons — I'd like to emulate them. That number of "successful at whatever they do" leaders, however, gets surprisingly low very quickly. There are many people

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