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How lawyers can avoid burnout and debilitating anxiety

Soon after graduating from New York University School of Law and joining the corporate practice of a white-shoe Manhattan law firm, Will Meyerhofer gained 45 pounds, was sleep-deprived and was frequently sick. "I was a nervous wreck. I was shattered," says Meyerhofer, who'd also graduated from Harvard. "Even though I got to the very top, I was treated like an idiot and I felt I didn't belong in the field. I was a mess. At the end of the day, I really only looked forward to seeing my dog."

I Have Been A Law Firm Partner For A Year. How Is It Different From Life As An Associate?

So when the shareholders at my law firm extended me an invitation to become an owner, I hesitated. The thought of becoming a business owner troubled my inner commitment-phobe. But eventually I signed on, mostly out of curiosity and also because the thought of having people call me their boss sounded hilarious.

Top 10 law schools for people who actually want to become lawyers

No huge surprise: The list is dominated by schools in the top 15 of U.S. News & World Report’s law school ranking. However, Yale -- the No. 1 law school in the country according to U.S. News -- doesn’t make the top 10: It has an employment rate of 91.3%, lower than most of its top tier rivals, and a bar pass rate of 91.9%, only good enough for 14th place in that category.

How to: return to the profession

How do you revive your legal career after taking a lengthy break? Jonathan Rayner found out at a returner course.
The room is crammed with dormant talent primed to awake. Delegate after delegate talks from the floor of years in practice, some in the City, others in-house, still others in government. But their careers, we hear, are currently ‘paused’, to use a newly popular term, by children and other caring commitments. Or they have followed, often abroad, where their partners’ careers have led. It is a familiar story and there is no apparent bitterness. It has ever been thus, seems the common perception.

Attorneys share how military service has helped shape their legal careers

In 1957, James C. “Jim” Rinaman Jr. was at a crossroad.

Should the young U.S. Army Armor Branch first lieutenant continue his promising military career in the regular Army or pursue his dream of becoming an attorney?

Rinaman ultimately went with his father’s advice, which he said sounds like something Yogi Berra might have said: If you can’t decide what to do, pick the alternative that leaves the most alternatives open.

The Law School Debt Crisis

If this sounds like a scam, that’s because it is. Florida Coastal, in Jacksonville, is one of six for-profit law schools in the country that have been vacuuming up hordes of young people, charging them outrageously high tuition and, after many of the students fail to become lawyers, sticking taxpayers with the tab for their loan defaults.

Yet for-profit schools are not the only offenders. A majority of American law schools, which have nonprofit status, are increasingly engaging in such behavior, and in the process threatening the future of legal education.

Computer vs. Lawyer? Many Firm Leaders Expect Computers to Win

Junior lawyers are used to feeling like cogs in a machine. According to a new report, a surprising number of law firm leaders expect to be able to replace them with actual machines—and soon.

In a large-scale survey released this month, 35 percent of law firm leaders said they could envision replacing first-year associates with law-focused computer intelligence within the next five to 10 years. That's up from less than a quarter of respondents who gave the same answer in 2011.