Monday, March 20, 2006

Law Career Blog is on the Map

Well, this is cool. In my regular perusing of the blogosphere, I check Concurring Opinions, a very good Law Prof blog by a variety of blogging superstars with the narrowly tailored focus of "the Law, the Universe, and Everything." It always pays to keep your feet on the ground and your tongue in your cheek, I suppose. In a truly herculean post on that site, Professor Daniel Solove at George Washington has provided a census of currently known law prof bloggers, and my blog is on the list. Hurray for the internet! Not that I thought I was invisible, but it is nice to be noticed.

Again, Solove's post is a true monster, in the good sense of being excellent work product and highly interesting to boot. Check it out here.


Anonymous said...

Hello. Now you've got a reader from Australia.

The choice between a big or small firm is great to have. In my environment I don't have that option. From what I hear 1 in 4 graudates find work (Articles of Clerkship) in my jurisdiction (Western Australia). I'd love to have the choice.

I agree it is best to start at a big firm and work down in most circumstances because it opens up many more career options, but that option is just not available to everybody.

I have been through the big firms with vacation clerkships and I have discovered that the big firms aren't really that great to work for. Much of the culture and working environment is a result of public perception of the firm. Big firms run with big clients and chase big money.

Gregory W. Bowman said...

Welcome to Law Career Blog, Marco! It's nice to have readers from down under.

Your point about smaller legal markets is an excellent one. If you are in a small town or in a sparsely populated region, you may not have much of a choice. In that case, many people end up hanging out their own shingle.

And even when the choice of a big firm is available, it is not for everyone, like you say. When you chase big clients and big money, the work, the law firm culture and the mindset of the lawyers involved does change. I am not at all saying that's per se bad, but it does affect the working environment--and it means big firms are not for everyone.