COVID-19 Resources for Lawyers

Landing the job you want | Over-enrollment blues | Musings on UFOs, embracing sales

Decisions about law school were intensely complicated because of the pandemic. Should students go all in? Defer? Bail altogether? 

Conversations on Above the Law’s Thinking Like a Lawyer and the ABA’s Law Student Podcast reveal the legal ed landscape is still pretty muddy. 

On the positive side, jobs are opening up on traditional paths, and in areas law, students may not have considered before.

Lauren Jackson offers her perspective as the associate director of career services at Howard University School of Law. She has solid advice on landing the job you want, even if that means making the hard decision to pass on a first or second opportunity. She also plays up the value of being open to opportunities that come from left field.

But what if your law school inadvertently enrolled too many students? ATL’s Joe Patrice and Kathryn Rubino discuss the over-enrollment snafus and real fears that too many law students may be competing for too few jobs locally.

Covid-19 ordeal inspires life-changing career move

On the topic of interesting career paths, Asked & Answered’s Stephanie Francis Ward speaks with Above the Law founder David Lat. He recently left his legal recruiting job to return to writing full-time.

Lat shares his insights on the changes to legal work post-pandemic and explains how his own experiences as a Covid-19 survivor inspired him to launch a new publication, Original Jurisdiction, and move his family to the suburbs.

Sales, government cover-ups, and UFO sightings

Sales may be as alien to lawyers as UFOs. Jared Correia ties these two disparate topics together in the latest episode of Legal ToolKit. After some musings about alien landings and government cover-ups, he interviews Erik Bermudez, vice president of strategic partnerships at FileVine. 

Bermudez talks about the unique tech culture in the Silicon Slopes of Utah, the psychology of marketing, and law firms awakening their intellectual curiosity in sales

Confronting accusers when trials move to video

No doubt there’s been a flurry of activity in the development of remote court proceedings, both emergency and possibly permanent. Judges and court administrators take pains to assure rights are protected. But is it time to review how some of these rights are interpreted in the modern era?

On Legal Talk Today, host Laurence Colletti interviews University of California Berkeley School of Law Professor Andrea Roth about the 6th Amendment’s Confrontation Clause. 

Roth walks listeners through the history of the right of confrontation and how lawyers may have played a role in emphasizing the right to cross-examine accusers.

Fundamentals of attorney-client privilege

On Litigation Radio, Dave Scriven-Young interviews Edna Selan Epstein, the lawyer who literally wrote the go-to book on attorney-client privilege. She reflects on the tumultuous period that drew her to law when few women were in the field, growing a young family while in law school and starting her firm.

While Epstein and Scriven-Young discuss the history of attorney-client privilege, waivers, and the cost-benefit analysis of protecting the privilege, segment host Darryl Wilson shares practical tips on the scope and use of the privilege.

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Molly McDonough, a longtime legal affairs journalist, is a producer for the current events show "Legal Talk Today." She also is a media and content strategist with McDonough Media LLC. McDonough previously served as editor and publisher of the ABA’s flagship magazine, the "ABA Journal." She writes about access to justice at "A Just Society."