Friday, November 03, 2006

The Curmudgeon's Guide to Practicing Law

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Mark Herrmann, The Curmudgeon's Guide to Practicing Law (ABA 2006).

This slim volume of blunt, but humorous, advice for new law firm associates is right on target. The curmudgeon's advice covers assignments that a new associate is likely to receive, including research, writing, defending depositions, and arguing an appeal, as well as everyday matters such as billing, etiquette, what to expect from an assistant, and how to treat a client.

I recommend this book for anyone about to begin work at a law firm as an associate or summer associate, and for any second- or third-year law student. The cover price seems high, but it is worth it to have this information before you begin employment with a firm you want to impress. The price is discounted for members of the ABA's section of litigation or law student division.

You can see the table of contents and read chapter one at the ABA website, and the Law Blog is running a series of excerpts this week:

You can check out The Curmudgeon's Guide to Practicing Law in the law library at KF300 .H47 2006.

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