If you are attempting to do some last minute shopping for your legal assistant, secretary, or paralegal, we have some good news for you-the shopping on this front is going to be pretty easy. Unless you have a close enough relationship with this person that something more, well, personalized, is appropriate, a survey of folks in that profession suggests that the answer is very simple: straight cash money.
Briefly perusing the internet shows a few hilarious suggestions, like highly generic coffee mugs that just sub in the word "paralegal" for "nurse" or "teacher" or literally any other job with a modicum of stress; desk accessories (admittedly useful, but who wants even more job stuff from their boss?); and even the real classics like scented candles and yoga lessons. Needless to say, they don't actually want that stuff. Cash or an equivalent (like an Amazon gift card) is not only fine but preferable. The real question, then, is how much money you should give.
The rule of thumb we've heard repeated is a pretty simple one: $100 for every year of seniority. So, a fifth year associate would give $500, while partners are probably into four digits (but hey, you can afford it). We recommend keeping it simple and reasonably generous. We know you appreciate all the wonderful work your staff performs for you throughout the year, and you can make them pretty happy without sweating the details.
'Tis the season for gift giving, and if you have a lawyer or law student on your list, look no further than Vault's holiday gift ideas! Lawyers and law students are a stressed bunch, often with type-A personalities and a (sometimes irritating) tendency to think they are always right.
(ripped off from derek)
One L: The Turbulent True Story of a First Year at Harvard Law School, by Scott Turow ($13.95)
Law school classic. Re-experience those Socratically-induced clammy palms and night sweats!
The New Yorker Book of Lawyer Cartoons ($22.00) The Verdict (Two-Disc Collector's Edition), starring Paul Newman and directed by Sidney Lumet ($10.99)
Because it’s full of cartoons about lawyers!
Washed-up ambulance-chasing lawyer redeems himself in court.
The New Yorker Book of Lawyer Cartoons ($22.00)
The Verdict (Two-Disc Collector's Edition), starring Paul Newman and directed by Sidney Lumet ($10.99)
For those who are invested in such things, be they prospective students assessing which school to attend or alumni wondering how the prestige of their alma mater is faring, the new US News law rankings released on March 28. There was one extremely significant event in the ranking shifts this year, as some predicted given the changes in US News' methodology over last year.
You’ve just received word that your job is going to switch to the fully remote paradigm. That means no more travel expenses or traffic, no more rushing frenetically from place to place, and no more of the crushing outfit dilemma you’ve faced with each new day.
On Friday, May 20, 2022, Vault Law will host an OCI Readiness Summit for law students looking to prepare for and find summer and other associate positions through OCI. You can register for this free informational summit here, and learn more about it below.