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  • Most law students and attorneys have to-do lists that stretch as far as the eye can see.   The legal profession intrinsically attracts people who are organized, who are planners and, let’s face it, who are a bit “Type A.”  Often, these qualities are among the things that make lawyers so successful.  The problem comes when the writer of the to-do list forgets to add a few line items for him or herself.  The needs of clients are important, but so are the needs of the attorney.  Professionalism can slip when an attorney or law student feels overwhelmed.  This lack of care for oneself can cause anger, depression, anxiety and a host of other issues.  If you have been feeling stressed or overwhelmed lately, check out the tips below on how to recharge and unwind. 1)      If your to-do list is the roadmap for your day, make sure to schedule some...

    Self-Care is an Important Aspect of Professionalism

    Most law students and attorneys have to-do lists that stretch as far as the eye can see.   The legal profession intrinsically attracts people who are organized, who are planners and, let’s face it, who are a bit “Type A.”  Often, these qualities are among the things that make lawyers so successful.  The problem comes when the writer of the to-do list forgets to add a few line items for him or herself.  The needs of clients are important, but so are the needs of the attorney.  Professionalism can slip when an attorney or law student feels overwhelmed.  This lack of care for oneself can cause anger, depression, anxiety and a host of other issues.  If you have been feeling stressed or overwhelmed lately, check out the tips below on how to recharge and unwind. 1)      If your to-do list is the roadmap for your day, make sure to schedule some...

  • An attorney’s world is always spinning.  Between work, family commitments and personal time, it seems that there is no time left to foster professional connections.  Keeping up relationships is an important aspect of your career that demonstrates a high degree of professionalism. You may have questions about how to keep up with colleagues while balancing a busy schedule.  Below are some tips to help you strategize and prioritize: Schedule time into your calendar to send emails, make calls or connect through social media.  If you schedule time in advance, you are more likely to follow through.  Be honest with yourself about when you are most likely to have time for outreach.  When you are reaching out, think about how your professional connections prefer to be contacted.  Is he someone you talk with on the phone?  Is she someone who prefers a quick email?  Does he like when you comment on...

    Staying in Touch: The Key to Maintaining Your Professional Relationships

    An attorney’s world is always spinning.  Between work, family commitments and personal time, it seems that there is no time left to foster professional connections.  Keeping up relationships is an important aspect of your career that demonstrates a high degree of professionalism. You may have questions about how to keep up with colleagues while balancing a busy schedule.  Below are some tips to help you strategize and prioritize: Schedule time into your calendar to send emails, make calls or connect through social media.  If you schedule time in advance, you are more likely to follow through.  Be honest with yourself about when you are most likely to have time for outreach.  When you are reaching out, think about how your professional connections prefer to be contacted.  Is he someone you talk with on the phone?  Is she someone who prefers a quick email?  Does he like when you comment on...

  • Justice Margaret O’Mara Frossard (ret.) Associate Dean of Professionalism & Career Strategy (JMLS) Recently there has been a great amount of attention focused on the 2013 Law School Survey of Student Engagement (LSSSE) with many articles seeking to interpret the data. See, for instance, this Wall Street Journal blog post: http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2014/01/28/what-do-law-students-think-about-law-school/. The LSSSE collects data across 90 individual measures of student engagement and satisfaction, including those in academic, interpersonal and administrative categories. Over the past several years, students at The John Marshall Law School generally report experiences that are similar to their over 34,000 peers at 95 law schools who respond to the survey each year. When Dean Corkery and the administration at JMLS find areas of concern, however, we act. Student comments related to lack of adequate water fountains led to the installation of several “bottomless” water coolers that have already been enjoyed hundreds of times. We began streamlining...

    You Talk, We Listen: The Importance of the Upcoming Law School Survey of Student Engagement (LSSSE)

    Justice Margaret O’Mara Frossard (ret.) Associate Dean of Professionalism & Career Strategy (JMLS) Recently there has been a great amount of attention focused on the 2013 Law School Survey of Student Engagement (LSSSE) with many articles seeking to interpret the data. See, for instance, this Wall Street Journal blog post: http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2014/01/28/what-do-law-students-think-about-law-school/. The LSSSE collects data across 90 individual measures of student engagement and satisfaction, including those in academic, interpersonal and administrative categories. Over the past several years, students at The John Marshall Law School generally report experiences that are similar to their over 34,000 peers at 95 law schools who respond to the survey each year. When Dean Corkery and the administration at JMLS find areas of concern, however, we act. Student comments related to lack of adequate water fountains led to the installation of several “bottomless” water coolers that have already been enjoyed hundreds of times. We began streamlining...