Darin Thompson's CPD Podcast | #5 Getting your Law Dream Job - Lauryn Kerr | 1.5 Hours of CPD
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What is Lauryn's recommendation for law school education?
More theoretical instruction.
Computer software coding instruction.
More practical instruction and skills development in a range of practice areas.
None of the above.
What was a key shift Lauryn made to find a great law job?
Deciding to work harder, put in more hours and out-grind other lawyers.
Sticking with a job she didn't like in order to gain valuable years of experience.
Making a mental shift to be open to non-traditional legal work.
All of the above.
What is one characteristic of legal work in a government environment?
Working on "big" things.
Joining breakfast groups focused on networking and referral generation.
Accessing an expense account to do lunches and dinners with prospective clients.
Having zero work-life balance.
If you apply for a law job and don't get it...
...it can be disappointing
...it's pretty normal
...you should keep trying and applying
...it could turn out to be a benefit in the long run
All of the above
What is a potential consequence for female professionals in law and other workplace environments?
You'll always have an advantage because of gender-equity policies.
People who don't know you, or know your role, might assume you're in a meeting just to take notes.
Why can it be difficult to engage law students in discussions about problems facing the legal profession?
Because they're millennials and don't care about anything.
Because most of them just want to go into academia.
They are investing a lot of time, effort and money to get into the profession, putting them in a difficult position to hear sharp or wide-ranging criticisms about it.
What is the point of the "flea story" for law students?
Like most of Darin's stories, there is no point.
We should avoid the infestation of disruptive ideas.
Lawyers should remember that they don't need to keep doing things the way they have been done, and that at earlier points in their life, they were more open to new ideas and experimentation.
Bragging about meeting the bass player for the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Pick the best answer to describe legal knowledge engineering.
Knowledge engineering is a mix of art and science.
Knowledge engineering uses logic.
Knowledge engineering converts knowledge into a rule-based format.
Knowledge engineering is a process that takes knowledge from human experts and puts it into a computer-based format.
Knowledge engineering requires good facilitation skills.
All of the above.
What can you do with key performance indicators in a law or justice context?
Set quantified targets to measure the success of your services.
Guarantee a win in every litigation file.
Eliminate most of the steps in transactional legal files.
What impact(s) can working at home have on work/life balance?
It can make it easier to fit non-work (e.g. exercise) activities into your lifestyle.
It can make it harder to set boundaries between work and non-work time.
Both of the above.
What makes it harder for people to go after their legal "dream job"?
Fear of taking career risks.
Feeling it's easier to take a safe, comfortable path, even if it doesn't make you happy.
Being unwilling to accept the "what if this doesn't work out?" possibilities.
All of the above.
What advice does Lauryn have for people wanting to find a unique law job?
Outperform other lawyers around you in traditional practice to prove your worth.
Let people know that you are interested and open to new types of law jobs, including short term positions.
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