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Knowledge is Power: Preparing to Negotiate Your Compensation Package

Preparation is key to effectively negotiating your compensation when either starting a new job or asking for a raise. Before negotiating, do your research to establish a reasonable salary range, know your bottom line and non-negotiables, consider alternative concessions, understand the employer’s constraints, recognize their “pain points” and your value in alleviating them. Don’t forget…
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The Top 7 Reasons to Hire Your First In-house Attorney

When and why should an emerging company bring an attorney in-house?   Employment and HR issues—hiring, firing, and compensating executives, employees, and independent contractors; creating an up-to-date employee handbook; and providing mandated trainings Compliance with local, state, and federal laws and regulations impacting your business Financing and other growth/exit strategies Contracts and agreements—including real estate…
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Show Me the Money!

Money shouldn’t be the primary motive for a career move, but it’s an important factor. In a down market, lawyers have little bargaining power; but in good times, law firms compete financially for the best and the brightest. Historically, elite New York law firms led the pack in associate salary increases, and other firms struggled…
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New Bar Exam Shorter but Not Easier

With the adoption of the UBE, or Unified Bar Exam, the test in many U.S. jurisdictions is shorter but, most likely, not any easier. Even California, which didn’t adopt the UBE, reduced the test from three days to two as of July 2017. By reputation, California and New York vie for the toughest Bar Exams…
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