In this glut marketplace of legal talent, it's almost irrelevant if you lose a prestigious position or get knocked out of the box as a second-year associate. The economic reality is this: You do not have a job.
You bet, the game has become binary: Either you are working in the legal sector or you are not working in the legal sector.
It's an eye-roller to hear a lawyer or law student spouting about "being near to being hired." Crudely speaking, former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is out of work.
So, it's very good news to hear that Barbara McQuade has been hired as a professor of practice at her alma mater the University of Michigan Law School. She had been the former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan.
At Michigan, reports lawyer-journalist Kathryn Rubino at Abovethelaw.com, McQuade will teach criminal law, criminal procedure and national security law. Here are all the details from Rubino.
With the implosion of so many industries, landing a new position fast enhances one's brand. It used to be okay to position and package yourself as "waiting for the right thing." Currently during that wait, your network can distance itself. After all, the networking game is about trading favors. When you're not employed or operating a profitable business, you don't have a lot to trade.
That's exactly why sidelined lawyers, including those from in-house positions, shouldn't get too comfortable in outplacement. That is a tool to re-enter the workforce. It is professional suicide to identify oneself as "in outplacement." Only two categories are valid: Having a job or not having a job.
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