New York Beer Tasting
Mar 5, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

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Apr 2, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

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Tips On Selling Yourself When the Job Doesn’t Require a JD

Kate Scurria Neville, Esq.

People go to law school for all kinds of reasons. Some are attracted to roles portrayed on programs such as The Practice, Ally McBeal, or—for those of a certain age--LA Law, which of course do not show the long hours required to research the law, review materials, and draft documents, that we all know is necessary. Others go because they are good at school and aren’t sure what else to do, often based on the premise that a law degree will “keep their options open.”

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Are you tired of the same ole’ beer options and that home brewing experiment didn’t work out so well? Join us on March 5th for the next Young Lawyers Connect First Thursdays Event- New York Beer at the New York City Bar. Mingle with other young professionals and enjoy light hors d'oeuvres, while tasting the finest beer New York has to offer. Featuring Brewery Ommegang, Brooklyn Brewery, Coney Island Lager, Defiant Brewing Company, Harlem Brewing Company, He’Brew, the Chosen Beer, Kelso of Brooklyn, Lake Placid Craft Brewing, and Olde Saratoga Brewing Company.
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Mar 12, 8:30-10 am

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Q: I was admitted to practice in 2000 and have been practicing a blend of securities and life insurance law since that time (both in a firm and in-house). I would like to go solo but have little-to-no experience in areas of law, such as real estate and wills and trusts, that I anticipate would provide stable billables. What's the best way to acquire such skills and make the transition? Should I enroll in an estate-planning certificate program at NYU? Should I try to intern at a firm that does residential real estate law? Thank you

Congratulations on your decision to start your own practice. As you further evaluate your options you should try to determine what practice area(s) you intend to focus on. Are you planning to continue your work in the fields of securities and life insurance law and are only looking to other areas to "fill in" the gap in billables as you build up enough business, or are you trying to change your areas of concentration completely? If you seek to do some really basic real estate and wills and estates work I suggest you consider the following steps: More...