Five things I learned about myself from training for and finishing the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon

On Sunday, November 4, I finished the New York City Marathon for the second time, cutting 20 minutes off my last marathon. I’m really proud to call myself a two-time marathoner, but I struggled mightily on the back half of the course after running way too hard at the start. But over the last week I’ve been reflecting on my training and finishing and I feel really good about things heading into the 2019 running season, where my goal is to run NYC again and cut another 20 minutes off my time – but hopefully much more than that. Here are a few things I learned from my training, which I think are worthy takeaways for law practice – and professional life, too.

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How to prepare for a behavioral-based (STAR) interview at a company like Amazon

STAR: situation, task, action, result. If you’re a law firm associate, and went through your law school’s OCI process, you’re probably not used to this method of interviewing. So how do you prepare when the interviewers are more interested in how you reason through a line of questioning that doesn’t involve walking through your CV? Fortunately there are some tips and tricks that can help you stand out from the crowd. STAR-based interviewing is being used more widely – especially in the tech world. (Amazon, for example, is notorious for using this type of interview structure exclusively.) If you’re a lawyer looking to go in-house at a tech company, you should definitely prepare yourself for a very different experience than when you participated in OCI during law school.

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How law firm associates should write a cover letter for their first in-house counsel position

By far, our most popular article here at Dollar Barrister over the last year has been about the form of cover letter I used to land my in-house counsel positions at multiple Fortune 150 companies. But just to be clear, that cover letter is not primarily geared at law firm associates who are looking to jump in-house. It’s really for a seasoned corporate counsel that is looking to transition into another company. So, for that reason, I have prepared another form of cover letter and posted it for you over at our Dollar Barrister shop. This form is specifically tailored for law firm associates (ideally between the third and sixth year of practice) who are looking to make the jump into an in-house corporate counsel role. And there are some important differences between these two cover letter templates, which you should note even if you aren’t going to use either of them as the basis for your in-house counsel cover letter.

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Thirteen years after graduation, I finally paid off my law school loans – here’s how I did it

Just over 13 years since I graduated from law school, my loans are finally paid off in full! I’m really excited about this, with good reason, so I thought I would share with you some thoughts on how I did it – both the good and (some) bad choices that I made over the years. Even if you were lucky enough to get a full scholarship or have a rich uncle pay your way in full, I still think there are some good lessons you’ll take away my experience that you can apply to paying down other debt that you still have on the books.

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How I used an Excel spreadsheet to become a millionaire – and you can too

“What gets measured gets improved” is one of my personal mantras, and in net worth it applies more critically than anything else. To do this for our family finances, I decided to stay away from an online net worth service and started my own spreadsheet to keep track of things. This was the best thing I ever did. And now I’m really excited to share a public version of that spreadsheet with you!

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