Author: Dollar Barrister

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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Five tips for successfully navigating phone interviews and screeners for in-house counsel positions

Phone screens may seem like relatively low-stress, comparatively “easy” interviews to deal with. But unless you prepare properly you could be putting your chances of moving on to the next round in jeopardy. Here are five tips for handling the phone screener so you’re ready to dive into this critical step in the interview process.

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Reflecting on how I survived the 2008 financial crisis as a law firm associate, ten years later

The financial crisis is now ten years behind us, but I still find myself thinking about that time in my life. This fall, I’m reflecting on how I was able to navigate the treacherous waters of financial crisis and law firm drama by being both proactive and lucky (but mostly lucky). With markets pushing all-time highs while debt is piling up across the world, I have some thoughts on my experience that fall and into early 2009 which I hope will serve me – and you – well if we enter another similar downturn in the near future.

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