"I'm a self-starter and a real people person!"

It’s the top cliché of job interviews everywhere (right up there with “I think my only real weakness is that I’m a perfectionist”), but it’s also what it takes to be successful as a lawyer.  That’s always been the case, but all the more so these days.  It’s not about liking to argue a lot—law schools are looking for applicants who are self-directed, entrepreneurial and know how to get along with others.  Not surprisingly, this is what we heard over and over again from hiring attorneys and law school admission officials at the recent conference of the Northeast Association of Pre-Law Advisors.  I’m working on some more in-depth posts from the conference, and you’ll see them soon, but in the meantime, I wanted to share this article with you about the increase in solo practitioners—it provides some more evidence about the importance of taking the initiative, and creating your own opportunities.  The money quote comes from Rachel Rodgers, a 2009 Cardozo law grad who runs her own practice out of her home in Phoenix:

“I say screw the economy,” Rodgers said. “You worked hard, you got your law degree, so make something happen with it.”