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Q: I have not actively practiced law for a number of years, working most recently as an administrator. I would like to reenter the practice of law. What can I do to become better able to market myself to potential clients and brush up on my litigation skills?

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Q: My first and only job since graduating from law school in 2007 has been as an Assistant D.A.. After 4.5 years at DA's office, I am now looking to transition out of criminal law and into the private sector, specifically into the area of wills, trusts and estates. I do not have experience in those fields of law, outside of my law school courses, but what can I do to make myself marketable to those firms that emphasize those practice areas?

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Q: One of my former law school friends referred me to her current law firm. I have been invited back twice and the interviews seem to be going well and I would really like to work there. It has, however, been a week since I have had heard back from them. Is it all right for me to call the partner that I interviewed with to see where I stand?

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Q: I am trying to find a job in copyright and trademark for this summer; hopefully one that will also be permanent job after graduation next May. What is the best way to prepare myself for this field while still in school? What are the best firms to work for- both in prestige/pay and balance?

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