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Maria Laus

Maria Laus

Bio: Maria Laus earned her degree at De La Salle University. She worked as a Business Development Manager for a recruitment firm for several years before transitioning into journalism.

Role: As an author of legal career news articles for LawCrossing.com, Maria's role is to keep legal professionals up to date on the latest trends and developments in the legal job market. Her articles cover a wide range of topics, including job openings, salary trends, and changes in the legal landscape. Maria’'s articles provide valuable insights into the legal industry and help legal professionals make informed decisions about their careers. She also writes advice articles on career management, job searching, and other relevant topics to help readers advance in their legal careers.

Law Firm Recruitment Sees A Sharp Decline Amidst Staff Layoffs and Reduced Demand

Lateral hiring in law firms witnessed a significant decline in 2023 across all ranks, marking a stark 35% drop compared to previous years. The National Association for Law Placement's (NALP) latest report reveals that associates experienced the most significant setback, with a staggering 45% decrease in lateral hiring.

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KU Law Achieves 100% Ultimate Bar Exam Pass Rate

The University of Kansas School of Law has secured the top spot among 195 ABA-approved law schools nationwide, boasting a remarkable 100% ultimate bar passage rate for all graduates in the calendar year 2021. This achievement, confirmed by the American Bar Association (ABA), underscores the exceptional success of KU Law graduates in navigating the bar exam within two years...

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Honoring Generosity: The 2024 Donors and Scholars Luncheon

Alumni and supporters gathered alongside Columbia Law students for a heartwarming celebration of generosity and academic excellence at the annual Donors and Scholars Luncheon. The event, held on March 4, provided a platform to express gratitude to those whose contributions have paved the way for aspiring legal minds.

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Harvard Law School has Chosen New Leaders

Déborah V. Aléxis and John M. Fossum, both second-year students at Harvard Law School, have secured the positions of co-presidents for the Harvard Law School Student Government for the academic term of 2024-2025. Their roles will encompass spearheading initiatives aimed at enriching student life and advocating for student interests to the HLS administration and faculty.

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Franita Tolson Appointed Dean of USC Gould School of Law

Franita Tolson, an esteemed figure in election law and voting rights, has been named the dean and Carl Mason Franklin Chair in Law at the USC Gould School of Law. Tolson's appointment marks a historic moment as she becomes the first Black dean and second female dean in USC Gould's history. With a wealth of knowledge in constitutional law and voting rights, Tolson brings a...

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Exploring the Transformative Trends in Legal Recruitment for 2024

In the dynamic realm of legal recruitment, the year 2024 stands as a pivotal period characterized by profound shifts. Propelled by technological innovations, a renewed emphasis on diversity, and the evolving demands of the legal sector, these trends are poised to redefine the strategies employed by law firms and legal departments in attracting and retaining top talent....

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Evolving Partner Compensation Strategies in Elite Law Firms

In the dynamic realm of elite law firms, shifts in partner compensation strategies are not merely internal adjustments but pivotal responses to evolving market dynamics. Recent adaptations by Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison have triggered a domino effect, reshaping how top-tier firms approach rewarding their partners.

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Colorado Law Talent Show: A Revived Tradition

In a heartwarming revival of a cherished tradition, Colorado Law Democrats and the Class of 2025 officers recently organized a talent show, bringing together the law school community for an evening of entertainment and camaraderie.

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The Rise of Workplace Ghosting

The phenomenon of "ghosting" isn't limited to dating; it's increasingly prevalent in the workplace, posing risks to both employers and job seekers, according to career experts.

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ABA Proposal: Expanding Diversity Standards in Law Schools

The American Bar Association (ABA) is considering significant revisions to its diversity standards for law schools, aiming to foster greater inclusivity within legal education institutions.

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Navigating the Evolution of Document Automation in Legal Practice

In the contemporary legal landscape, document automation stands out as a pivotal tool for reshaping traditional practices. With its ability to simplify document creation and streamline workflows, it has become indispensable for law firms. This article embarks on an exploration of the latest advancements in document automation, delving into strategic acquisitions, the...

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U.S. Department of Education Unveils Progress on 2024–25 Better FAFSA® Implementation

In a significant development, the U.S. Department of Education, led by Secretary Miguel Cardona, has provided updates on the ongoing Better FAFSA® implementation for the 2024–25 academic year. These efforts aim to enhance the transformative potential of Better FAFSA, ensuring increased accessibility to higher education for a broader spectrum of students.

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An Innovative Shift in Law School Admissions: JD-Next

The landscape of law school admissions is experiencing a significant paradigm shift with the emergence of JD-Next, a novel alternative to traditional standardized tests like the LSAT and GRE. Spearheaded by the University of Arizona, JD-Next is poised to challenge the longstanding hegemony of standardized testing in legal education.

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Embracing Automation: Transforming the Legal Landscape

The legal industry is undergoing a transformative shift, where the adoption of automation technologies is becoming imperative for firms to stay competitive. According to Bruce Karlson, CEO of Word-Tech, a Kansas-based task automation company, success in today's legal landscape hinges on three key factors: smart people, smart data, and smart business practices.

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U.S. Supreme Court Declines Appeal Challenging Admissions Policy at Elite Virginia Public School

In a significant decision on Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal challenging the admissions policy at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, a renowned Virginia public school. The appeal, led by a coalition of parents and students, contended that the school's revised admissions policy unfairly discriminated against Asian Americans. This...

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U.S. House Leaders Establish Bipartisan Task Force to Address AI Concerns

In a significant move on Tuesday, leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives announced the formation of a bipartisan task force dedicated to exploring potential legislation aimed at addressing concerns surrounding artificial intelligence (AI). Despite various high-level forums and legislative proposals over the past year, efforts in Congress to pass comprehensive...

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Rethinking Productivity Metrics: Overcoming Bias in Remote and Hybrid Work Environments

In a modern work landscape where flexibility and efficiency reign supreme, the traditional measures of productivity based on desk time are proving to be outdated and ineffective. This article delves into the challenges faced by managers in evaluating remote and hybrid workers, shedding light on the pervasive issue of proximity bias and its impact on performance...

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Cravath, Swaine & Moore Faces Partner Departures Despite Strategy Shifts

In a recent development, Cravath, Swaine & Moore witnessed the departure of three partners to rival law firms in January, marking a notable shift in the firm's partnership landscape. This trend reflects a broader pattern seen across New York firms, where partnership transitions are becoming increasingly common.

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Law Firms Wrap Up 2023 with Strong Financial Performance

A recent industry report, released on Monday, sheds light on the robust financial standing of law firms as they conclude 2023. Despite a sluggish start earlier in the year, profits surged in the fourth quarter, marking a significant turnaround from the challenges experienced in 2022. The report, the latest Thomson Reuters Law Firm Financial Index, meticulously tracks the...

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Hogan Lovells: Setting New Records in 2023

Hogan Lovells achieved extraordinary success in 2023, reporting unprecedented global revenue and equity partner profits. The firm's gross revenue surged to $2.68 billion, representing a remarkable 10.3% increase. Profits per equity partner experienced a substantial 20% boost, reaching an impressive $2.7 million. Additionally, the revenue-per-lawyer metric hit an all-time...

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