Hello lovely readers. I have lots of fun reading for you today. There’s this article in LawTalk where I confess to a former life as a fanfiction writer and urge you to make terrible art too. And three articles for LexisNexis: one on how habits trump goals every time, one on how to become an expert at quitting things, and one on how to reconcile the reputation of lawyers against your desire to, you know, not be a slimy partisan jerk.Read More
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New columns: Mental health utopias, millennials using the phone, best habits for a legal career and more
Hello again readers. Let me tell you all the writing March brought with it.Read More
February being the wily thing it is there is just one new column this month: a Dear Katie column on all the things one might be if not a lawyer. Toni Morrison tells us to write what we wish we could read, and this column is dedicated not only to the questioner (hat tip to Claire, 22), but also to the version of me wondering about her future circa 2009.Read More
Hello lovely readers. Bookending Christmas we have two LexisNexis columns: one on fun nonfiction books I have loved and think you might love, which allowed me to get the word out about an adorable science book called Papa Goose, and one on the arguments and mindset that might help if you are contemplating taking a break from legal study, which includes an elaborate metaphor involving a fridge.Read More
A bumper column special: junior work hours / how to know where to practise / macro joy / and a post-Christmas zoom out
Over at Learn Law Life, Jack, 19, asks whether the time I spent at law school prepared me for the hours of being a junior lawyer, Emma asks how to know what area of law to practise in, and I write about the need to include macro joy as a factor in your career decisions.
And finally, over at LawTalk, it’s nearly that time of the year where I wonder if this will be the year I try eggnog. In LawTalk column 924, “In Praise of a post-Christmas zoom out”, I talk about my favourite holiday past times, eating Mackintoshs and taking stock.Read More
In this column I posit that our mental capacity is akin to M&Ms, and our activities akin to bowls, and I really just run with that. It’s a model for understanding mental functioning that helps one plan anything from a day to a life, and it’s something that gets missed when people allocate only resources like time and money. It also helps us all be a bit kinder with ourselves and each other, which is only good.Read More
A reader wrote to me to ask whether anyone other than A+ honours students gets jobs after law school, which is a fair question because the message perpetuated in law school seems to be a resounding no (this is wrong).
In Part 1 of my response I address the issue of grades vs jobs specifically, incorporating information I got from a lovely legal recruiter I know. In Part 2 I zoom right out to the issue of grades and worth, an issue that as a recovering high-achiever (who did not do honours, by the by) I have grappled with for decades now. Even if you’re no longer in the position of receiving letter grades for your work, you can substitute feedback of any kind and get a similar result.Read More
Happy springtime, lovely listeners and readers! My third Dear Katie column is out, in which I would like a prize please for answering a question about exam stress in 1000 words. No doubt we will return to the topic for the other 20,000 words I have in reserve. I hope this little method/mindset combo helps ease some of the more extreme stress that upcoming exams will invite.Read More
This month's LawTalk column is all about something I both think is very important and consistently fail to do: having fun.
This week's Dear Katie asks whether you have to take tax law to be a proper lawyer, to which I say only if you want to be a proper tax lawyer, and then tell my fun anecdote about how I fell in love with tax law (it's just puzzles!).Read More
I am so excited to be able to announce that I am writing an advice column ("Dear Katie") for LexisNexis on their platform for law students and graduates, Learn Law Life. This is a platform covering topics like study and careers and wellbeing and life as a law student and new lawyer, and I am so grateful to be a part of it. I have already written four of the columns and they have been super fun. I am so glad to be able to write for places that let me be human and use phrases like "dumb dumbs" if I want. You can read my first column here.Read More