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Dear Katie, what can I be if not a lawyer?

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.

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Books that are fun to read / Why you might take a break from studying law

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.

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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.

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Dear Katie: A theory of M&Ms and bowls

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.

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Dear Katie: How important are grades? (Parts 1 and 2)

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.

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Two for one: Column 921: Let's have some fun out there / Dear Katie: Should I take tax law?

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!).  

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Column 919 - Networking for those who hate networking

This month's column deals with a topic I hate: networking.  I get asked how to network if you hate networking quite a lot, and this really is my best answer.  Networking is horrible because it takes the humanity out of social interactions and replaces it with salesmanship.  Nobody likes a salesman (our brains go on high alert when we think we're being sold) and most people don't like selling.  But, dear readers, there are other ways to peel an orange, and this is mine.  This is a method that can still technically be called networking but is really just hanging out with cool people and learning fun things.  Granted, it starts out a bit scary, but boy does it deliver. 

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Column 918: Join the giving lifestyle today. Now, with boundaries!

You can now read this month's column here, in which I talk about how living from a place of giving, when coupled with beautifully strong and reinforced boundaries, can be the most promising and enjoyable way to be, not to mention the most likely to be successful.  

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Column 916 - It's not that bad, except it is

Phew.  Well.  The topic of this column is the culture I observed in the legal profession and how the worst wrongs sit atop giant below-surface ice bergs of smaller wrongs gone un-examined.  It's a topic that has been burning a hole in me for quite some time but one I haven't felt able to discuss.  Which is kind of the point.  (You can read it here.)

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Column 915 - Watch out for lawyer creep

This column is about keeping your lawyer skills within the lawyer domain as much as possible, and not letting them leech into other areas where they may not be as useful.  Of course, when I wrote this column back in January (a simpler time when Me Too and Times Up were but months and weeks old), the New Zealand legal profession was not grappling quite so directly with the issue of lawyer creeps, so the title is now a little unfortunate. 

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Column 914: You do not have to be a lawyer

Hello friends - isn't 2018 cosy so far?  I bring you today the first column of the year, with the year's first podcast episode to come next week.

This column deals with a subject close to my heart: not having to be a lawyer.  I hope that this news (if it is news) will make you feel relieved and/or excited.  You can read below...

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