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Like many other job-seekers today, law students and graduates are frequently — but fuzzily — advised to "be entrepreneurial," "build your brand" and "think outside the box." I suggest instead to my classes, and to practitioners, 10 specific practices for maximizing one's professional credentials, networks and career opportunities:

• 1. One immediate way to enhance your résumé is to indicate briefly, as faculty commonly do, your "work in progress." Remember, however, Chief Justice John Roberts Jr.'s recent dismissal of the typical law review article as concerning "the influence of Immanuel Kant on evidentiary approaches in 18th-century Bulgaria or something, which I'm sure was of great interest to the academic that wrote it, but isn't of much help to the bar." Select topics, and article titles, of obvious practical relevance to potential employers and to their clients.

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