Vanessa L. Johnson, ESQ., MBA

Vanessa L. Johnson, ESQ., MBA

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Vanessa L. Johnson, ESQ., MBA

Vanessa L. Johnson, Esq., MBA is currently an Assistant Professor of Legal Studies. A licensed attorney and multi-certified, human resources professional, she has an extremely diverse employment history with more than 20 years of experience..

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Vanessa L. Johnson, Esq., MBA is currently an Assistant Professor of Legal Studies. A licensed attorney and multi-certified, human resources professional, she has an extremely diverse employment history with more than 20 years of experience..

Articles by Vanessa L. Johnson, ESQ., MBA

“Illogical Law Practice” – Why are Law Firms Paying Entry-Level Associates $190K?

In my post, Why Aren’t You Practicing Law, I stated that there are many more issues that plague both legal education and legal practice and asked you to stay tuned as I share my business and human resources management oriented opinions about “the business of law.” I also mentioned counterintuitive practices or what I have termed “illogical law” practices. Well, recently, the ABA Journal published an article entitled, Some law firms match Milbank’s $190K starting pay for associates. [1] Yes, you read that correctly – starting pay of $190,000 per year. Next, consider the following: • Associate roles are entry-level,...

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Why Aren’t You Practicing Law?

As an Assistant Professor of Legal Studies, I am often asked, “Why aren’t you practicing law?” There are a variety of reasons, which include the fact that becoming a professor is a professional goal that I pursued for over 20 years. However, when I explain that one of the reasons that I’m not practicing is because I couldn’t find an opportunity that would compensate me better than the human resources and academic positions that I’ve held since I graduated from the University of Houston Law Center’s J.D. program back in 2006, it is often evident by their facial expressions...

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