Tips for finding a job as a lawyer

So you just graduated law school? Well, congratulations, I’m sure it wasn’t easy but there is still one last thing to do with that law degree and that is to get a job. Though it is a highly competitive field, don’t fear, we are here to help. Here are some tips for finding a job as a lawyer.

Networking
Like most industries networking is crucial to finding a job as a lawyer. The law field even more than other industries, can very much be a who knows who game.  Social media makes this easier than ever before, so use the connections you made in school with teachers, faculty, and fellow students. With Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn you should have no problem seeing what your friends and colleagues  are up to and this may very well turn into a job opportunity. If you haven’t graduated yet, start building your contacts now, this will streamline the process once you graduate. Also, most of your professors will be more than willing to point you in the right direction, likely having decades of contacts themselves. So get out there (either literally or digitally) and start shaking hands and sending emails.

Internships
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Many lawyers work internships (through connections) or work for free with public defenders. There is no shortage of people and organizations that require legal consul but not have the money for it. By working pro bono you are not only helping those who need it the most, you are also gaining extremely valuable real world experience. In addition to the experience you are gaining, you are also showing future employers you are serious about your work and willing to go the extra mile. So even if someone isn’t paying you big bucks out the door, go get your feet wet!

Work with an Agency
Working with a headhunter or placement agency is a great way to get your foot in the door if your connections haven’t turned up anything.  Though a recruiting firm might take a bite out of your salary, their massive connections may help you get a job you wouldn’t get otherwise. Many people use recruiting agencies long and short term and they have been the foot in the door for countless lawyers.

Keep up on the Trends
There can often be a gap between what you learned in school and what is going on in the real world. Using traditional media, social media and any industry connections you have; make sure you are staying up to to date on industry trends. This will not only keep you aware of  where and what upcoming jobs will be but it will also be an added bonus when interviewing.  Staying up to date on the latest trends is critical in finding a job as a lawyer.

So finding a job as a lawyer may not be easy, but good things never are. Stay flexible and be okay with a rocky road filled with internships, office relocations, and even working from home the first couple years and it will likely pay off with a rewarding and secure career.

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