A good number of law students enter law school without a specific career goal in mind. Many more find their interests change during their law school career or even after they enter the post-graduation workforce. Knowing what career path to choose takes time, effort, and a lot of soul searching.
First, let’s recognize that all job searches are stressful. The closer you are to graduation, the more pressure you likely feel. Along with pressure, you will probably experience a range of emotions including nervousness, intimidation, being overwhelmed, frustation, and—hopefully—elation at the end. Here are some tips to help you through
The stereotypical career trajectory for an in-house lawyer begins at a midsize to large law firm. As corporate legal departments have not traditionally been equipped to tackle the intensive training and development that new attorneys require, many are happy to leave associate training to the firms. The corporations underwrite the
Get Focused In a tight job market, law students in need of experience will often say, “I will take any job anywhere.” While flexibility and adaptability are critical qualities, casting your net too wide results in an unfocused job search taking an incredible amount of time and that is ultimately less
Rule #1: Know Why You Are Negotiating Engaging in salary negotiations simply to conform to preconceived salary expectations or to gain a slight salary increase is needless and may jeopardize an offer of employment. Knowing whether negotiations are warranted takes factual investigation and self-awareness. Some of the right reasons to engage
Pop quiz time! This is: (a) a polite, rhetorical question casually offered as a wrap-up to the interview or (b) a make-or-break moment in which you have a final chance to show that you are the best candidate for the job? If you answered “a,” you have undoubtedly
You’ve pressed your interview suit, printed extra copies of your résumé and writing samples, and researched your interviewer and potential employer. You have gone over your answers to potential interview questions in your head a million times. You are ready to enter that interview room and effectively communicate
Although the employment market remains soft, there are opportunities for those who pay attention to the businesses and industries that are weathering the recession—particularly those that might be expected to show growth in the near future and those that value a legal background. Many of these opportunities lie outside the traditional
In an effort to lighten the load and get some help on the job hunt, both law students and new lawyers reviewing the resources available to them often wonder about recruiters. Do recruiters work with law students? Who are they and what do they really do? Are they
Election law is not just practiced by government employees. The public interest world also provides opportunities for lawyers who are interested in the electoral process.
The performance review. In concept, it sounds like a good idea: An employer regularly takes time to review the work of the employee in order to evaluate progress on such areas as professional goals, quality of work, job knowledge, potential, and interpersonal relationships in the workplace. Once reviewed, the employer
“So, why’d you go to law school?” Oftentimes, the answer to this question is “to make a difference” or “to promote justice.” Every year, scores of people are led to law school by a desire to make a difference in the world and to give back to their communities. However,
Judicial clerkships have a lot to offer: They hone research and writing skills, provide great exposure to practicing lawyers, create an opportunity to develop a mentoring relationship with a successful member of the bar, and generally look fabulous on a résumé.
By implementing good habits in law school, law students will be more productive and balanced while in school, and will also set themselves up for greater personal and professional success. For many, time management practices (both good and bad) are learned in law school and
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It is the fortunate law student who manages to make the planets align in such a way that he or she is attending the law school of his or her choice, which just happens to be located in the city from which he or she hails and in
The economy remains tough. The legal job market is constricted and flooded with laid-off lawyers. Things have been quiet since on-campus interviews wrapped up a few weeks ago. At this point, nervous law students review their options to determine what exactly is available and what it might mean
Well, that caught your attention, didn’t it? Maybe you were expecting another column about how networking is the most important method of job searching, how it trumps mass mailing of résumés, targeted responses to advertised positions, and even on-campus interview programs. Maybe you saw the very word “network”