Getting A Job After Law School

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Getting A Job After Law School

As you prepare to apply for law school, the last thing on your mind might be getting a job as a lawyer. However, if you’re about to invest three years of your life and many thousands of dollars on tuition, you would be wise to start thinking about what you’ll need to do in order to land a great job after law school. Here are some things to start thinking about now.

ab18The Field is Saturated, and There Are Lots of Jobs

You’ve heard horror stories of newly-graduated attorneys struggling to find work, and experienced ones being laid off from their firms. On the other hand, some seem to be thriving, and some firms can’t hire fast enough. What’s going on?

  • Certain specialities typically have plenty of jobs. For instance, family law attorneys always have a steady stream of work, no matter what else is going on in the world. There are always plenty of folks who want a divorce!
  • Some specialities do well during tough times. In a down economy, bankruptcy attorneys thrive. Criminal attorneys and may do well, also.
  • Some specialties do well during good times. When the economy is thriving, contract lawyers can do a booming business.
  • New fields open up or add jobs. Environmental law has seen a recent upsurge in jobs as more people become aware of environmental issues affecting the planet, and businesses. As gay rights and same-sex marriage issues dominate the news, more attorneys are finding lucrative work with clients from that demographic.

Be Prepared to Be Flexible

ab24You might have your heart set on working as a public defender, but if you happen to graduate during a spate of local government budget cuts, you’ll be jobless. What to do? Be flexible.


Explore several areas of law during school and be prepared to undertake a career in more than one field.


Complete internships at firms that offer more than one type of law service.


Use your undergraduate education to explore more fields.


Correlate your experience in extra-curricular activities with different fields of law.


Learn everything you can in order to work as a general practitioner. You can adjust your practice as necessary to fit current needs.

Be Prepared to Sell Yourself

In an economy where law jobs might be scarce, you’ll need to sell yourself.


During your undergraduate and law school years, start thinking about your resume and add relevant activities, part-time jobs and references to it.


Do volunteer work that fits within your career goals.


Work part-time jobs in fields that you’re interested in, even if the job doesn’t directly apply. For instance, working as a receptionist at a non-profit adoption center still gives you contacts and access to the world of adoptions. If you want to go into family law, you’ll have an advantage.


Seek out mentors early on. Find mentors working in the field in which you’re interested. These might be attorneys, or they could be social workers, CEOs, accountants, police officers, etc.


Work hard in school. The more impressive your undergraduate transcript and LSAT score, the higher ranked school you’ll attend. The higher your GPA and the more diverse your activities in law school, the better your job offer prospects.


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