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If you have earned exceptionally good grades, then chances are that a reputed law firm will hire you as an intern or associate and then eventually get you on board with the other lawyers in the firm. However, all those who graduate from law school will not be placed with jobs, as no firm wants to spend money in hiring a new graduate and end up wasting their valuable resources on them. What can you do to increase your chances of getting hired by a reputable law firm? With technology on the rise you can get more exposure than you could in the olden days.
Be socially active, on websites like Facebook, twitter, etc. Follow the lawyer whom you would like to work with and try and connect with them on social networking platforms. Remember to leave a good impression in order to be noticeable. You should also try and get in contact with the people working in the organization you wish to join and try and get a recommendation so that you can get a job in the organization in a lower level position. You should get a good resume prepared. Your resume should attract the attention of the reader at first glance. You should be abreast with all the current legal openings. Every university nowadays provides campus placements, so you could always approach them and keep your options open. Visit your local court rooms and observe the court proceedings, adding these to your knowledge bank. Every experience should be a learning one. It is going to be a difficult task to get a legal career, and you have to be determined and strong headed to get one, but it is possible.
You should set goals for where you want to be in the legal field and work toward them. There are various job portals which will help you get a job in a legal department or a law firm and they can also help you prepare your resume for these positions.
You could also opt to be an in-house counsel. These are positions which are in high demand and competitive. These lawyers prefer to be on the payrolls of a company rather than run their private practice and keep track of the bills and payment of clients, which can get quite cumbersome. Today there are many options and positions available for law graduates, and one should not get disheartened about being unable to find a position. If you follow your dreams, drawing on your passion and good networking, everything will fall in place and you will achieve your dreams successfully and have a satisfying career.
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Always bring samples of your work: press clippings of appearances or speeches, a quote by you in local publications, writing samples, etc. Interviewers love to see tangible evidence of your work. Be prepared to leave the samples with the interviewer, but never be afraid to ask for them back.