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In the legal field, it isn't always who you know — it's who you know that you are. Most people entering into the legal job market find that it's very competitive. Your education prepares you for the job, but it's entirely up to you to find employment. Many people rely on referrals from teachers, colleagues, or summer internships to help them get a wing tip in the door when searching for a firm to help start their career. Whether you're a file clerk, legal secretary, paralegal, or attorney, it's often tough to find the right firm, and currently things are tougher than ever with so many legal jobs being cut left and right.
If you're interested in the rights of others and have a good mind, solid organizational skills, and some legal experience, you can help others and find a solid career as an advocate. Of course, it is not always easy, at first, to get a paying job as an advocate, but there are plenty of volunteer opportunities that will allow you to become an advocate and gain experience before ultimately moving into a paid advocacy job.
The first job in your life can mean a great lot and has the potential to either make or break your career. In legal jobs, this is truer than in other work arenas because lawyers are a closely-nit community characterized by intense social networking.