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 career planning process will go on throughout your lifetime. Although you have chosen to pursue the study of law or are currently practic¬ing law, there are still a number of decisions that you will need to make. There are also a number of myths that you need to dispel as you make your career decisions. Probably the first and foremost myth to dispel is that career related decisions are a one time, irreversible process. Career counseling professionals will tell you that the average person will change careers (careers, not jobs) three to five times. The material that follows in this booklet has been assembled to assist you in making your next career decision. Other decisions and circum¬stances will occur later in your career that will cause you to continue to evaluate your career choices and may be the impetus for you to move into a totally different career area.
THE LAW-JOB SEARCH BEGINS WITH INFORMATION-GATHERING. Assemble as much information about your areas of interest as possible. Unpredictable, but useful, information sources for the general job market in a particular locale are state and city bar association directories and journals. Investigate also your college alumni journals and place