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.
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.
Personal career assessments and tallying of your strengths and weaknesses is essential for keeping you ready for changes. It is common for in-house attorneys and other legal staff to face the axe on short notice for any number of reasons.