According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, a steady growth in the demand for jobs for attorney is expected in the short and medium term. This implies that even though as of 2008, there were 759,000 attorneys in the United States, the need for lawyers has so far been insatiable. There are many types of attorney jobs that you can choose from; but the best jobs are often very competitive. Irrespective of whether you are looking for a high profile attorney position or would not mind working at an organization providing legal aid, there are certain things that you need to understand and do in order to be best placed to secure a job as a lawyer.
Research (Bourdieu, 1986, Coleman, 1988) shows that “achievement within the bar is directly and heavily influenced by an attorney’s membership in organizations, networks of friends, family, community members and colleagues, or professional activities outside of one’s workplace” (Dinovitzer, 2006). This entire range of human resources is clubbed together as the ‘social capital’ of an attorney. The question as to who would win the tourney for law firm partnership is ultimately decided by the differences in social capitals of attorneys, when others vying for the same position have similar social backgrounds, academic credentials, or gender.
Working as an in-house attorney has both pros and cons, just like any other attorney. Some of the pros include have more control on the projects you work on and having corporate benefits that other types of attorneys don’t get. Some of the cons include long hours and often being required to work during weekends in order to help with legal projects in the company.