Law students, more and more, cannot live by theory alone. While it is still possible for a student to go through law school and graduate having never worked through a legal problem on behalf of a clinic client, staying instead firmly within the classroom, this scenario is becoming less and less likely.
In The Opportunity Maker, author Ari Kaplan spells out the secrets that all law students and budding attorneys should learn and explore to enrich their professional lives and forge inspired careers. Kaplan sets forth numerous strategies for empowering law students and young lawyers with valuable creative networking and business techniques. The book outlines a wide array of ways to connect with people and establish life-long professional relationships, and gives masterful insights on the importance of self-promotion in attracting legal business. Kaplan's book is an essential tool for any law student or young lawyer just entering the legal profession; it illustrates the vast opportunities that are available to them if they use their resources wisely.
The banker Walter Wristen once said that good judgment comes from experience and that experience comes from bad judgment. Unfortunately, most first-year law students have little experience searching for a job, so their judgment is extremely limited. Surviving three years of law school leaves little time to learn the tricks of the trade necessary to become successful in today's competitive legal job market. First-year students lean into the job hunt head against the wind with the huge handicap of inexperience. Three years later graduation rolls around, and only then, if ever, does the average law student know how to secure a position in a law firm. Many law students believe that because they were successful undergraduates, securing summer associate and post-law school employment will be a piece of cake. And the most common mistake students make during the job search is relying too much on their placement director or career services office to get a job. But there are steps you can take to avoid this naiveté as your law firm job search gets under way. It will be much easier for you if you map out your search from the beginning.