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Job Seekers

As a job seeker, why should I sign up for a job board where I have to pay when there are so many free ones out there?
It may seem like an unnecessary expenditure considering you can see job postings all over the Internet for free, but there are many reasons we require users to pay as well as many reasons that it is beneficial for users to sign up for a paid service:

  1. It's more exclusive. Joining a free site such as Monster.com, HotJobs.com, or any of the other dozens of job websites means that you are competing with every person who needs a job and has access to a computer. It is very likely that you will get lost in the shuffle. By limiting the applicant pool to a smaller number of people - people who are serious enough about their job searches to pay a small fee - LawCrossing allows its members to have a better shot at the positions posted.


  2. We work harder than any other job board to ensure that we have every job in the industry. Other sites make employers contact them. In many cases, we contact employers so that we can be sure to have their jobs on our site. This extra effort we make on your behalf is something you can't get anywhere else.

Should I copy and paste my resume or should I upload it?
We strongly recommend uploading your resume. This is the only way to guarantee that it will look exactly as you intended it to be formatted. Additionally, once you have copied and pasted your resume, there will be no way to edit the resume on the site.


How do you get more jobs than any other legal job board?

Well, we are diligent. We are not satisfied with sitting back and waiting for employers to post their jobs. We go out and look for jobs. We contact law firms and ask for their openings. We do this all to ensure that LawCrossing is delivering the best possible product to its clients.


What if I forgot my user name/password?
Just click here, fill in your email address and we will send you an email with the user name and password assigned to that address.


What if I am unsure about the process?
If you are unsure about the process, don't hesitate to look around the site and see what we have to offer. You can see the number of jobs, the type of jobs, where they are located - everything but the employer. We do this to give you confidence in knowing that when you are signing up for our database, you are signing up for access to more job opportunities than any other site can offer.


If I enter more than one resume, which one of them will I be able to apply to jobs with?
You will able to use all of your resumes to apply to jobs, so keeping separate resumes for applying to different types of jobs (e.g. in house, government, firm) is a good idea in that you can tailor different resumes to different job searches and choose which one best fits the job in question when you apply.


How do I edit my resumes/cover letters?
There is no way to edit a resume that you have uploaded to the site. The easiest way to make changes is to keep a copy of your resume on your computer, make changes to it as needed, and upload it again. You can have as many resumes and cover letters on the site as you want, and you can delete old copies that you are not likely to use again.

Once you choose to apply for a certain position online, you will have a chance to edit your cover letter. The cover letter you have uploaded or typed onto our site will appear in the body of the email that the employer receives. You can change this to suit the job that you are applying for before the email goes out. Also, when you are applying online, be sure to create a subject line that will draw attention to your resume submission.


What is a job alert, and how do I create one?
If you would like to be emailed about jobs that might be relevant to your search, then you can click on "job alert." Every time we post a new job, you will be notified and sent a description of the job to view. You can make the alert function send you jobs in a category that is very narrow or very broad. The positions will be sent to you in real time as we update the board all day long. If a position becomes available on Saturday at midnight, you can expect an email a few seconds later.


Are all of these jobs current?
Yes, though there are an unheard of amount of jobs available on the site, we are constantly referencing the original source of the job opportunity to make sure it is still open. This way, there is no need to worry about whether you are applying to a job that has already been staffed, because we remove filled positions very quickly. To check to see how recently the job has been verified, there is a field in each job posted called "Date Last Verified."


How can I see what jobs I have applied to already?
In the "My Outbox" section, there are two different areas where the jobs you have applied to will appear. If you click on the "Online Job Applications" link, you will see all of the jobs that you have applied to through the "Apply Online" feature of the site. If you click on the "My Mail Merge" section, you can see all of the jobs that you have applied to by mail. It might be a good idea to take a good glance over it before you start applying to jobs. While we have made it impossible to apply for the same position more than once, it might be a good idea to make sure you are not applying to the same branch office of a firm more than once as well. In general, your resume will run across the desk of the same people, and the more they see of the same applicant, the less likely they are to ever consider that person.


Why don't all of the job listings contain salary information?
Many employers would like to wait until they have met you to discuss salary structures. However, there are many firms that have that sort of information posted, and we have included some of that HERE for the largest firms.


How do I apply to jobs?
You have two options:

  1. Once you have found a job that you are interested in, simply click "Apply to This Job" and you will be directed to choose one of your resumes, plus a cover letter, personal statement, and anything else you might want to include in your package. Once you have selected everything you will send, then you can click on "Apply" once more and everything will be sent to the firm's contact person by us.

  2. You can apply to a job through regular mail (or via fax) as well. While much of the world has embraced internet job boards and email application, a mailed resume and cover letter still feels more personal and can convey that you are doing more than pressing buttons on a website to try and get this job. You can either fill out an envelope and a letter with the contact name we provide, or choose to add jobs to a mail merge file, which will come out as a ".txt" file that you can use to make several cover letters and envelopes at one time.

Sometimes, the choice between the two application methods is made for you. Be sure to check the "Additional Information" for specific requests from the employer. Someone who specifically says "mail only" will not appreciate a fax or an email.

What do I do with my mail merge file?
We provide you with a mail merge file that comes as a ".txt" file. In order for the mail merge to be useful, there are several steps you will have to follow:

First, download the mail merge file and save it in a place where you will remember it. All of the lines in the first row should match up with corresponding contact information in the rows beneath it. For instance, "fname" would be the field name of the contact person's first name, if it is available. Everywhere on your cover letter where you want the first name of the contact person to appear, (in Microsoft Word) you would go to "Insert Field". Under "Categories" select "Mail Merge" and under "Field Names" select "MergeField." In the textbox marked "Field Name" that appears after you have made these selections, you would type in the name of the field in the mail merge file that should appear at that point in your document (in this case "fname." Do this for all of the fields you would like to show up in your cover letter or on your envelopes.

When you have added all the fields you would like to add. Then click on the "Open Data Source" icon and find the mail merge file (wherever you saved it). Once you have opened that, then go to the "Merge to New Document" icon and that should provide you with a mail merge document with all of the contact information for all of the jobs you chose to apply to.


How do I edit or delete my job alert?
If you would not like to receive emails about jobs anymore, simply go to your homepage. All job alerts will be displayed on this page. If you want to delete a job alert, check the one you wish to delete and press the "delete" link. If you would like to change the types of positions being sent to you, click "edit." You will immediately start receiving jobs from the new search you requested.


How can I differentiate between jobs posted by recruiters and jobs posted by corporations and firms?
Jobs that recruiters are posting are clearly marked as "recruiter jobs" with a special icon (a small red "R") on the search results pages and a special box on the job's details page. In your search, you can choose to not include jobs posted by recruiters if you would like to go through direct employers only. We are very strict about keeping recruiters from posting jobs under the pretense of being an employer, so rest assured that if you apply to a position that says a firm or corporation is hiring, then your information will be sent directly to the hiring contact at that organization.


Can recruiters and employers search for my resume?
Yes, but they have to pay a subscription fee to do so. Also, very few law firms and employers would take the time to go through a database and search for candidates, and those who choose to do so often do not offer the types of jobs we do. Large corporations and law firms would prefer that quality candidates come to them.


How can I bookmark a job to apply to later/What is My Hotlist?
If you are considering apply to a job but do not want to do it at the time you see it, click "Add this job to my hotlist." This will save the job so that you can apply to it later, in a bulk application if you wish. The Hotlist is easily accessible from any page once you are signed in.


What do I do if I face problems with Advanced Search?
Facing problems with Advanced Search? Don't worry this is easily remedied. Simply follow the instructions below:

a. If you're experiencing technical problems, the likelihood is that your browser's settings aren't compatible. In order to use the Advanced Search function on LawCrossing you need to check that your 'JavaScript' is enabled. To do so follow the steps below:

  • Go to the 'Tools' Menu
  • Click on 'Internet Options'
  • Select the 'Security' tab.
  • Click the 'Custom Level' button
  • Scroll down to 'Scripting' option.
  • Ensure the check box labeled Active Scripting is set to 'Enable'
  • Click 'OK' to return to the 'Security' tab
  • Again, click 'OK' to close the window.
  • You may need to restart your browser for these setting to take effect.

b. In order to do a simple search, select your criteria's and click on the button that says 'Search Now'

c. If you wish to save your search, go to the option 'Save this search as', name your search, and click the 'Search now & Save Search' button.

If a job has been on your site for 90 days and you verified that it is still needs to be filled, is there a reason for this?
Occasionally, employers will have job opportunities that are vacant for more than 90 days. We stay in constant communication with these organizations to ensure that the positions listed are, in fact, still available and the organization is still hiring. While it is impossible to generalize about these situations, there are cases when a hiring organization has ongoing hiring for a particular position or has simply not yet found the right candidate.


I saw a job I was interested in back in early December and it has a "X" in the box which means you can't apply there. If you have it still listed, is it available. Where do we apply for it?
The black cross symbol indicates that you cannot apply online for the job of your choice because the employer does not wish to receive online applications for this job opening. Please see the contact details for this employer to submit your resume.


How can I tailor my job search to find non-legal jobs?
If you are an attorney or a law school graduate, looking for a non-legal position can be a complex and occasionally confusing process. Once you decide to abandon the practice of law, you may find that you have almost too many other options. Narrowing the scope of your search becomes necessary to ensure that your job search is successful.

You need to carefully research every job option. Consider whether a particular avenue or possibility suits your needs and talents. Will it further your professional development and career goals?

Consider each career option's opportunity for promotion, compensation, education requirements, your own contacts in the field, the job location, and the variety and schedule in that work environment before you commit to leaving the practice of law.

Eventually, your list of job options should be limited to three possible careers so you can better focus your search. If possible, try to search in related areas.


What kinds of non-legal jobs are available to J.D.s?
Attorneys and law school graduates can choose to pursue positions in many fields. A career snapshot of the legal profession is one of a huge group of educated and intelligent women and men who serve the larger community in many different capacities, many of which are beyond the range of typical legal work.

In business and industry, law school graduates operate on all planes in every kind of company. Though the customary background for an attorney in a corporation has been the in-house general counsel's office, lawyers in search of more varied opportunities can be found in business management; and a law degree is a factor that can lead to swift career development. Real estate, investment banking, and securities sales are the fields that attract the largest number of J.D.'s who do not currently practice law.

Click here for a complete list of business and industry positions available to lawyers

Government agencies also employ large numbers of lawyers for non-legal positions every few years. Local municipalities also hire new attorneys with each federal administration change. Although Washington, DC, will always offer the largest number of federal jobs, each state and territory has unique opportunities for lawyers.

Click here to see government positions that are ideal for attorneys

Associations and other organizations also have potential careers for those with a substantial legal background. Considering the ever-evolving foci of these institutions, legally educated people can offer a distinct advantage. Whereas additional credentials are needed to succeed in these fields, a law degree can increase an applicant's chances of being hired and can help improve his or her on-the-job performance.

Click here for a list of positions available for attorneys in associations and other organizations

Last, an emergent sector of commerce and industry is consulting. Numerous companies prefer to outsource certain tasks and will pay extra for your areas of expertise or an unbiased assessment from a third party. Legally trained consultants can provide research and writing, arbitration and mediation counseling, private investigation, and information technology consulting.


How can I position my legal education as an asset for a non-legal position?
The most apparent advantage of a legal education is the J.D.'s experience with legal terminology and its implications. The capacity to decipher contracts is valuable to any organization. Being able to understand pending legislation and its effects also makes an attorney an asset to any company.

Second, law school graduates possess unmatched analytical ability. This ability can and should be applied to all kinds of issues, not just legal cases.

Third, lawyers are experts in the art of persuasion. The manipulation of facts in a rational and methodical way to convince an audience is a skill that will be appreciated by potential employers.


How can I "sell myself" in a non-legal capacity with my current legal job experience?
The following skills were identified by the ABA as intrinsic to the practice of law. You may also find them useful in redefining yourself to future employers:

  • Problem Solving
  • Counseling
  • Legal Analysis and Reasoning
  • Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Legal Research Procedures
  • Factual Investigation
  • Organization and Management of Legal Work
  • Communication
  • Recognizing and Resolving Ethical Dilemmas
  • Negotiation

One way to come up with your own more specific and applicable list is to record your current daily responsibilities and then develop the list to include actions performed less frequently. Review each line item and decide which skills you use for each task. You will likely be able to identify areas in written and verbal communication, research, business growth and leadership, and teamwork in which you excel. With this skill set, you are prepared for the next step—rewriting your résumé and cover letter.

How can I revise my resume and cover letter for a non-legal job?
Writing a non-legal resume requires a little imagination. Approach your current resume with your prospective employer in mind. What skills should you emphasize, and what jargon or terminology should you use? If you are going into a new career field, you may not be entirely comfortable with the profession. Do careful research on the organizations to which you apply and the industries they serve. Use this new information combined with your current skill set to update your resume.

Click here for a free review of your resume.


Where else can I find information on non-legal careers for law school grads and attorneys?
If you'd like to browse a fully searchable database of legal and non-legal jobs, click here.

The following books also offer detail and perspective to attorneys looking for jobs outside of a law firm:

Nonlegal Careers for Lawyers by Gary A. Munneke & William D. Henslee

The Lawyer's Career Change Handbook: More Than 300 Things You Can Do With a Law Degree by Hindi Greenberg

Jobs for Lawyers by Hillary Jane Mantis & Kathleen Brady

Alternative Careers for Lawyers by Hillary Mantis

What Can You Do With a Law Degree?: A Lawyer's Guide to Career Alternatives Inside, Outside & Around the Law by Deborah Arron


How much does a membership to LawCrossing cost?
A standard membership to LawCrossing costs $39.95 per month.


How is a membership to LawCrossing billed?
Depending on how you sign up, a membership can be billed monthly, once every three months, once every six months, or once a year. Discounts are available for these different billing cycles. Please call us at (800) 973-1177 for more information.


How do I cancel my membership?
To cancel your membership, please call us at (800) 973-1177 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. PST and 4:00 p.m. PST. You must call in before the next billing cycle if you want to avoid being charged for another period of service.