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Finding Attorney Jobs in Chicago

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That said, there are techniques that you can take advantage of to make your search for a position in Chicago easier and more effective. The first place to begin your search is at the career development and job placement centre in your university or law school. And there is a reason for this - you see, as much as there is fierce competition to the best attorney Chicago jobs, there is also an almost equally fierce competition between law firms looking to pick out the best legal brains even before they leave law school.

A number of top Chicago law firms will prefer to start to look for entry level attorneys from law school as opposed to in the job market. But career development and job placement centers in law school play another important role for the students - they offer good information and practical advice on how to prepare a winning resume, conduct yourself during an interview and the best places to focus your job search energies on.


Many budding attorneys lose contact with their university and law school professors after completing their course not realizing how many opportunities they will lose as a result. As much as you can, maintain regular contact with your law professors as their position privileges them to interact with the most influential persons in the legal industry not forgetting the fact that they may have taught some of the key decision makers in the top Chicago law firms.

In addition, a number of law professors started out working in a law firm before joining the teaching profession or have worked as law consultants in Chicago. Keeping in touch with your professors does not take much and could be as simple as paying them a visit, giving them a call or dropping them an email at least four times a year. Of course you have better chances of your law professor recommending you for a position if you show interest in current trends in Chicago law, landmark cases and controversial judgments as opposed to simply pestering them for a job.

This demonstration of interest will see them have no qualms about your ability to perform once you are hired. That being said, do not be reluctant to start off your industry experience with volunteer legal work in Chicago. In Chicago, you can offer your legal skills in community service by offering pro bono legal work or becoming an LSAT tutor.

Even if you are getting no pay from it or just a small stipend, the advantage with volunteer work is that you not only get real legal work experience but that you also keep your knowledge of law fresh as you wait to secure steady Chicago attorney jobs. In any case, volunteer work is an attractive attribute to many recruiters as it is perceived as proof of ambition and readiness to face challenges head on.

Just like the best jobs in any industry, the top entry level attorney jobs in Chicago are best obtained through networking. Invest in purposeful networking as it will increase your chances of meeting with the right kind of people who will provide with the industry opening you are looking for or know someone else that may do. Attend as many law events in Chicago as possible - and there are many.

Some are invitation only and may require a hefty contribution in order for one to be allowed in; but there are many more that are open to any attorney and these are the ones you should start with. When you do attend an event, undertake an extensive background check of the organizers as well as the event theme. As a newbie, this is the only way that you can confidently interact with more experience event participants and create a good first impression.

Don't forget the internet -the single largest source of attorney jobs Chicago advertisements today. Law firms have a liking for internet job boards as they provide access to a massive audience and thus increasing the chance that the right person for the job will see the advert and apply. And there is no better place to start your online job search than Lawcrossing.com. You can sign up for a free trial today and have a head start over other law school graduates in Chicago in getting that dream job.


About Harrison Barnes
Harrison Barnes is the founder of LawCrossing and an internationally recognized expert in attorney search and placement. Harrison is extremely committed to and passionate about the profession of legal placement. Harrison’s writings about attorney careers and placement attract millions of reads each year. LawCrossing has been ranked on the Inc. 500 twice. For more information, please visit Harrison Barnes’ bio.

About LawCrossing
LawCrossing has received tens of thousands of attorneys jobs and has been the leading legal job board in the United States for almost two decades. LawCrossing helps attorneys dramatically improve their careers by locating every legal job opening in the market. Unlike other job sites, LawCrossing consolidates every job in the legal market and posts jobs regardless of whether or not an employer is paying. LawCrossing takes your legal career seriously and understands the legal profession. For more information, please visit www.LawCrossing.com.

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Harrison Barnes does a weekly free webinar with live Q&A for attorneys and law students each Wednesday at 10:00 am PST. You can attend anonymously and ask questions about your career, this article, or any other legal career-related topics. You can sign up for the weekly webinar here: Register on Zoom

Harrison also does a weekly free webinar with live Q&A for law firms, companies, and others who hire attorneys each Wednesday at 10:00 am PST. You can sign up for the weekly webinar here: Register on Zoom

You can browse a list of past webinars here: Webinar Replays

You can also listen to Harrison Barnes Podcasts here: Attorney Career Advice Podcasts

You can also read Harrison Barnes' articles and books here: Harrison's Perspectives


Harrison Barnes is the legal profession's mentor and may be the only person in your legal career who will tell you why you are not reaching your full potential and what you really need to do to grow as an attorney--regardless of how much it hurts. If you prefer truth to stagnation, growth to comfort, and actionable ideas instead of fluffy concepts, you and Harrison will get along just fine. If, however, you want to stay where you are, talk about your past successes, and feel comfortable, Harrison is not for you.

Truly great mentors are like parents, doctors, therapists, spiritual figures, and others because in order to help you they need to expose you to pain and expose your weaknesses. But suppose you act on the advice and pain created by a mentor. In that case, you will become better: a better attorney, better employees, a better boss, know where you are going, and appreciate where you have been--you will hopefully also become a happier and better person. As you learn from Harrison, he hopes he will become your mentor.

To read more career and life advice articles visit Harrison's personal blog.

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