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How to Land Your First Job as an Attorney

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Everyone wants to begin on the right foot, and it's no different for law graduates. Finding the right first job is like laying the foundation of a building. If the foundation is not strong then the strength of the building is always vulnerable. However, on the contrary, a strong foundation ensures a firm structure for many years. In current scenario, getting the first job through campus placement has become very tough. If you land a legal advisor job through campus hiring, you are very lucky indeed. Most law firms seek candidates with some years of experience rather than hiring a new face. Nevertheless, there has to be a place where law graduates like you can earn the desired experience.
 
How to Land Your First Job as an Attorney

Some people feel that recruiters will be able to help law graduates find their first job. However, it is a reality that most legal firms are not ready to pay a fee simply to hire fresh blood. So what are the options available to you as a new law school graduate? The best option to get the right first job is through people you have met. Cultivating relationships and networking will more likely than not help in getting the first job that is right for you. People who are already working in legal firms can prove to be a great asset.


Most graduates take student loans to pursue their higher studies, so after graduating college they cannot afford to stay away from their first pay check for too long. The important part is to get your first break at a firm and get some hands on experience. Once you get your foot in the door, you will meet new people and learn new things at the firm. Developing positive relationships with people in the firm can also take you places, as the same people will root for you when an attorney position is open. An internship is another way which can land you an attorney job later. Through internship work, you will be able to demonstrate your potential value to the firm.

A strong network will definitely help land you a good job in a law firm. If you have friends working in legal firms where you intend to work, ask them to keep you updated with future openings. They will also help you in ensuring that your resume reaches the right person in the firm. If you do not have many references in the area they are targeting, there is no better time than now to develop your network. You can use social media to develop professional relationships. Follow the attorneys you want to work with on Twitter. Reply to and re-tweet their tweets. Connect with them on LinkedIn and also join legal groups on LinkedIn. In the current age, social media is the best way to develop networks.


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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LawCrossing Fact #235: You can network with peers across the state and the nation.

 

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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About Harrison Barnes

Harrison is the founder of BCG Attorney Search and several companies in the legal employment space that collectively gets thousands of attorneys jobs each year. Harrison is widely considered the most successful recruiter in the United States and personally places multiple attorneys most weeks. His articles on legal search and placement are read by attorneys, law students and others millions of times per year.

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