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Getting a Job in the Legal Field - A More Serious Issue than Getting the Degree

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Getting a Job in the Legal Field - A More Serious Issue than Getting the Degree
A legal career is gaining momentum and is rising up with many other job options. Many are getting attracted toward a legal career as the perks that it offers are far more impressive than many other career options. Once you find out that you have all the skills required for an attorney and you have earned your degree, how do you get started with your practice?

If you have earned exceptionally good grades, then chances are that a reputed law firm will hire you as an intern or associate and then eventually get you on board with the other lawyers in the firm. However, all those who graduate from law school will not be placed with jobs, as no firm wants to spend money in hiring a new graduate and end up wasting their valuable resources on them. What can you do to increase your chances of getting hired by a reputable law firm? With technology on the rise you can get more exposure than you could in the olden days.


Be socially active, on websites like Facebook, twitter, etc. Follow the lawyer whom you would like to work with and try and connect with them on social networking platforms. Remember to leave a good impression in order to be noticeable. You should also try and get in contact with the people working in the organization you wish to join and try and get a recommendation so that you can get a job in the organization in a lower level position. You should get a good resume prepared. Your resume should attract the attention of the reader at first glance. You should be abreast with all the current legal openings. Every university nowadays provides campus placements, so you could always approach them and keep your options open. Visit your local court rooms and observe the court proceedings, adding these to your knowledge bank. Every experience should be a learning one. It is going to be a difficult task to get a legal career, and you have to be determined and strong headed to get one, but it is possible.

You should set goals for where you want to be in the legal field and work toward them. There are various job portals which will help you get a job in a legal department or a law firm and they can also help you prepare your resume for these positions.

You could also opt to be an in-house counsel. These are positions which are in high demand and competitive. These lawyers prefer to be on the payrolls of a company rather than run their private practice and keep track of the bills and payment of clients, which can get quite cumbersome. Today there are many options and positions available for law graduates, and one should not get disheartened about being unable to find a position. If you follow your dreams, drawing on your passion and good networking, everything will fall in place and you will achieve your dreams successfully and have a satisfying career.


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.

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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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