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How to Land Your First Job as a Lawyer

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How to Land Your First Job as a Lawyer
Students fresh out of law school have little better than a 50-50 shot at landing a job as a lawyer within nine months of receiving a degree, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis. Many of the graduates find work as sole practitioners or at smaller firms, which tend not to hire full-time until graduates pass the bar exam.
 
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  • The ability to network while in school and upon graduation has never been easier. You have a computer and the Internet for research, email, and networking. Today you have LinkedIn, Facebook, blogging, Twitter, and more to network with your target audience of leading lawyers.
     
  • Don't wait for graduation. Build your network through the Net throughout law school. How many recommendations on your completed LinkedIn profile do you have from college and law school professors, employers going back to high school, and colleagues? How many alumni events have you attended - even if it means bar tending or waiting the tables at events to meet lawyers. How many blogs from practicing lawyers do you follow? Do you engage those lawyers through your own blog? Connect with them on LinkedIn? Follow and engage them on Twitter?
     
  • Don't wait for people to post internships. Go ask for one where you want to work, work for free, and let them know that no one wants the internship more than you and that no one will work harder.
     
  • While you're knocking on doors and bar tending after graduation, work for free. Work for the public defender's office for free doing research, briefs, and memos while your job hunt is underway. Working for free shows you are driven to succeed and are not going to say no.
     
  • In your free time, knock on the door of the law firms you most want to work at and ask to meet the partner you'd most like to work with.
     
  • You know that competition is hard in your field. How many law students in the community you want to work in, for the firm you want to work at, and in the area of law you want to work are going to do the above? None. Do it and you will shine like a star.
 
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Good lawyers are champions for the people they represent as lawyers. aggressively and zealously represent their clients. Give your best and you will have no problem in getting a job.
 
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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 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.

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