One of the more interesting things to me is when people come out of law school and have a difficult time getting a job
. This is intriguing because of the following facts:
- You worked hard to get into law school.
- You worked hard during law school.
- You spent a lot of money on law school.
- You have bills to pay.
- The entire point of attending law school was to get a job.
Sometimes it is not easy to see the forest through the trees. When I think about people coming out of law school and struggling to get jobs, it is upsetting to me because the person could usually get an associate attorney job if they did the right thing.
This article discusses what you need to do in order to get a job. I am not going to sugarcoat anything, and I am not going to coddle you and tell you everything is going to be okay. If you do not get a job, everything will not be okay.
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- You may end up working in a fast food restaurant (I've seen this happen).
- You may end up spending the rest of your career doing something that has nothing to do with practicing law (I've seen this happen more times than I can count).
- You may end up underemployed in a legal job that does not allow you to use your skills.
- You may end up working for a bad law firm who will hire you only because you are "cheap." You will then be expendable and will lose your job in short order.
I'm going to tell you what you need to do. Please listen to me. I've seen so many people fail, and I don't want you to be one of them.
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