Friday, January 18, 2013

First Job out of Law School

Your first job after law school may not be your dream job.  I think it is important to focus on the positive...it is a job.  I encourage you to be broad in your search and even consider non-legal, but law-related positions, such applying for positions in state or federal goverment,  public policy or non-profit organizations, local legislature or lobbying firms, or businesses with compliance or contract departments. You can use these jobs to get work experience, while you network and apply for the type of job that you really want.  Newly minted law graduates are competing with lawyers with more experience and in this economy, the employers have the advantage. However, as a law graduate or a newly licensed attorney, you are much more competetive in non-legal positions.  I even know some lawyers who have decided to stay in non-legal jobs, because there was more opportunity for advancement than working as an attorney.