Converting Your Law Degree Into A Legal Job

Congratulations! You’ve paid $150,000+ for your law degree.

Now what do you do?

In decades past, a law degree guaranteed respectable legal work at a respectable salary. In some cases, a law degree guaranteed great legal work at a great salary. Not any more.

We’re in the midst of the worst legal job market in a generation. The automatic conversation of a law degree into a job and a career is no longer so automatic. Legal jobs aren’t guaranteed to be waiting after graduation and passing the bar exam. Instead, newly admitted attorneys and law school students are having to work harder—and work smarter—to find job opportunities, to build their marketable skill set, and to set up their careers.

You face numerous challenges:

Rising costs of a legal degree, even at public institutions,
Pressure to repay college and law school loans while managing all the other increased costs of living,
Fewer permanent, full-time, legal job openings as law firms and other employers scale back hiring,
Increased competition from “more qualified” or more senior attorneys,
Bias against unemployed, underemployed, and new graduates, and
Lasting negative impact of lower pay and slower skill development on your legal career.

How To Get A Legal Job®’s mission is to help you convert your law degree into a legal job and a legal career. Here, you’ll find insider intel on:

✓ Job hunting,
✓ Writing resumes and other career documents,
✓ Building and using a professional network,
✓ Using social media,
✓ Interviewing on campus and at employer’s offices,
✓ Working with legal recruiters,
✓ Business etiquette,
✓ Staying motivated and organized in a tough job market, and more.

It’s all designed to help you make the transition from law student to up-and-coming lawyer, by putting into practice lessons learned from Shauna C. Bryce, Esq.’s 15+ years of law firm, in-house, hiring committee, and career counseling experience, and her 3 years of research and interviews of hiring lawyers across the country and across industries.

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