You went to law school, worked hard to earn your degree, and now you want to put that degree to work building a long-term career in law or law-related fields.
At the same time, you—like all of us—all have financial realities to consider. Pressing student loans (not to mention all the other costs of living) may mean you need to take a job now, even if that job is less than perfect.
Ideally, your two goals—building a career as a lawyer and getting a job to pay the bills—overlap, so that by pursuing one you are automatically pursuing the other. But there are times when it might seem that your short-term goal of getting a job needs to take precedence over your long-term goal of building your career. Or vice versa.
Many law students and junior lawyers don’t have strategies to put into place to pursue either of these goals, let alone balance these both goals at the same time. They face continual questions of, How do I…
- Break through the old Catch-22 of, “I can’t get a job because I don’t have experience, but I can’t get experience because I don’t have job”?
- Go about finding a permanent, full-time legal job when I don’t even know where to get started?
- Decide whether to accept temporary work, part-time, or non-legal work?
- Explain such work on my resume?
- Continue the job search, while working full-time or part-time?
- Build technical legal skills if I’m not working in a legal job?
- Change focus or practice area, now that I’ve decided I don’t want to do litigation anymore?
- Move into nonprofit, government, financial services, corporate, or other non-law firm work?
If you have these questions, then you’re not alone. And you don’t have to figure out the answers alone. How To Get A Legal Job® is here to help you.
Return to Essential Reading index.