"You need information at all stages of your career planning and job search, from your first tentative musings about what sort of job might be a good fit for you to your preparation for a big interview or the decision about whether to accept an offer.
Note that you might use the same source or type of information for different purposes. For instance, legal directories can be useful when you are:
- Mary Whisner (2014). Learning about Legal Careers & the Job Search. [see link below]
This guide suggests resources for learning about legal careers and the practice of law.
This guide offers tips and information relating to the Bar Exam, getting a job offer, law practice and quality of life.
"Know first who you are; and then adorn yourself accordingly." Euripides.
It is important as a law student that you build your 'brand', and with that, your resume. Learning doesn't just occur inside the classroom. It is important that during your time as a student, you participate in outside activities that will increase your practical knowledge and experience and help you to develop important leadership and other skills.
Demonstrate your ability to go beyond the classroom and participate in the life of the profession.
Landing a job within the legal profession can be quite a feat. Recruiters say a critical part of the hiring process is a well-crafted resume. The resume is the key document for any hire. So, how can you ensure your resume makes you a contender for the job?
Legal recruiters give the following tips:
Review job posting periodically. This will help you develop a list of organisations and firms to target. It will enable you to discover growth areas where opportunities are likely to be found.
If you are not on LinkedIn, get on it and keep it up to date! You never know when an internship or other opportunities will come up.
Keep your resume up to date and be conscious of adding to it. For example, writing a blog, entering an essay competition, and getting involved in the Law Society are all things that will help boost your resume.
Practice your 'elevator pitch'. You should be able to clearly express in 1-3 minutes why an employer should hire you.
Think long and hard about what makes you most excited . What best matched your experience and skill set? What industries are you most interested in? Try to align your career accordingly.
The Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System carried out a study looking at what skills are required for successful legal practice.
The study involved over 24,000 lawyers from all 50 states who indicated what they regard as skills required for legal practice. The study also found that only 23% of respondents felt entering lawyers have sufficient skills for practice.
The top 10 skills, in order, considered necessary in the short term include:
Arriving on time
Integrity and trustworthiness
Treating others with courtesy and respect
Listening attentively and respectfully
Having a strong work ethic
Paying attention to detail
Read the full article HERE.
The following are examples given by of the kinds of questions firms are increasingly asking, taken from the Australian Financial Review, 15 April 2016 p. 33:
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