If you’re a 3L and don’t have a job lined up for after bar exam results come in, you need to develop a strategy to help you land your first job out of law school. Here are five things to keep in mind when making a plan to find your first job with a J.D.
1. MAKE YOUR JOB SEARCH YOUR TOP PRIORITY
Once you reach your 3L year, your job search should be your top priority. Many entry-level positions like judicial clerkships, post-graduate fellowships, and “bridge to practice” positions (the types of jobs you can take while waiting for bar results) have strict application deadlines. If you’re not being proactive and organized in your approach to your job search, these deadlines will pass you by and you’ll miss out on career opportunities.
During the summer after graduation, you’ll be focused on bar prep and far too busy to apply for jobs. Most legal employers are aware of this and don’t actively recruit recent law school graduates during the months of June and July. And while your law school grades are important, spending your valuable time in your last year of school trying to bump up your GPA by a few tenths of a point isn’t going to help much if you’re unemployed when your student loans come due.
Don’t procrastinate on your job search! Finding gainful employment with room for growth is the reason you went to professional school in the first place. Shift your priorities so that you have ample time to search for jobs and submit thoughtful, quality applications that you’ve tailored to each position.
2. ASK FOR ADVICE
Don’t be ashamed to ask for help. Seek out advice on finding a job from anyone who’s willing to give it to you. Make regular appointments with your school’s career services office, reach out to lawyers who practice in the field(s) you’re interested in, talk to your mentors, consult recent graduates from your school, and speak with your adjunct professors who are practicing lawyers.
This type of networking is critical to your success in landing your first paid position after law school. If you think you don’t have time for this, you’re wrong! Set up as many informational interviews, coffee dates, and lunch meetings as you can. This is a great way to let people know that you’re on the market for a job, and they’ll be much more likely to forward you relevant opportunities and connect you to other lawyers who can help you
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The Free Law Project, a California-based non-profit, posted every free written opinion and order available on PACER, the federal courts’ document portal. In total, this new collection contains 3.4 million documents from 1.5 million federal district and bankruptcy cases dating back to 1960, the Project explained in a blog post published Tuesday on the organization’s website.
“Today’s news represents a huge milestone for the project and moves the project into a new stage where we’re not only focused on people’s experience while using PACER, but we’re now also focused on providing data to startups, researchers, journalists, lawyers, and the public via our website,” Michael Lissner, executive director of the Free Law Project, said in an email.
Over the past year, the Free Law Project “crawled” PACER, an automated process to collect web-based information, to build this collection. They also used a process called optical character recognition (OCR) to read and parse upwards of 400,000 scanned documents to extract the text. These documents are available on the CourtListener website.
This work was made possible by a grant from the Department of Labor and two professors studying employment law at Georgia State University. Charlotte Alexander says she and her colleague were interested in analyzing every federal case where a worker is described as an employee or an independent contractor.
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The library will celebrate Law Day on Monday, May 1, 2017. Please stop by the 4th Floor circulation desk for some cake and coffee at 2:30 p.m. while you peruse the Law Day book display!
As part of Law Day, there will also be a FREE screening of the documentary The Loving Story at the Central Library Neil Morgan Auditorium on Thursday, May 4, 2017 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Professor Bryan H. Wildenthal will lead off the event with an explanation of the laws in effect at the time and how this case forever changed American law and society.
See all details and registration at: https://loving2017.eventbrite.com
For more information on Law Day, click here.
Please stop by the 4th floor library tomorrow, April 14, 2017 at 2 p.m. to celebrate Thomas Jefferson’s birthday with cake and coffee.
Don’t forget to give a birthday present to yourself! Complete the annual library survey for a chance to win a $50 Knotty Barrel gift card and various prizes!
Access the survey here.
The deadline to enter the Library Week photo contest is 5 p.m. today. Submit your photos for a chance to win a $50 Visa gift card!
Happy National Library Week!
Stop by the 4th Floor Circulation desk this week and tell us what your librarian is an expert in. You will be entered into a drawing for a movie night package prize!
Please do not forget to include your name and email address.
In honor of National Library Week, we will celebrate with events every day!
Starting next Monday and lasting all week, we will have a box where you can submit a “My librarian is an expert in…” card at the circulation desk for an entry in a drawing for various prizes. There will be multiple winners drawn.
Also lasting all week is a student survey on library services. After completing the anonymous survey, you can enter to win a $50 gift card to Knotty Barrel! Please participate in the survey because we depend on your feedback to improve the library. You may access the survey here.
The library also invites all students to participate in our very first photo contest! Please submit a photo that portrays the National Library Week theme of “Libraries Transform”. The winner chosen for best photograph will receive a $50 Visa gift card, will be announced to students, faculty, and staff by email, and will be recognized in the TJSL Library’s social media and publications.*
*Contestants must submit all required documents sent in the email announcement along with your photo for a valid entry. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 5pm.