Post # 1
I’m just feeling so down today. I graduated law school in April and took the CA Bar exam in July. I’ve had three interviews, all of which have been unsuccessful. I’m doing my best to stay positive, but the constant rejection is just so exhausting. I’ve applied to tons of positions and have been networking with old bosses.
Bees, please tell me there is a light at the end of this tunnel! It’s so hard not to take this personally!
Any words of encouragement would be so appreciated!
Post # 3
@LeahP: I wouldn’t take it to personally I think lots of people are in the same boat as you. Trying to find a job now is very difficult. I have a friend who just took a temp job at Target who also graduated from law school in the spring. It’s pretty stinky for sure. Wishing you luck.
Post # 4
- Wedding: September 2011 - Mackinaw Valley Vineyard; Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts
Sorry you’re feeling discouraged, I know the legal market is less than stellar. It took Mr. P over a year to find a job and now I’m on the hunt since we moved to another state. You’re not alone (sadly).
You passed the bar, that’s the first and hardest step. Just keep your head up and things will get better!
Post # 5
Are you looking for a specific legal job or are you applying for everything under the sun? Don’t forget about gov’t jobs like the DOJ, AG, etc. I interned with the DOJ in law school and it was one of my favorite jobs! So interesting and the variety of work was amazing. Might require moving down the road, but they might be hiring in your district. Also, I clerked in the city courthouse in post-conviction relief, which while not a huge money maker, was really interesting, and they were always hiring since it’s kind of a transition job for younger lawyers. I ended up not even using my law degree the first two years and worked as a business analyst; transition in the last years to general counsel, but as long as you have strong logical/analytical skills, the range of potential jobs is huge! Good luck going forward, and try not to take it personally. Keep in mind that a lot of times, interviews are conducted as a front (they have to have the process) when they really have an internal candidate, and you don’t get that info as an interviewee.
Post # 6
Don’t give up! Try looking for legal-related jobs in industries you may not have originally thought of. Check to see if your city is hiring, HUD, manufacturers, your local non-profits, try talking with a placement agency or look through their listings for more ideas to jump from. Look for related positions that will use your analytical skills and legal background such as advising or consulting positions. And don’t take it personally, the other Bees are right – it’s just difficult to find a job right now and so it takes just a little bit more patience :).
Post # 7
Thanks you guys!
@inspiredcreations: Yeah, I have been applying to EVERYTHING I can find. At this point I have very “broad interests” aka, I will work wherever I am hired. I have definitely been applying outside of the traditional legal scopes. One of the interviews I had was for a non-profit, which was like my dream job! I find it really interesting that you went the non-trad route and then transitioned into law. Was that difficult? From what I hear once you go outside of practicing, it is hard to get back in.
@SugerPlum: Thank you for you kind words. Yeah, patience is hard, but it is totally necessary right now! I am applying to all sorts of jobs outside of the legal world, so I will just have to keep my spirits up and keep trying!
Post # 8
It was easier to transition because I stayed in the same company. Started in the business development department, doing mostly business analysis (forecasting, due diligence, negotiation, etc) and using my legal skills only about 15% of the time for contracts/CDAs/licensing deals. I was then able to transition to a full-time legal role when the company had a business model shift. It’s always good to remember that the corporate ladder for lawyers isn’t limited to clerk, associate, junior partner, partner!
One way to keep yourself marketable while you’re looking is to volunteer, especially if you’re looking for a nonprofit sector job. Network by offering to help in any way that you can so that you’re forming personal relationships with potential future employers. Try and arrange a “shadowing” day with an attorney in a nonprofit; say that you’re trying to decide if that’s something you’d like to do career-wise, shadow, and form a connection with that attorney. He/she is likely to know of other nonprofits that are hiring and will be able to give you names and possibly even a recommendation!
Also, the best advice from my law school career counselor was to attend industry conferences. I was looking for a job change at one point before I transitioned to general counsel, and I wanted to get into a free market think tank as a legal policy analyst. Really specific, right? She recommended that I find the annual conference of a like-minded professional association, I did, and made tons of connections, including leads for interviews. (That and I met my SO at the 2nd conference I attended!) It’s a bit of a monetary investment, but if you can find something local, go! Bring a ton of business cards, copies of your resume (for any spur of the moment interviews), and just meet as many people as you can!
Post # 9
I don’t have many words of encouragement but I totally understand your position. My Fiance and I graduated law school in May and then moved to PA and took the bar. I passed the bar and have yet to find a job. It is a tough situation, but the best thing to do is stay positive. I try to convince myself everything will work out eventually and I just need to keep looking for a position. I wish you the best of luck and hope everything turns out well for you.
Post # 10
It’s a tough economy and it’s harder than even to get a job. Keep your chin up, stay positive, and I’m sure you will find something wonderful! Networking is so crucial, so good work there. Have you also tried working through a recruiter? I have, and they helped me land a job in less than a month after I was unsuccessful on my own. These days they seem a lot more active and I think would be worth looking into. Just a word of caution not to work with too many, because they can be a lot of work to deal with! Find two or three that you like and seem like they have your best interests in mind. A lot of times recruiters know of open positions that aren’t even on the job-hunting market–and they can create opportunities for you.