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Marshall Davis Brown Jr: Law School Grads: Tips for Getting Hired

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Law School Grads: Tips for Getting Hired

Being a student in 2013 is more anxiety-inducing than ever, what with all the news stories surrounding the issue of crippling student loan debt and the lack of worthy employment. Law school graduates in particular are feeling the heat; it's a competitive field and there's no shortage of news coverage about the number of unemployed law grads. Becoming a young, successful lawyer is not an impossible feat, but it does require hard work – many lawyers, like Marshall Davis Brown of TX, had to go through the [sometimes tedious] motions of getting hired, and you will too. Here are some tips that can help you better your chances.

Network, Network, Network

Networking is important in any discipline, but it's imperative if you want to become an attorney. Take advantage of the fact that it's easy to network in this day and age – you've got LinkedIn and other social media profiles, blogging sites, message boards, and other technological advancements that make it easy. There is definitely some truth to the statement, "It's all about who you know." Ask your professors or mentors for advice if you don't know where to start with networking – and start sooner rather than later.

Ask for Internships

A big mistake that students make is waiting around for internships to be posted. Then, they're all competing for the position and their chances of actually getting it are reduced. E-mail some of your local law firms and ask them for an internship – it can't hurt! It's all about selling yourself. Polish up that resume and show them you'd be a great contributor to their office. As long as you remember that you're going to have to work for free or little pay for a while before breaking into the field, you'll do fine.

Be Persistent

There's nothing more frustrating when you're looking for a job than hearing that you're ambitious and qualified, but there are no openings. If a firm seems to be interested but still won't give you a job, don't let them forget about you! Keep e-mailing or returning every few weeks to show them that you're really interested and to ensure that they don't hire anyone else if a position should open up.


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