Seeking Employment After Law School

Judith Boza - Teen Aspect - August 15th, 2022

According to the American Bar Association, in the class of 2021, 83 percent of law school graduates were working full-time, long-term J.D. advantage positions around 10 months after graduation. After a rigorous 3 years of torts, civil procedures, and bar exam readiness, law school graduates face the immense pressure of securing employment post-graduation(i). A percentage of 83 definitely sounds impressive, however, many will argue that the remaining 17 percent is a large margin for those who would be left jobless. As third-year students finish their final exams and prepare for graduation, all attorneys are expected to have a job lined up or are left with the laborious process of job hunting.

Inevitably, the law school you are attending has an immense amount of influence over job security post-grad. Your law school exists to assist you in becoming a lawyer, as well as in assimilating into the legal world. Contact career services and schedule a counseling appointment. Many times, businesses, legal firms, and other entities will get in touch with law schools directly to offer job openings (ii). New York Law School is one of the many law institutions that offer resources to their students to ensure a successful career after graduation. NYU Law provides advice from experienced administrators who offer personalized counseling by videoconference, email, or telephone before you arrive on campus. They will discuss whether seeking admission in New York could be helpful to your career, carefully plan your curriculum to meet specialization and bar requirements, and even provide the steps toward admission, both before and after the exam, to all of their enrolled students. Another resource that makes NYU Law a unique institution is its summer housing program for NYU LLMs. While students study for the July bar exam, NYU welcomes them to reside in one of their dorms after the exam concludes to relieve the stress of moving after Law school. A frequently disregarded option provided to all law school students is career services. You can stand out from the competition by taking the time to speak with the career development office at your law school.

In order to obtain a career after law school, networking and using your contacts in the legal industry may be quite helpful. Consider reaching out to the contacts you've established over the previous three years if you need assistance. Make a call to the business or nonprofit where you did your first internship. Send an email to the business partner you spoke with in-depth at a law school networking event. Make touch with people you met through your student activities organizations. Make a phone call to a close family friend who also happens to be an attorney for a huge company. Although not everyone will be able to help you get a job, they might be able to guide you or recommend you to someone who can. Lawyers network for a reason. Take advantage of any connections you have.

It's possible that you already know what you want to accomplish with a law degree. In reality, you could have gone into law school with the intention of working for a respected company in a highly specialized industry. It's crucial to realize that your ambitions might not be attainable right now. It's crucial to be adaptable if you want to find employment after law school. Your chances of finding work will increase the more flexible you are during the job search. During this process, you might need to make certain sacrifices. Do you have a very clear career goal in mind? Consider starting a career in a relevant industry and advancing in that direction. For the time being, you might want to think about taking a position with a bigger organization to gain some experience. Flexibility can help you get employment immediately out of law school and obtain important experience. Your ideal job might become your focus once you've gained a few years of experience. Who knows, you could have found a new interest and decided you're interested in pursuing other aspirations.


References

(i) ABA legal education section releases employment data for graduating law class of 2021. (2021). Americanbar.org. https://www.americanbar.org/news/abanews/aba-news-archives/2022/04/aba-legal-education-section-releases-employment-data/

(ii) From NYU to the New York Bar | NYU School of Law. (n.d.). Www.law.nyu.edu. Retrieved August 1, 2022, from https://www.law.nyu.edu/llmjsd/fromnyutothebar

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