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3L Strategies. How to Get a Job with Your JD. Confront The Brutal Facts. Facing “Global War on Jobs” Law Firm Model Change Gov’t/PI Budget Issues Hiring Freeze/Downsizing in Business & Higher Education Increased Job Competition Accept What You Cannot Change

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3l strategies

3L Strategies

How to Get a Job with Your JD


Confront the brutal facts
Confront The Brutal Facts

  • Facing “Global War on Jobs”

    • Law Firm Model Change

    • Gov’t/PI Budget Issues

    • Hiring Freeze/Downsizing in Business & Higher Education

    • Increased Job Competition

  • Accept What You Cannot Change

  • Control What You Can - Your Attitude & Effort


Career Planning is A Process

  • Re-Assess Your VIPS

  • Rethink Your Job Search

  • Redefine Your Immediate Goals

  • Reload Your Professional Tool Kit

  • Build and Utilize Your Network


Step 1 re assessment
Step 1 – Re-Assessment

  • What do you want to do?

  • Where do you want to go?

  • What are your VIPS?

  • The more clarity you have, the better able you will be to conduct your job search, set realistic goals and empower your network to assist you


Strengths transferable skills
Strengths = Transferable Skills

  • Legal – research, writing, analysis, strategic thinking, oral advocacy, negotiation, mediation, contracts

  • Adaptive – listening, problem-solving, work ethic, professionalism, initiative, time management, resilience, judgment

  • Technical – computer proficiency, foreign language, web development, undergrad degree or work experience


Step 2 job research
Step 2 - Job Research

  • What are all of my options?

  • How can I best utilize my legal education, skills and experience right now?

  • What is the best fit for me?

  • Where can I get the best training, mentoring and experience?


Major job categories
Major Job Categories

  • Law Firms

  • Government/Military

  • Public Interest

  • Business/Corporation

  • Academia

  • Judicial Clerkships

  • Other (Non-Legal)


Law firms
Law Firms

  • OCI never was the only game in town

  • Check Symplicity regularly

  • Small-medium firms still hiring, but many opportunities not advertised

  • Identify target firms

    • Martindale, Westlaw, Indiana Legal Directory, Bar Associations, Google, etc.

    • Check web sites and contact directly – phone calls v. emails


Government military
Government/Military

  • 273,000 Federal jobs to be filled by 2012

    • #3 Enforcement and Compliance – 31,000

    • #4 Legal – 23,500

  • www.usajobs.gov

  • Presidential Management Fellows

  • Government Honors Handbook

  • Final Semester in DC

  • States > OCPD Online Resources

  • Volunteering leads to Full-Time Jobs!


Have you considered
Have you considered…

  • Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center

    • http://www.crane.navy.mil/defaulthome.asp

    • Contract Specialists

    • Environmental

    • Logistics

    • Other

  • Gov’t contracts not boring and lucrative!


Public interest
Public Interest

  • OCPD Online Resources

  • PSLawNet.org – Orgs vs. Opportunities

  • Volunteer with Public Defender, Legal Aid or Non-Profits to build upon existing skills and/or learn new ones

  • Volunteer to clerk for a judge, ideally where you want to practice, after graduation


Business corporation
Business/Corporation

  • Finance/Tax

  • Human Resources

  • Supply Chain/Procurement

  • Logistics

  • Regulatory Compliance

  • Public Relations


Academia
Academia

  • Higher education - IU, Ivy Tech, local community colleges

  • www.higheredjobs.com

  • Institutions w/o law schools

  • Chronicle of Higher Education

  • Private high schools and college prep schools


Other post graduate options
Other Post-Graduate Options

  • Fellowships – EJW, IU Grad Grant Center

  • Research Assistants

  • Contract/Temp Legal Work

    • Check OCPD Online Resources for a list of temp firms (register for multiple firms)

  • Individual Project Work

  • Other Contract/Temp Work

  • Chamber of Commerce in desired location


Step 3 goal setting
Step 3 – Goal Setting

  • Set realistic, attainable goals – viable options

  • Get organized - give yourself action steps and deadlines

  • Be persistent and patient

  • “Finding a job is a full-time job!”


Step 4 re tool
Step 4 – Re-Tool

  • Revise cover letter – tell your “story”

  • Update resume = marketing brochure

  • Practice interviewing – convey genuine interest and enthusiasm

  • Solicit letters of recommendation and references (esp. former employers)

  • Business cards are essential – see OCPD


Step 5 networking
STEP 5 - Networking

You are in the

“relationship business”!


Communication is key
Communication is Key

  • Periodically update contacts with new, relevant information about you:

    • Articles/notes written

    • High grades & related coursework

    • Involvement with CLE’s & symposiums

    • Summer work and clinical experience

    • Other volunteering, leadership roles or personal accomplishments



Expand your network
Expand Your Network your interest, availability and enthusiasm

  • Network with alumni

    • Indiana Law and IUAA

    • Are you a member of the alumni association at your undergrad (Masters, PhD) school?

    • Job shadow

    • Informational interview

    • Volunteer

  • Join local and/or state bar associations


Advice
Advice your interest, availability and enthusiasm

  • Let OCPD help you develop/implement your personal strategy

  • Don’t be a well-kept secret - get out there and meet people

  • Persistence and patience trumps talent

  • Do what Lawyers do – and make the best of the situation!

  • GOOD LUCK!


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