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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
slide3

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
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Check-in with former/prospective employers to remind them of your interest, availability and enthusiasm
  • Develop/manage productive professional and personal relationships with a diverse audience
  • Out of Sight = Out of Mind !!
expand your network
Expand Your Network
  • 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
  • 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!