Paul L. Caron

Sunday, March 11, 2018

What They Don't Teach You In Law School: How To Get A Job

Gropper 2Adam Gropper (Legislation Counsel, Joint Committee on Taxation; Founder, Legal; Former Tax Partner, Baker & Hostetler), What They Don't Teach You in Law School: How to Get a Job (2018):

It arms you with a fresh perspective from students who landed great legal jobs. These personal, enlightening stories and the insight they reveal form the foundation of a straightforward six-step process to create multiple job opportunities.

You'll quickly learn how to:

  • Create an entrepreneurial approach to your career planning.
  • Be seen by potential employers as integral to achieving their objectives.
  • Build your brand to get the job you want with the employer you want.

In an easily relatable fashion, this book shares nearly 20 years' worth of experience and advice (including guidance and feedback from all types and sizes of employers) that has helped the author's clients secure their dream legal job. Now, this book and its easy to implement, proactive approach can help you too!

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Over 90% of 2016 law grads found a job or were pursuing advanced degrees ten months after graduation. Had law schools not opted for “experiential” learning and stuck with teaching students core curriculum, bar exam pass rates would not have fallen and more grads would be working instead of studying to take the bar again. This year and for the foreseeable future we are likely to see fewer law grads than jobs available. Law grads do not need help getting a job. Even non-legal employers value law grads. According to NALP, 2016 law grads in JD advantage and professional jobs had median salaries in the $60,000 range - tens of thousands more than the average college graduate.

Posted by: Already Employed | Mar 11, 2018 2:21:47 PM

The advice is simple: be like the author. Go to an elite law school and land a summer associate position at a firm like Baker Hostetler. The reality is if you graduate from law school without a job in hand, you're likely as not already washed out of the legal profession. The number of entry-level lawyering jobs continues to plummet year by year, the NALP median starting salary is a little less in real dollars than it was in the mid 1980s, and law is, like management consulting or investment banking, entirely reliant on pedigree as a screening mechanism.

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Mar 11, 2018 2:04:57 PM