It takes years of studying, hard work, and perseverance to become a lawyer. After putting your all into this dream you finally clear your bar exam! And hurray! You’re officially a lawyer with a license to practice.
Once you clear the bar, the next big step is finding a job, but it’s not as simple as that. How do you even begin looking for a job? What are the next steps you need to take to secure your career?
In this article, we look at these questions and more. We also detail some of the latest job opportunities for lawyers who are fresh out of law school.
How to Get Started
To land a good legal job, you have to make sure that you expand your network. You can join associations like the American Bar Association (ABA) and connect with other lawyers.
You should also focus on proving your merit at internships and fellowships so that you can get hired by that organization upon completing your studies.
Working closely with your school alumni on mock interviews, resume critiques, and cover letter reviews can also help in putting your best foot forward.
Latest Job Listings For Lawyers
Most law graduates start out taking a placement as an associate or staff attorney with a small firm or government agency.
Let’s take a look at some of these job listings so you get an idea of what duties go with certain job titles.
Assistant County Attorney
This local government vacancy at Prince William County Attorney’s Office involves preparing court pleadings, briefs, and attending matters of litigation, and handling district court matters for the County.
The applicant must have a Juris Doctorate and 2-year work experience in a related field. The salary offered for this position is $72,162 – $104,026 per year.
Entry-Level Real Estate Attorney
To apply for this vacancy at the Holler Law Firm, you don’t need to have experience, but it is definitely preferred that you have some. You must possess a license to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
The duties will include reviewing title work, closing real estate transactions, and communicating with clients, lenders, brokers, and title companies. The estimated annual salary for this position is $39,000 – $81,000.
The Southern Environmental Law Center in Charleston, South Carolina is currently accepting applications from lawyers with a strong academic background and work experience in environmental law.
In this position, you will work to address important environmental and public health issues and be involved in litigation, legal advocacy of the state, and work in coordination with various regulatory agencies.
The remuneration offered for this job is $72,000 -$82,000.
Entry-Level Tax Attorney
Kundra and Associates, a tax law firm in Rockville, Maryland, has recently advertised for a tax attorney position. To apply for this job you will require to have a good working knowledge of tax laws.
The job responsibilities include solving financial issues of clients, evaluating and assessing complicated tax matters, and keeping records.
Personal Injury Litigation Attorney
This vacancy at the Sherman Law Firm in Houston, Texas requires you to manage personal injury cases, conduct client intakes, analyze cases, draft legal documents, defend depositions, and make court appearances.
The applicant will need a license to practice law in Texas and a 1-year of work experience in the field of personal injury law. The annual remuneration offered for the position is $60,000 – $65,000.
The Bottom Line
When you are just starting in your career, you may not directly land your dream job. It takes time to gather experience, contacts, and make your way into the best law firms.
The key is to take an entry-level job, preferably in your field of expertise, and then slowly move up to higher positions, and better prospects.