It’s not news that for grads leaving law school, competition for entry-level positions is stiff and jobs are difficult to come by. But this doesn’t mean they are impossible to find—it just means applying a little more time and creativity to your search. With that in mind, it’s important for freshly minted attorneys and students to understand legal trends in this country and be open-minded to the possibility of overseas opportunities.
Many part-time students have opted for a reduced schedule because they have career, financial, or family obligations they cannot or do not want to put on hold while getting a law degree. Will attending law school part-time keep them from getting their dream job?
Judicial clerkships have a lot to offer: They hone research and writing skills, provide great exposure to practicing lawyers, create an opportunity to develop a mentoring relationship with a successful member of the bar, and generally look fabulous on a résumé. Who wouldn’t be interested in such an opportunity?
For years I’ve encouraged lawyers to write for publication. I suggest starting with a local bar’s newsletter. Write about the useful know-how you’ve picked up in practice. The same goes for interns, externs, and law clerks. If nothing else, you’ll learn a great deal in preparing nuts-and-bolts pieces; whether you’re addressing the intricacies of removing a case from state to federal court, representing banks in garnishment actions, or protecting a client’s interests in the assignment of patents. After handling countless practical problems for their clients, lawyers and aspiring lawyers can increase their skills by writing about what they know.
"Study gropups" are a long-standing tradition in law school. The term, however, is s misnomer; law students actually complete daily class preparation alone. They later use study group time to review and consolidate course material. The group work allows them to monitor their understanding, consider different perspectives, clarify any confusion, and discuss practice questions.
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Legal training, Miller adds, is "highly transferable to a leadership position. If you're a good leader in a substantive area, you can switch--learn a new technical area and continue to be an effective leader.
The ABA Law Student Division encourages students to create and participate in new programs and initiatives that will benefit schools and communities.