The Legal Job Market in a Down Economy

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The Legal Job Market in a Down Economy

  1. 1. Presented by: Jared D. Correia, Esq. Law Practice Management Advisor Law Office Management Assistance Program 31 Milk Street Suite 815 Boston, Massachusetts 02109 Email: jared@masslomap.org Phone: (857) 383-3252 Twitter: www.twitter.com/jaredcorreia Website: www.masslomap.org Blog: http://masslomap.blogspot.com Presented for: Layoff and Transition Group @ Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers Wednesday, August 25, 2010
  2. 2.  Now . . .  55,000 Licensed Attorneys in Massachusetts  51,000 Active Attorneys in Massachusetts  And In the Future  86% Bar Exam Pass Rate for July 2008; including 92% Bar Exam Pass Rate for First Time Takers  More Attend Law School Than Ever Before; More Pass Bar Exam Than Ever Before; More Attorneys Than Ever Before; And YET, the Job Market is Tighter Than Ever Before: Nearly 1 in 10 Persons is Unemployed
  3. 3.  Application Supporting Documents  Resume  Cover Letter  etc.  Professional Image  Networking  Marketing  Resource Mining  Web  Print  People  Skimpy Appendix
  4. 4.  Resume  Skills Assessment  Prominent Education/Experience Section, including Relevant Coursework/Relevant Transactions  List Educational/Professional/Personal Affiliations  Cover Letter  Be Concise and Clear in Your Argument  Ask for Relief!  Tailor Your Letter  Other Application Supporting Documents  List of References  Writing Samples  Thank You Letters  etc.  Bonus Tips!: Interviewing  Control the Information You Present  Interview the Employer
  5. 5.  Networking  Frequent the Places that Lawyers Frequent  Informational Interviews, i.e.--Buy Lunch  Job Shadow, i.e.--Find a Mentor(s)  Marketing  Create a Plan  To Other Attorneys/To Clients  Traditional Methods  Social Media
  6. 6.  Resource Types  Web  Print  People  Resource Tips  Google Is Your Friend, on the Web  Don’t Vet Candidates Yourself, by the Book  Network Coverage, talk to your Colleagues
  7. 7. The Legal Career Guide: From Law Student to Lawyer, by Gary A. Munneke and Ellen Wayne; ABA (2008; 5th Ed.) The ABA’s Economic Recovery Resources webpage: http://new.abanet.org/economicrecovery Your Law School Career Advising Office
  8. 8. Massachusetts Law Office Management Assistance Program (LOMAP) 31 Milk Street Suite 815 Boson, Massachusetts 02109 Phone: (857) 383-3250 Toll-Free: (888) 54-LOMAP Email: info@masslomap.org Follow LOMAP: Website: www.masslomap.org Blog: http://masslomap.blogspot.com Twitter: www.twitter.com/jaredcorreia www.twitter.com/rodneydowell

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