Last spring, I graduated from a good law school and, all these months later, I still can't seem to get hired by a law firm in my (fairly large) city. . . . Do you or your readers have any ideas about how I should broaden my job search? I'd still like to use my law degree if possible, especially since I went into debt to get it.Welcome to my career counseling center, post-graduate lemming!
I highly recommend checking out Annie's five suggested options. The first four (in-house, law firm administration, government, and nonprofits*) are excellent options for graduates shut out of the high-salary private law firm market. The fifth one - "temp" work - I'm a bit skeptical about; after all, who would want to hire a lawyer for part-time when you can bring one on for 60 billables a week? YOU'RE LEAVING CASH ON THE TABLE!
I would like to add five (5) more options for law graduates who have a lot of spirit but can't get a spot on the private sector squad:
6. Law librarian
7. Appellate law clerk
8. Legal publications journalist / adjunct professor (tie)
9. Hang. Own. Shingle.
*And no, you snarky ass, "nonprofit" is not, in fact, a synonym with starting your own firm.