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Introducing the latest edition of this step-by-step guide for planning and executing a job search. This book is filled with practical advice that will help anyone find their personal niche in the legal profession.

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Introducing the latest edition of this step-by-step guide for planning and executing a job search. This book is filled with practical advice that will help anyone find their personal niche in the legal profession.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590310595
  • Publisher: American Bar Association
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Edition description: 4th Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Author


CHAPTER 1: What's All This Talk about Jobs?

CHAPTER 2: Choosing a Career vs. Finding a Job

CHAPTER 3: How to Use This Book
The Career-Choice Process
Analyzing Your Skills
Assessing the Marketplace
Synthesizing Interest and Opportunity
Finding a Job
Reassessing the Situation
A Picture of the Model

CHAPTER 4: The Law School Experience
Legal Skills
Personal Skills
Gaining Competence
The Bar Exam
Choices and Serendipity
Profiles of Two Typical Law Students


CHAPTER 5: The Career-Choice Process
Overview of the Process
Career Skills
Career Theory
Skills for Success

CHAPTER 6: Identifying Your Skills
Exercise 1 Life Experiences
Exercise 2 Accomplishments
Exercise 3 Educational Experiences
Exercise 4 Work Experiences
Exercise 5 Your Fantasy
Exercise 6 Your Funeral
Exercise 7 Identifying Your Skills
Exercise 8 Consolidating Your Skills
Work Values
Pulling It All Together

CHAPTER 7: Evaluating the Market
Employment Settings

Geographic Settings
Narrowing the Options

CHAPTER 8: Establishing Priorities
Developing a List of Options
Maintaining Options
Developing a Timetable


CHAPTER 9: Lawyers and the Practice of Law Today
Work and Lifestyle
Practice Concentration
Economic Realities
Too Many Lawyers?

CHAPTER 10: Private Practice
Small Firms
Sole Practitioners
Large Firms

CHAPTER 11: Organizational Practice
House Counsel

CHAPTER 12: Judicial Clerkships
Federal Courts
State Courts

Administrative Courts
Judicial Administration

CHAPTER 13: Academia
Law Teaching
Teaching Law-Related Subjects
Educational Administration
Knowledge Management
Legal Research, Editing, and Publishing

CHAPTER 14: Public-Interest Law
Legal Services for the Poor
Private Associations

Pro Bono Publico

CHAPTER 15: Law-Related and Nonlegal Professional Services
Business and Industry
Other Areas

CHAPTER 16: Substantive Practice Areas

CHAPTER 17: Geographic Practice Areas
Metropolitan Areas
The 'Burbs
Small Towns and Rural Areas
Multijurisdictional Practice

CHAPTER 18: What You Need to Know about the Hiring Process
The Need
Recruitment Costs
Economics of Hiring
Corporate and Government Budgets
Work Assignment
Hiring a Lawyer vs. a Legal Assistant
Who Decides?

CHAPTER 19: The Future of Law Practice
Demographic Change
Changes in Society
The Demand for Legal Services
Future Practice
Employment Patterns
Salary Patterns
Diversity in the Profession


CHAPTER 20: Psychology of the Job Search
Mindset for Success

CHAPTER 21: Where to Look for Help
Your Career Services Office
Class Rank
Summer and Part-time Work

 Personal Contacts
Other Resources

CHAPTER 22: Investing in Yourself
Identifying Marketable Skills
Summer Jobs
Part-time Jobs
Education and Experience
Writing and Law Review
Debt Load
Dual-career Families
Other Considerations

CHAPTER 23: Packaging Yourself
Preparing a Resume
Do Your Career-Planning Homework
List Your Qualifications
Edit or Expand Your List
Shape and Arrange Your Qualifications
Heading—Start with the Facts
Personal Information
Lay It Out, Type It, and Review It
First Draft
Revise and Improve Your Draft
Hard Copies
Applications and Transcripts
Writing Samples
Letters of Reference
A Final Note

CHAPTER 24: Researching the Employer
Deciphering Employer Information


State Legal Directories
Corporation Directories
Government Directories
Work the Directories
On-line Databases

CHAPTER 25: Building a Network
Creating Your Network
Building Your Network
Maintaining Your Network
Utilizing Your Network

CHAPTER 26: Job Hunting Nuts and Bolts
Applying Long-Distance
Where Are the Lawyers?
Pitfalls for the Unwary
Timetable for the Job Search
How Long?

CHAPTER 27: Selling Yourself
Identifying Your Target
Contacting Your Target
Interviewing Your Target
Interviewing Styles
The Office Visit

CHAPTER 28: Making a Decision
Receiving an Offer
Negotiating an Offer
The Final Choice
Finding Satisfaction

CHAPTER 29: Renewing Your Options
Coping with Rejection
Building Skills
Graduate Law Study
Graduate School

CHAPTER 30: Where Do I Go From Here?

Appendix A: Representative Legal Skills
Appendix B: Employer Questionnaires Utilized
     by the National Association for Law Placement
Appendix C: Principles and Standards for Law Placement
      and Recruitment Activities
Appendix D: National Association for Law Placement
     Employment Trends, 1985–2000

Appendix E: Federal Employment, Form 171
Appendix F: Bibliography


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