In his 21st Century Legal Career Series, Richard L. Hermann researches, evaluates, and predicts where the employment opportunities are and will be for law graduates.
Volume 13, Tricks of the Trade (and Professional) Associations: A Huge "Hidden" Legal Job Market, examines the largely under the radar legal career opportunities in the 95,000 U.S. trade and professional associations. Formed as non-profits, they defy the typical image of what comes to mind when legal job-seekers hear that term. Rather than a struggling advocacy or public interest organization with its hand out, begging for donations and paying its staff peanuts, Hermann counters these associations share four features that should be of interest to every attorney:
1. They have substantial assets (more than $2 trillion in the aggregate);
2. They employ tens of thousands of attorneys;
3. You can find these attorneys in places other than just the in-house counsel office; and
4. They are corporations. Consequently, they share many of the structural features of their for-profit counterparts. Lawyers who work for their in-house counsel offices have many of the same responsibilities as their commercial company brethren. Their legal responsibilities mirror those of for-profit corporations quite closely, the major exception being that they do not practice securities law. And, like their commercial counterparts, associations hire lawyers for a wide variety of JD Advantage jobs.
Tricks of the Trade delves into all this and more.
• An Association Primer
• Why Is the Association Job Market Hot?
• Where Do Lawyers Work in Associations?
• Selected JD Advantage Job Titles
• Positioning Yourself for an Association Legal Job
• What Do Association Jobs Pay?
• Advance Notice of Association Job Opportunities
Why Do Associations Hire Attorneys? The principal reason attorneys are prized by associations is because so much of what these organizations do is informed and infused by law. Almost every aspect of association work has some legal orientation or component, or requires legal input. Lawyers are in the best position to serve in an array of association positions because they can perform so many of the missions that give rise to associations, make them relevant, and keep them in business.
Hermann takes you behind the scenes and details how you can build a fulfilling career in this often overlooked, vibrant career arena.