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How to Improve Your Chances of Finding a Job After Law School

When it comes to finding a job after you graduate from law school, there are two things that can help you stand out from the crowd. One of them is common knowledge. The other is not.

Everyone knows that finishing in the top 10 percent of your class matters–it impresses the hiring managers at big law firms. But the vast majority of students don’t make that 10 percent cut, so how can they improve their chances of finding a good job? Two words: practical experience.

That’s right, getting involved is one of the best-kept job-seeking secrets in law school, and it can mean the difference between landing a job right out of school and fighting it out with your classmates in interview after interview.

But what does “getting involved” really mean?

It means taking advantage of your school’s clinical program, where you’ll work with real clients to solve real legal issues. Every ABA-accredited law school in the United States has a clinical program that will allow you to work on anything from immigration issues to criminal defense cases to community development. Some even offer specialized clinics, such as intellectual property and elder law.

Getting involved can also mean signing up for an externship. These are for-credit courses that allow you to get out into the real world and work with practicing attorneys. You won’t get paid, but you’ll gain a lot of practical experience that’s sure to help you in your job search.

Don’t get the wrong idea, classroom work still matters. Employers will look at your GPA and class rank when they are deciding to whom to make an offer.

So do everything within your power to get the best grades you can. Study until you can’t study anymore. Hire a law school tutor to help you prepare for exams and even the bar exam. Work harder than you’ve ever worked before–law school is an expensive investment, you might as well make the most of it.

And making the most of it means getting involved. Honing your actual lawyering skills–this means your interviewing, writing, arguing, time management and even litigating skills–is one of the best ways to make yourself stand out from the crowd.

So roll up your sleeves, get involved and put some of the legal theories you study in the classroom to work in the real world. You, and your future employers, will be glad you did.

 

About the Author
Sumita Dalal is the Founder and CEO of FindMyLawTutor, the largest and most trusted website and online portal that connects law students with law tutors for success in law school. Whether preparing for the LSAT, are currently a law student or are studying for the bar exam, FindMyLawTutor makes finding a law tutor fast and easy.

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