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3L Strategies How to Get a Job with Your JD. Confront The Brutal Facts Facing “Global War on Jobs” -Law Firm Model Change -Gov’t/PI Budget Issues -Hiring.

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1 3L Strategies How to Get a Job with Your JD

2 Confront The Brutal Facts Facing “Global War on Jobs” -Law Firm Model Change -Gov’t/PI Budget Issues -Hiring Freeze/Downsizing in Business & Higher Education -Increased Job Competition Accept What You Cannot Change Control What You Can - Your Attitude & Effort

3 Career Planning is A Process 1. Re-Assess Your VIPS 2. Rethink Your Job Search 3. Redefine Your Immediate Goals 4. Reload Your Professional Tool Kit 5. Build and Utilize Your Network

4 Step 1 – Re-Assessment What do you want to do? What do you want to do? Where do you want to go? Where do you want to go? What are your VIPS? What are your VIPS? The more clarity you have, the better able you will be to conduct your job search, set realistic goals and empower your network to assist you The more clarity you have, the better able you will be to conduct your job search, set realistic goals and empower your network to assist you

5 Strengths = Transferable Skills Legal – research, writing, analysis, strategic thinking, oral advocacy, negotiation, mediation, contracts Legal – research, writing, analysis, strategic thinking, oral advocacy, negotiation, mediation, contracts Adaptive – listening, problem-solving, work ethic, professionalism, initiative, time management, resilience, judgment Adaptive – listening, problem-solving, work ethic, professionalism, initiative, time management, resilience, judgment Technical – computer proficiency, foreign language, web development, undergrad degree or work experience Technical – computer proficiency, foreign language, web development, undergrad degree or work experience

6 Step 2 - Job Research What are all of my options? What are all of my options? How can I best utilize my legal education, skills and experience right now? How can I best utilize my legal education, skills and experience right now? What is the best fit for me? What is the best fit for me? Where can I get the best training, mentoring and experience? Where can I get the best training, mentoring and experience?

7 Major Job Categories Law Firms Government/Military Public Interest Business/Corporation Academia Judicial Clerkships Other (Non-Legal)

8 Law Firms OCI never was the only game in town Check Symplicity regularly Small-medium firms still hiring, but many opportunities not advertised Identify target firms – –Martindale, Westlaw, Indiana Legal Directory, Bar Associations, Google, etc. – –Check web sites and contact directly – phone calls v. s

9 Government/Military 273,000 Federal jobs to be filled by 2012 – –#3 Enforcement and Compliance – 31,000 – –#4 Legal – 23,500 Presidential Management Fellows Government Honors Handbook Final Semester in DC States > OCPD Online Resources Volunteering leads to Full-Time Jobs!

10 Have you considered… Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center –http://www.crane.navy.mil/defaulthome.asp –Contract Specialists –Environmental –Logistics –Other Gov’t contracts not boring and lucrative! Gov’t contracts not boring and lucrative!

11 Public Interest OCPD Online Resources OCPD Online Resources PSLawNet.org – Orgs vs. Opportunities PSLawNet.org – Orgs vs. Opportunities Volunteer with Public Defender, Legal Aid or Non-Profits to build upon existing skills and/or learn new ones Volunteer with Public Defender, Legal Aid or Non-Profits to build upon existing skills and/or learn new ones Volunteer to clerk for a judge, ideally where you want to practice, after graduation Volunteer to clerk for a judge, ideally where you want to practice, after graduation

12 Business/Corporation Finance/Tax Finance/Tax Human Resources Human Resources Supply Chain/Procurement Supply Chain/Procurement Logistics Logistics Regulatory Compliance Regulatory Compliance Public Relations Public Relations

13 Academia Higher education - IU, Ivy Tech, local community colleges Higher education - IU, Ivy Tech, local community colleges Institutions w/o law schools Institutions w/o law schools Chronicle of Higher Education Chronicle of Higher Education Private high schools and college prep schools Private high schools and college prep schools

14 Other Post-Graduate Options Fellowships – EJW, IU Grad Grant Center Fellowships – EJW, IU Grad Grant Center Research Assistants Research Assistants Contract/Temp Legal Work Contract/Temp Legal Work –Check OCPD Online Resources for a list of temp firms (register for multiple firms) Individual Project Work Individual Project Work Other Contract/Temp Work Other Contract/Temp Work Chamber of Commerce in desired location Chamber of Commerce in desired location

15 Step 3 – Goal Setting Set realistic, attainable goals – viable options Set realistic, attainable goals – viable options Get organized - give yourself action steps and deadlines Get organized - give yourself action steps and deadlines Be persistent and patient Be persistent and patient “Finding a job is a full-time job!” “Finding a job is a full-time job!”

16 Step 4 – Re-Tool Revise cover letter – tell your “story” Update resume = marketing brochure Practice interviewing – convey genuine interest and enthusiasm Solicit letters of recommendation and references (esp. former employers) Business cards are essential – see OCPD

17 STEP 5 - Networking You are in the “relationship business”!

18 Communication is Key Periodically update contacts with new, relevant information about you: Periodically update contacts with new, relevant information about you: –Articles/notes written –High grades & related coursework –Involvement with CLE’s & symposiums –Summer work and clinical experience –Other volunteering, leadership roles or personal accomplishments

19 Check-in with former/prospective employers to remind them of your interest, availability and enthusiasm Check-in with former/prospective employers to remind them of your interest, availability and enthusiasm Develop/manage productive professional and personal relationships with a diverse audience Develop/manage productive professional and personal relationships with a diverse audience Out of Sight = Out of Mind !! Out of Sight = Out of Mind !!

20 Expand Your Network Network with alumni Network with alumni –Indiana Law and IUAA –Are you a member of the alumni association at your undergrad (Masters, PhD) school? –Job shadow –Informational interview –Volunteer Join local and/or state bar associations Join local and/or state bar associations

21 Advice Let OCPD help you develop/implement your personal strategy Let OCPD help you develop/implement your personal strategy Don’t be a well-kept secret - get out there and meet people Don’t be a well-kept secret - get out there and meet people Persistence and patience trumps talent Persistence and patience trumps talent Do what Lawyers do – and make the best of the situation! Do what Lawyers do – and make the best of the situation! GOOD LUCK! GOOD LUCK!


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