Job Search Strategies for Entry-Level Attorneys

According to author Richard L. Hermann, “As a result of the Great Recession, nearly eight percent of attorneys at the 250 largest U.S. law firms were laid off in 2009-10, in addition to those attorneys terminated by state and local governments, and from corporate and small law firm positions. Meanwhile, the number of law school grads able to enter the legal work force has declined sharply, and entry-level lawyers are competing not only against each other—and jobless attorneys with experience—but also against law grad from the classes of 2009 and 2010.”

Despite this apparent gloom, in his book From Lemons to Lemonade in the New Legal Job Market: Winning Job Search Strategies for Entry-Level Attorneys [Find it], Hermann asserts that “[l]aw school, however, is no lemon” and that entry-level attorneys can make lemonade from the lemons of a legal job search.

In From Lemons to Lemonade, legal job searchers can learn a battery of effective techniques to enhance the chances of career success, and discover over 800 things you can do with a law degree outside of traditional law practice.  Chapters cover topics such as:

  • Small town law
  • Teaching in non-traditional environments
  • Understanding employer needs
  • Dissecting a job ad
  • Enhancing your law credentials
  • Emphasizing your intangibles;  and
  • Writing your way to a job