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Welcome to Lawyers Weekly Jobs. Are you an attorney looking for work? The legal market isn't what it used to be. Prior to 2008, the legal industry was growing, driving thousands of college grads to law schools across the nation. Then came the collapse of the housing industry and a sharp downturn in the legal industry.
American Bar Association employment statistics showed that only 60% of the 2015 graduating law school class held full-time, long-term jobs requiring bar passage.
However, we are now seeing an improvement in legal employment. According to the latest ABA employment statistics, 75.3 percent of the 2017 graduating class was employed in the legal industry 10 months after graduation.
The entry-level market continues to be challenging, especially for the majority of law school grads seeking a job in "big law." According to the latest data, large firms (those with 500 or more attorneys), hire from a limited number of schools. Approximately two-thirds of the 4,000 job in big law go to graduates of top 20 law schools.
Now more than ever attorneys need all the help they can get when seeking a job. To that end, we put together a list of resources for attorneys at any level of their career looking for a job. Whether you graduated from law school yesterday or have 20 years experience in the legal field, we provide tips to help you land that next job.
We know that finding work as an attorney can be challenging. Given the shortage of legal work, you want to make sure you perfect your application, resume, and brush up on your interview skills.
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FEATURED ATTORNEY - CIVIL LITIGATION
Our new feature civil litigation attorney featured this month is Boris Lavent. Mr. Lavent is the founder and owner of Lavent Law, P.A. - https://www.laventlaw.com, a personal injury law firm in Miami, FL.
Mr. Lavent attended the prestigious University of Chicago School of Law where he graduated with honors. After graduating, he moved back to his hometown of Miami, FL to begin his legal practice.
Attorney Lavent was interested in practicing personal injury law because he enjoys working closely with clients. We asked him about the challenges of starting a new law firm.
"I think the most challenging aspect has been the marketing for personal injury. It seems like everyone is doing everything they can to get leads, so you have to be really aggressive to get leads," Mr. Lavent told us. "After a few bumps in the road, I finally got leads coming in and am looking forward to fighting for my clients."
We asked him about advice for new attorneys. "I would say really focus on what you love doing. If you love criminal law, then focus on that. At the end of the day, the attorneys that last are the ones doing what they love."
Read more about Mr. Lavent's experience.
FEATURED ATTORNEY - CIVIL LITIGATION
Our new feature civil litigation attorney featured this month is Oliver Naimi. Mr. Naimi is a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer at Citywide Law Group as well as co-founder.
Mr. Naimi attended Loyola School of Law and has practiced his entire career in Los Angeles, CA in the area of personal injury law.
We asked Mr. Naimi what drives him to work hard for his clients. He tells us, "I was in a serious car accident when I was young. The accident resulted in several surgeries and scars that I have to this day." Mr. Naimi continues, "the insurance company for the at-fault driver was hard to deal with. We didn't have a lawyer, and found out years later that we could have gotten a lot more money for my pain and suffering."
After I got better, I decided I wanted to go to law school to help others involved in similar car accidents by becoming a personal injury attorney.
We asked him what advice he has for attorneys that want to go out on their own. "Honestly, it's a lot of hard work and long hours. There's no way around it. But there's nothing more rewarding than owning your business."
Mr. Naimi continues, "If you're really serious about going solo, make sure you find a creative way to get leads. This could me online, offline, tv, or simply networking with friends and family. Don't get discouraged if it doesn't work at first. This process takes time."
Read more about Mr. Naimi's experience.
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