Legal Industry Employment Info
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 the legal industry has yet to recover. American Bar Association employment statistics show that only 60% of the 2015 graduating law school class will hold full-time, long-term jobs requiring bar passage.
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 - CRIMINAL DEFENSE
Are you considering a career in criminal defense? Every month we feature a different attorney who will provide insight into his or her legal practice area. Our goal is to provide our readers practical insight from those working in the legal industry.
This month we feature Vikas Bajaj, a criminal defense attorney in San Diego, CA. For the past 16 years, Mr. Bajaj has worked exclusively in criminal law, handling both state and federal cases. His practice areas include domestic violence, drug crimes, theft crimes, and many more. He has developed an excellent reputation with his peers and prosecutors, and is regularly featured on both local and national news.
For undergrad, Mr. Bajaj attended University of California – San Diego. He then attended top-ranked University of Texas – Austin School of Law. During his time at UT-Austin, he focused on trial lawyering skills by participating in the trial litigator program.
We asked Mr. Bajaj about getting into a career in criminal defense. Like many legal professionals, he started his career by working for several different established attorneys in the San Diego, CA area. After a few years, he began to branch out on his own. According to Mr. Bajaj, the most difficult aspect of going solo is getting clients and keeping overhead low. To grow his practice, he kept his rent and staffing low, while focusing the bulk of his budget on marketing and advertising.
When asked what advice he has for young attorneys, he says, “Focus on learning your craft. Become the best attorney you can be. Impress people in court, including the judge and opposing counsel. Being a strong legal advocate should be your first priority – then focus on the business aspect of it. The biggest mistake I see new attorneys make is having too many fixed costs too early in their career. Make sure you spend your money on marketing. Wait until you develop your client base to upgrade the office.”
FEATURED ATTORNEY - CIVIL LITIGATION
This month we feature a new civil litigation attorney, John Rapillo, a personal injury lawyer in Orange County, CA. Mr. Rapillo has over 38 years experience handling all types of accident cases.
He began and has spent his entire career in Orange County, CA. He is a graduate of California Western School of Law in San Diego, CA.
Throughout the past almost 40 years, Mr. Rapillo has seen tremendous changes in the legal industry. We asked him about these changes and his thoughts on them.
"When I first began, you really couldn't market yourself the way you can now. You would usually spend years working under an older attorney to gain experience. Now, with the internet, anyone can set up a website and start getting leads." Mr. Rapillo tells us.
"Another change is client responsiveness. Meaning, as an attorney, we have to be far more responsive with our clients than in the past." He further explains, "While it was common in the past for an attorney to go several days before responding to a client, we now make it a point to respond within 24 hours to all client communications. That just how it is now."
Read more about Mr. Rapillo's experience.
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