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
If you are considering a career in civil litigation or personal injury, we offer career insights from an experienced personal injury lawyer with an impressive resume and even more impressive educational background.
Attorney Sherwin Arzani is an award-winning injury lawyer and a co-founder of Citywide Law Group, a personal injury law firm located in Los Angeles, CA. Mr. Arzani began his education at prestigious UCLA for undergrad. After a successful college career, he applied and was accepted to the University of Michigan School of Law, consistently ranked one of the top law schools in the U.S., by U.S. News and World Reports.
During his time at Michigan, Mr. Arzani focused extensively on trial advocacy and writing. At the time, he did not know he would pursue a career in personal injury, but wanted to make sure he was ready for any legal path he chose to pursue.
After graduating law school, he moved back home to Los Angeles and began a career in real estate law. Despite his success, he wanted a career path that would put him in contact with more people and feel like he was helping others.
He soon transitioned to personal injury law, and has for the last twelve years helped those seeking compensation after being injured due to someone else's negligence.
We asked Mr. Arzani what advice he has for young attorneys, He told us, "focus on doing something you love. Don't just do it because you're good at it. You have to have real passion for it if you're going to do it for the next 30 - 40 years of your life. There's nothing I love more than handing families a check to compensate them for their injuries. You see their smile and the relief wash over their face. It's priceless."
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