Navigating Your Career As A Lawyer

You’ve spent the time putting in all the hard work to get your law degree. Even after countless hours of studying (and more student loan bills than you’d care to count) you’ve made it! You survived law school and now are out to set the world on fire!
As a lawyer you’ve got decisions to make. Do you enter private practice? Do you join up with a high tier corporate team? Do you serve the people working pro bono? Do you shoot for the firm that makes you partner faster than others? Career growth and development is one of the most important self-improvement facets that one should take very seriously. Successful career people know the importance of career trajectory especially from a lawyer’s point of view. Here are a few things to think about as you expand your career as a lawyer:

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The marketplace is changing…

Here’s the good news… If you want to set out on your own, you’ve got a much better shot at making it work then generations before you had. Lawyer marketplaces are popping up everywhere giving new lawyers the ability to connect with clients. Take Lawbooth for example…You can be a brand new attorney, setup a profile with Lawbooth and field questions from potential clients the very next day. Where as old school private practice lawyers had to setup shop on main street and hope the new Yellow Pages would hit sooner rather than later, new lawyers can get up and running literally overnight.

Cost of education is rising…

Ok the last thing you want to do is take on more school right? Technically that’s what we all feel like until we get out into the real world. After a few months don’t be surprised if you hear random stories of your old classmates looking to add on another degree or specialty. While this is great for advancing your overall career, try to find reasonable fiscal opportunities to venture back into the classroom. Often firms and larger corporations will subsidize a portion of extended class work. Take them up on the offer when it’s presented (if you have a desire to add more education to that already fantastic law degree).

Purpose over paycheck…

Let’s face it, society as a whole doesn’t always encourage us to take our more passionate route when it comes to life work. However, its not too hard to bridge the connection between burn out and chasing a paycheck. Do yourself a favor and really step back to think about an area you would find purpose in while practicing law. If you can’t align a job perfectly to that, seek out volunteer opportunities to connect to!

Give back early and often…

So you’ve landed a law degree and naturally every aunt, uncle and neighbors daughter seems to ring you when they have so much as a traffic ticket. Sure at times it might be unwanted time wastes. However, try to give back as much as you can. These people look at you as an authority and respect your knowledge. They’ll be the first ones to recommend you to their boss or community leader when whispers of a lawyer heard.

Network early and often…

We’re not living the 50’s anymore and people change not only jobs but careers. Fortunately you’ve got a high need commodity in the form of your insight and knowledge around law. Be sure to network with people outside of your direct field. Showing up, catching up and generally getting to know others will help should you want to switch up what area you are in down the road.

In summary, your career is just getting started! Which means there is so much excitement on the horizon you’re going to be dazzled by all the opportunities that come up. Be sure to use your insight and intuition to find opportunities worth pursuing. Be patient. Keep learning. And enjoy the ride!