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It can be hard sometimes to find that boost into a new job field, especially in the legal profession. You may be a student just graduating school or an experienced professional that is just now jumping into the field. Either way you could feel a bit lost or overwhelmed. Lucky for you, About.com compiled a list of 8 ways to help jump start a legal career. Here is what they came up with:
1. Educate Yourself There is no better way to get ahead in some areas than to advance your education and obtain an advanced degree or certification.
2. Leverage Your Expertise If you have any experience in other fields such as accounting, nursing or engineering, you can leverage these things in law. You can do this through consulting or through specialization in your niche area.
3. Perform a Self-Assessment Before moving forward on this career path, it would be a good thing to give yourself a good self-assessment to determine if this career is a god one for you. A way to do this is to make a list of your strengths and weaknesses. Then objectively review your experience and credentials to determine if a career in the law is for you
4. Research The Field One thing many do before making a huge commitment is to do some research on it .Before you make the jump headfirst into the industry, read literature and scour websites for information relating to qualifications, duties, educational requirements, salaries and job outlook relating to the legal position that you are interested in obtaining.
5. Cultivate Professional Contacts One way to learn about the profession is through networking. You should network constantly to gain professional contacts. Contact local law firms or attend local chapter meetings, seminars, or luncheons. Talking to people who work in the field to will not only allow you to learn more about the profession, but learn more about available job openings.
6. Become Tech-Savvy Today’s society is technology-driven. Lawyers, paralegals and legal secretaries who are tech-savvy have an advantage in the legal marketplace today. Because of this it is important to become proficient in technology applications that apply to your field.
7. Locate a Mentor A great way to get a jump-start is to find a mentor. A mentor can help educate you on many things such as the benefits, pitfalls and daily tasks of the profession. They can also help you out by referring you to new clients and guiding you toward new opportunities.
8. Shadow a Legal Professional One of the best things to do is to shadow a professional. Shadowing allows you to learn about what the job is like on a daily basis. This give you the opportunity to ask questions about the job and make connections as well. To find a job shadowing position near you, visit job shadowing websites such as Career Connector.
3-4 things mentioned above can be done online such as following blogs, getting touch with professionals, but the experience earned physically is the best.