6 useful websites for finding a legal job

By Hillary Mantis

This long cold winter is finally ending, so it’s time to ramp up your job search. Now that March is here, whether you are looking for a summer or a permanent job, it’s an ideal time to revitalize your search. Over spring break, you might want to check out these web sites to help you get started:

Your School’s Job Listings: Since your own school’s job site will contain listings from alumni which may not appear on any other site, this is an obvious place to start, and check often. If you are looking for a private sector job, you will find that many small law firms don’t post until spring, so this is a great time to focus on small firm listings. Unlike government, small firms tend to hire close in time to when they need someone to start.

Indeed.com: This is a great all-purpose site, which contains all sorts of legal job listings for different positions. Although I tend to think of this site primarily for permanent jobs, a recent search yielded some attractive summer job listings as well. I’ve also seen some good quasi-legal positions on this site for fields such as compliance.

PSJD.org: This is a fabulous source of public sector internships. There were still many internships listed when I checked. If your school still has funding available to subsidize summer public interest jobs which are unpaid, you might even get paid for one of the otherwise unpaid internships.

Usajobs.gov: This is a very large site with federal government listings. It may be more helpful to those seeking permanent jobs at this point, as many summer federal internship deadlines may have passed. For soon to be grads, try putting in search terms other than attorney to yield additional listings. Try J.D., policy analyst, contract administrator, and compliance analyst, to name a few.

Idealist.org: This site, while not just for lawyers, has many interesting public sector jobs that lawyers might like. It is a hodgepodge of all sorts of nonprofit and public interest job listings. Several listings in a recent check of the site mentioned J.D. preferred, so a law degree could definitely help you land these jobs. I personally have known many lawyers who have found excellent jobs through this site.

LinkedIn: LinkedIn is not just for networking. It’s also a source of job listings. And a source of potential contacts at different firms/organizations. If you haven’t already set up a profile on LinkedIn, set one up over spring break. Join the alumni group for your law school and your college. Try the advanced search function for more detailed searches. It’s becoming more and more widely used to find a job.

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Hillary Mantis consults with law students, lawyers, and pre-law students. She is the author of Alternative Careers for Lawyers, and a Director of the Pre-Law Program at Fordham University. You can write to Hillary at altcareer@aol.com

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