It’s a hard time to be an entry-level attorney.
If you’re a junior lawyer, a new attorney, a traditional law school student (straight from college to law school), or a non-traditional law student (second-career, multiple degrees, more than two years of work history, etc.), then right now you’re facing questions about:
- Converting the more than $150,000 (or more!) you invested to earn your law degree into a legal or law-related job that’s full-time, permanent, and paying,
- Navigating the most competitive legal job market in a generation,
- Uncovering and seizing opportunities — not just for a job now, but also to build your career,
- Understanding, meeting, and even exceeding hiring attorneys’ expectations and a whole lot more.
Through Bryce Legal, you have access to free resources — including hundreds of blog posts — on the hiring trends, job search tips, career development information specifically related to the legal sector. Or you can purchase resume writing and career development books. You can even work one-on-one with Shauna C. Bryce, Esq. or with one of her personally vetted referral partners.
Shauna is a nationally recognized expert and author whose clients have worked in some of the world’s top companies and law firms. She’s been featured in Forbes, Bloomberg Law, CNN / Money, U.S. News & World Report, and the American Bar Association for Law Students, as well as in LexisNexis webinars and in its Career Guidance Hub. She’s a former president of The National Resume Writers’ Association, an affiliate member of the National Association for Law Placement (NALP), a member of the National Legal Mentoring Consortium (NLMC), and a past participant in the Institute for the Advance of the American Legal System’s (IAALS) Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers® conference.
Why Work with Shauna?
The standard law school resume makes you all look the same. And if you were all the same, then that format would serve you equally well.
But every entry-level attorney is different, with different backgrounds, strengths, weaknesses, and career goals. You’re applying in different areas of the country, to different types of employers who look for different qualifications in entry-level lawyers…
- A law student is fluent in Arabic. Anticipating she would be an immigration lawyer, she attended her local Tier 3 law school because of its strong ties to the local immigrant community. She worked full-time during law school at a local bank, and now she’s decided to pursue a career in Islamic finance. Is it possible to land a role in a multinational financial services institution or a Big 4 consulting firm?
- An aspiring litigator is great with people and great on his feet. He took two clinics and summered at litigation boutiques were he excelled. But he’s not so great in the classroom. His grades just don’t reflect his ability. How can he find and market himself to employers who value his strengths rather than focus on his weakness?
- An entry-level lawyer with an M.S. and a B.S. in mechanical engineering co-authored six academic papers. She’s now a patent agent in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Now that she has two years of training, how can she transition to a patent attorney role?
- A second-career law school student worked in his family’s construction company for six years and then as a real estate broker for another 10 years. He isn’t a traditional law student and, while he understands the idea of paying one’s dues, he doesn’t want a traditional entry-level lawyer experience. How can he get proper credit at a law firm for his prior work experience and transferrable skills?
*Samples are composites designed to protect the identities of individual clients.
In some cases, they’ve been using the standard format without results. In other cases, they recognize the disconnect right away. In either case, most entry-level attorneys come to Shauna because they aren’t typical and their career goals are unlikely to be obtained by using a resume and cover letter format designed for the average law school student.
Career Coaching / Resume Writing for Junior Attorneys, New Attorneys, and Law School Students
You can work with Shauna on action-oriented coaching to reach your short and long-term goals, including the job search, finding unadvertised opportunities (“the hidden job market”), networking, interviewing, social media, transition from student to practitioner, and other career building issues.
Work with a Referral Partner Instead
If working one-on-one with Shauna isn’t for you, but you’d still like to work with an expert rather take on DIY options, then you may want to work with her a network of professional resume writers and career coaches. These referral partners are experienced resume writers and career coaches — often former practicing lawyers themselves — who can help you launch your legal career.
DIY Resume and Career Resources for Junior Attorneys, New Attorneys, and Law Students
In addition to reading through the Bryce Legal Career Advice for Lawyers blog, you can also work on your own, at your own pace, using the How To Get A Legal Job® resources, which have been highly recommended by hiring attorneys across sectors.
The increased visibility and creditability of a great LinkedIn® profile can lead to job opportunities, professional connections, and an edge in the hiring process. LinkedIn® For Lawyers And Law Students is an in-depth resource that explains the theory behind an outstanding LinkedIn® profile and gives you step-by-step instructions to implement that theory in real life situations. LinkedIn® For Lawyers And Law Students also helps rising attorneys avoid pitfalls that can derail their careers, and set themselves for success both in the job search and for the long haul.
Your references must confirm to hiring attorneys or the hiring director that you’ll be a great hire — in other words, that you can and will do the work the new employer needs you to do, you’ll fit in and prosper, and you’ll stay in the position long enough for their investment in you to pay off. Reference Checks, Reference Pages, And Letters Of Recommendation explains how and why employers ask for your references so you can prepare for the reference check as well as ensure your references can help you move from job interview to job offer.
Each step of the hiring process is designed to make sure you’re worthy of a law firm or other employer’s significant investment. When it comes to hiring you — an attorney or law school student — those employers want you to demonstrate though your writing sample that you can: use deductive logic; organize your thoughts; write cleanly and clearly; explain legal issues concisely; understand the law and apply to a specific set of facts; and argue your position with efficacy and credibility. Writing Samples is a thorough, yet concise book that explains how to choose and prepare your writing sample for maximum impact.
Did you know networking is the most successful way to find your next position, find career building opportunities, start building a client base, and more? Networking Cards is a concise resource that explains the theory behind effective networking cards and gives you step-by-step instructions to implement that theory in real life situations.They can be powerful tools to help attorneys and law students identify their unique value proposition, self-market, and network in-person.
The book that launched a series… As a current law school student, recent graduate, or a junior attorney, you know the job market has been tough. How To Get A Legal Job: A Guide For New Attorneys And Law School Students is a one-of-a kind insider’s guide created from in-depth interviews with over 150 hiring attorneys — a cross-section of the very people who will be reviewing your resume, interviewing you, and deciding to hire you (or not). Endorsed by experienced lawyers across sectors, including hiring attorneys, judges, law school officials, and legal recruiters.
As a current law school student, recent graduate, or a junior attorney, you know you’re facing the worst job market in years. Outtakes! is all the raw and politically incorrect — but honest — quotes and lessons from hiring attorneys that can help you find and win a job. A supplement to How To Get A Legal Job: A Guide For New Attorneys And Law Students, Outtakes! contains all the quotes that couldn’t fit into the original. But Outtakes! is more than that: the quotes are grouped by topic, and created for you a set of common themes or takeaways.
Other Recommended Resources for New Attorneys and Law Students
Shauna’s Q&A column, Ask the Hiring Attorney®, in the American Bar Association (ABA) for Law Students’ “Before the Bar.” (Originally published in Bloomberg Law.)
- Ask the Hiring Attorney: How can I sound qualified?
- Ask the Hiring Attorney: What does it mean to ‘be professional’?
- Ask the Hiring Attorney: How do I show my bar status on my resume?
Shauna’s interviews in U.S. News & World Report:
- Rise in Firm Hiring Offers More Opportunities for Law Students
- Advance a Law-Related Career Without Passing the Bar
- Assess Career Goals Before Becoming a Law School Student
Shauna’s feature article, originally published in Bloomberg Law, Quasi-Legal Jobs Can Jumpstart Your Legal Career
Feature article and Shauna’s interview with CNN Money and Fortune Magazine’s Ask Annie, Job-hunting law school grads will face a ‘perfect storm’
Shauna’s interviews at Lexis Hub:
- Eight Reasons Why Lawyers Resist Effective Networking — How to Show Your True Value
- Business Casual, Outside Events, and Other “Dressing” Dilemmas
Feature interview at The Girl’s Guide to Law School, Want A Legal Job? Listen To Shauna C. Bryce
Shauna’s two-part feature interview at Happy Go Legal. (not currently available)
• Part 1: Put Your Best Foot Forward: Professional Attire Simplified For Summer Associates
• Part 2: Business Casual And Two Kinds Of Suits (Eek)
Feature interview at The Student Appeal, A Day in the Life of a Legal Career Coach
Shauna’s two-part feature interview by Michael Siri, Esq., Generation J.D.
• Part 1: Getting the Interview and Getting A Job: Interviewing at Law Firms, Part 1
• Part 2: Getting the Interview and Getting A Job: Interviewing at Law Firms, Part 2
Shauna’s interview with Kim Isaacs, Monster Resume Expert, Monster.com, Resume Security: Safeguard Your Contact Information.
Ian E. Scott, Esq.’s “Law School Lowdown: Secrets of Success from the Application Process to Landing the First Job” examines every step of becoming a lawyer, teaching you how to evaluate the choices you face so you can make smart decisions about your future, and increase the odds that — even in this competitive economy — you will become full-time, paid attorney in the practice areas of your choice. This is a resource that can save you a lot of hard, expensive lessons.