The legal sector is far from monolithic. A wide array of skills, talents, and roles to keep our legal system (and the economy and society that depends upon it!) running. And so legal professionals come in many forms other than attorneys practicing law:
- FBI, DEA, ATF, Secret Service, and other federal agents
- State police, military police, and other law enforcement
- Executive and legal assistants
- Legal secretaries
- Legal and executive recruiters (both retained and contingency)
- Human resources professionals
- Law firm IT professionals
- Data privacy and data security experts
- FOIA (Freedom Of Information Act) responders
- Law firm marketing professionals
- Law firm directors and managers
- Legal industry vendors and sales representatives
- Social workers
- Judicial staff
- Court administrators and other personnel
- Private and corporate investigators
- Collections agents
- Process servers
- Bond agents
- Insurance claims representatives and processors
- Contract managers
- Compliance experts
What you have in common is that — like attorneys — you study, develop, and apply law. In fact, although non-JD law degrees and certifications are growing in popularity, you may even have a traditional JD.
However, the best career advice for lawyers isn’t the same as the best career advice for an FBI agent or a law firm marketer or a legal assistant. The best resume for an attorney isn’t the same as the best resume for a police officer or a court reporter or a paralegal.
Whether you’re law firm management and marketing, law enforcement, court staff, or litigation support, your work is fundamentally different. And so your career options and challenges, as well as your career coaching and resume writing needs, as also different…
- A retiring FBI agent is exploring investigative, corporate security, and other options in the private sector. How does she translate her extensive experience and expertise in the federal government for the demands the multinational corporate world?
- An IT project manager is pursuing law firm options. How does he bridge the gap between his technical experience in corporations and the particulars of the law firm environment?
- A newly certified paralegal is pursuing his first paralegal position. How does he decide which law firms will most give him the most hands-on experience and the most compensation? How does he position himself to find and go after those opportunities?
*Samples are composites designed to protect the identities of individuals.
You need — and deserve — career advice, resumes, cover letters, and more that are designed for your unique needs.
Resume Writing and Career Coaching for Legal Professionals
Here on Bryce Legal, you’ll find a lot of practical information about what’s happening in the legal sector — including trends in hiring, law firm management, legal technology, alternative service providers, and the delivery of legal services — that impact the career options of not only attorneys, but also other legal professionals.
Although Shauna C. Bryce only directly works with lawyers who want to practice law, she has developed a network of professional resume writers and career coaches to help the millions of other legal professionals like you. Her network includes native Spanish speakers capable of working with professionals in bilingual jurisdictions like Puerto Rico, as well as working with professionals looking to enter the U.S. market from Spain or Latin America.
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