Shauna C. Bryce, Esq.

Shauna C. Bryce, Esq.
Harvard Law School, JD ’96. Forbes, Bloomberg Law, ABA, NAWL (and more!) contributor. Author. Trainer. Speaker. Blogger. Coach. Career Portfolio Writer. Ex-BigLaw attorney. Former law firm hiring committee member. Unapologetic legal careers nerd.

Shauna C. Bryce, Esq. is a leading expert in career development, career transition, and career portfolios for lawyers.

Her mission is to help lawyers get jobs and build careers, using proven strategies she developed through her combined 20 years as a practicing attorney, a member of a law firm hiring committee, and a career adviser.

Her expert advice column, Ask the Hiring Attorney®, is published by Bloomberg Law (now reprinted by the American Bar Association) and she’s the author of several books on legal resumes, cover letters, and more. Shauna was also elected president of The National Resume Writers’ Association and has been profiled by Forbes.

She helps and advises experienced lawyers, as well as new attorneys and law school students, at every stage of their legal careers:

  • Maximizing their law school experience and ability to win legal or law-related employment at graduation,
  • Defining and achieving individual goals,
  • Creating and seizing opportunities, both short-term job and long-term career development opportunities,
  • Returning to law practice after personal hiatus or work in other fields,
  • Transitioning among practice areas or sectors (law firm to in-house, military to civilian, government to private, etc.), and
  • Designing a fulfilling retirement.

Background in Law, Legal Resumes, and Legal Hiring

Shauna graduated with honors from The Johns Hopkins University before attending Harvard Law School. She practiced in an international law firm based in Manhattan, a regional law firm, and a regulated business.

As attorney, she reviewed countless resumes, conducted interviews, served on a firm’s hiring committee, and mentored associates. Shauna then founded Bryce Legal to bring her expertise to others navigating the job search and career development process. Her clients have included attorneys from nearly every state, those working in overseas operations of U.S.-based employers, or foreign-trained lawyers entering the U.S. legal market.

In addition to providing one-on-one services, she writes well-researched books, articles, and presentations that share a goal: giving prospective job candidates detailed insight on the expectations of those who will be hiring them, as well as how to meet those expectations.

Shauna brings clients not only her own experiences, but lessons learned from an extensive network of attorneys across sectors and industries. For example, to research and write the acclaimed “How To Get A Legal Job: A Guide For New Attorneys And Law School Students,” Shauna interviewed more than 150 attorneys nationwide. How To Get A Legal Job® has since expanded into a series of books and a website. Her LexisNexis webinars and her expert advice column in Bloomberg Law and the American Bar Association, Ask the Hiring Attorney®, are circulated to nearly every law school and law student in the nation.

Major Publications

Author of the How To Get A Legal Job® series:

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Author: Ask the Hiring Attorney® column on Bloomberg Law and reprinted at the ABA for Law Student’s Beyond the Bar blog.

Contributor: Gallery of Best Cover Letters, 4th Edition (2012) | I Want to Work in an Association–Now What???: A Guide to Getting a Job in a Professional  Association, Membership Organization, or Society (2011) | industry white papers, best practices tips, and more

Publications or Events

Harvard Law School | Bloomberg Law | CNN Money/Fortune Magazine | LexisNexis | U.S. News & World Report | Forbes | University of Pennsylvania Law School | Harvard Club of Washington, DC | American Bar Association (ABA) | National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) | Monster | The Philadelphia Lawyer | The Journal of the Missouri Bar | International Business Times | SmartBrief | MENSA | Military Spouse JD Network | Happy Go Legal | The Girl’s Guide to Law School | Ms. JD | Career Thought Leaders (CTL) | The Student Appeal | NALP | National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) | The Johns Hopkins University | National Career Development Association (NCDA) | The National Resume Writers’ Association (The NRWA) | Generation JD / Maryland Daily Record | Mid-Career Minute | and others


Shauna C. Bryce, Esq. as an alumni leader at the annual Johns Hopkins University’s Women in Business Leadership Conference.

Degrees and Certifications

Harvard Law School, JD, 1996 | The Johns Hopkins University, BA, 1993 | Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and other careers industry certifications

Associations and Affiliations

President and Executive Board Member, former Ethics Chair, national conference speaker, national conference workshop presenter, and 2x teleseminar presenter for The National Resume Writers’ Association (The NRWA) | Former Board Member and Secretary, and annual conference speaker for the Maryland Career Development Association (MCDA) | Legal Resume Expert for The NRWA’s Expert Corner (renamed Ask a Colleague) | Career Directors International’s (CDI) Expert in Legal Resumes | Member or affiliate member of the National Association for Law Placement (NALP), Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL), National Legal Mentoring Consortium; CDI, MCDA, National Career Development Association (NCDA), The NRWA, Career Thought Leaders (CTL), Professional Association of Resume Writers & Career Coaches (PARW/CC), and others