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How to Get a Job as a Lawyer

John Farnan, board member of the National Lawyers Association, recommends: "Try to get your foot in the door. If you get an offer, consider taking it—even if it is not your 'dream job'—and build up your experience. Develop your contacts both inside and outside the legal field." Farnan encourages candidates to form and maintain relationships with friends in the field, prospective employers, and clients. After all, as Farnan says, "It is important to try and assess whether the lawyer would likely interact well with, and help retain and grow, existing firm clients and perhaps develop the capacity, down the road, to develop her or his own book of business."

Interview Questions Submitted by Real Lawyers

"What was most challenging case you tried and how did you navigate through it." - Fulton County District Attorney's Office Senior District Attorney Candidate (Atlanta, GA)

"Have you ever failed to speak and later regretted it and what was it that you failed to say." - CIGNA Lawyer Candidate (Philadelphia, PA)

"What do you consider a long workday?" - Minnesota Attorney General Attorney Candidate (Location Unknown)

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What is the Job Like?

Part-time jobs and internships with law firms and government agencies can provide valuable hands-on experience and might lead to a job. John Farnan, board member of the National Lawyers Association, recommends: “Try to get your foot in the door. If you get an offer, consider taking it ­— even if it is not your ‘dream job’ — and build up your experience. Develop your contacts both inside and outside the legal field.” Farnan encourages candidates to form and maintain relationships with friends in the field, prospective employers and clients. After all, as Farnan says, “It is important to try and assess whether the lawyer would likely interact well with, and help retain and grow, existing firm clients and perhaps develop the capacity, down the road, to develop her or his own book of business.”

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