The legal job market was strong until the start of 2020. And then came COVID. If you are currently a junior associate at a law firm, chances are that your first job search was more reactive than proactive. There were lots of options. Law firms came on campus for OCI and you ended up working as a summer associate (and eventually received an offer of permanent employment). Or maybe you responded to a posting from your career services office or even saw an ad on Indeed or LinkedIn for an entry level job.
The market has shifted and now that you’ve been on the job for a couple of years, what is the next step in your career? Partnership? Perhaps. But the reality for most associates is that they will make at least one move in the first few years of practice. Some associates will make a lateral move to another firm, while others may opt for in-house corporate roles, government agencies or even launching their own firms.
If you are a junior associate in your first job out of law school and you are looking for more career insights about these issues, join Stephen Seckler and Linda Kline for a live webinar at the Boston Bar Association on October 15th. Free for members of the BBA (sponsored by the New Lawyers Forum. The panelists will answer the following questions but come with your own as well:
- When to stay put and when to make a move, and how best to make that assessment?
- How to get the most out of your current situation?
- If you decide to move, how does the second job search differ from a law student job search?
- What are the benefits and drawbacks of using a recruiter vs. going at it alone?
- How has COVID impacted career planning?