As you explore Career Planning for Lawyers, you might find some of these resources helpful.
- Justia – Legal Practice Areas – to learn about areas of law that interest you
- Lawyers.com to find lawyers who practice in an area of your interest
- Read about Solo Practice University where I am a Career Resource
- JDSupra – where you can post your documents and find a niche
- Unemployed Lawyers – more resources
Go to my Lawyer Satisfaction Blog and check out the blogs in the blogroll
This is a recent quite active and popular form of social networking that I have found to be valuable and useful in connecting with those in the legal profession and in keeping up with what is current.
For a list of some lawyers who use Twitter, see the list maintained by JDScoop. Here are the user names of some of the twitters who I follow. To contact anyone of them once you have joined, you simply have to precede the username with @ Advocatesstudio – Legaltweet – Lexmonitor – Lextweeter – MIAMICRIMLAW - Rex7 – Unemployedlawye - Claxtonlegal
Once you know what you want to do, consider talking to those in the law firm (if you are leaving one). You should also contact your law school dean, faculty and career office and get the names of lawyers/mentors who practice in your chosen practice area. Also consider joining Bar Association Committees and organizations related to that area.
What You Can Do with a Law Degree by Deborah Arron
Lawful Pursuit: Careers in Public Interest Law by Ronald W. Fox
Solo by Choice by Carolyn Elefant
Dreams of My Father, Barack Obama
REPORTS HIGHLY CRITICAL OF LEGAL EDUCATION
Legal Education and Professional Development – An Educational Continuum, Report of the Task Force on Law Schools and the Profession: Narrowing the Gap, the American Bar Association Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar – (the MacCrate Report) ABA, 1992 The Deeply Unsatisfactory Nature of Legal Education Today – A Self Study On the Problems of Legal Education and on the Steps the Massachusetts School of Law Has Taken to Overcome Them, Massachusetts School of Law, 1992
The Firm (in which the hero makes a healthy transition)
The Wrestler (in which the hero makes an unhealthy transition)