Life Raft for Law School Students Launching Their Careers in ‘Perfect Storm’ of Crushing School Debt and Dismal Job Market
ANNAPOLIS, Md., July 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Law schools are gearing up for the on-campus recruiting season, yet the job market is the worst in a generation.
Once, a law degree ensured stable employment at a respectable salary. But fewer than half of the 40,000+ graduates in the Class of 2011 found permanent, full-time employment as lawyers in law firms. As law students begin the on-campus interviewing process, there is a new resource to help them. Shauna C. Bryce, Esq., a leading career adviser for attorneys, just launched http://www.HowToGetALegalJob.com. “It’s all about converting the massive investment in a law degree into a paying legal job and a law career,” she says.
How To Get A Legal Job helps law students confront the combination of:
- Rising costs of a law degree,
- Pressure to repay school loans while managing other costs of living,
- Fewer jobs at lowered salaries as employers scale back hiring and pay,
- Increased competition from displaced senior attorneys,
- Bias against the unemployed, the underemployed, and new graduates, and
- The lasting impact of lower pay and slower skill development.
Yet, “so many don’t have any idea how to face this perfect storm,” Bryce says. “They need help transitioning from student to professional.”
The new How To Get A Legal Job website expands on Bryce’s book, “How to Get a Legal Job: A Guide for New Attorneys and Law School Students.” Together, the website and book are the culmination of her 15+ years of law firm, in-house, hiring committee, and career counseling experience, and her 3 years of research and interviews of 150+ hiring lawyers across the country and across industries.
“I put in so much research because How To Get A Legal Job isn’t just about one person’s opinion,” Bryce says. “It’s built on advice from the same people who review resumes, interview, and make hiring decisions.” The thoroughness behind How To Get A Legal Job has been noted in numerous endorsements and reviews.
“The more job hunters know about the market conditions, the hiring process, and the real opinions of decision-makers,” she continues, “the better they can do in the marketplace.” The website and book teach the principles behind the advice, like what hiring attorneys think about various resume-writing strategies and why, as well as and provide step-by-step guides on implementing that advice, “so that students and recent graduates can understand, meet, and exceed expectations.”
Bryce is also including a forum on the website. “It’s hard to be candid on sites like LinkedIn and Facebook because they aren’t anonymous and they’re populated by employers, family, and classmates. I want to create a place of freedom for students that only anonymity can give.”
About Shauna C. Bryce, Esq.
Shauna C. Bryce, Esq. is a career industry leading expert in coaching and strategic resumes for lawyers. A graduate of Harvard Law School, Shauna served in a major law firm based in Manhattan, a regional law firm, and in-house at a regional company. During this time, she reviewed countless resumes, conducted interviews, worked on a firm’s hiring committee, and mentored associates. She then brought her expertise to job hunters, forming Bryce Legal Career Counsel. She is also the author of “How to Get a Legal Job: A Guide for New Attorneys and Law School Students,” a project involving 3 years interviewing more than 150 hiring attorneys.
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SOURCE Shauna C. Bryce, Esq.