Any Advice For Third Year Law Students?

With news that in February over 2,000 attorneys and law firm staff lost their jobs, does anyone have any advice for third year law students entering the marketplace in 2009?
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Gyi Tsakalakis
Chicago, Illinois
Law Marketing

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I'm curious how the hunt went as well.  I would also agree with Tomas. We are seeing a surge in smaller firms in our segment.


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How did the job search go?  you originally posted this question in February and I was recently wondering whether you were able to find emplyment.



Kelly Frame
Charleston, South Carolina
Business Law

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Peter LaSorsa
Chicago, Illinois
Internet Law

I am in solo practice and concentrate on employment discrimination specifically sexual harassment I also stay current on technology and business issues.

Gianna,  I see the government growing in 2009-2012 and you may consider a government position in a field you enjoy.  You should try networking with groups like the federal bar association-they have a very active chicago branch.  Also, don't be afraid to hang out your own shingle while searching for employment--you don't need a fancy office and can rent office space in downtown Chicago very economically if you look right.  For example Regus allows you to have a shared office for under $300 a month and that gets you a great building and staff.  Just starting out you won't be that busy to where you will need to be in an office 40 hours a week anyway.   Let me know if you need any ideas.  Pete


Tomas Flores
San Diego, California

Former Deputy District Attorney, background in software engineering. Experienced litigator and intellectual property practitioner.

Gianna Scatchell,

I would advise third year law students to work for smaller firms where they would be exposed to actual legal work.  Get your hands dirty, and live on a smaller salary while you learn the practice and the business of a law firm. 

I would caution against working in a firm where you don't learn how to practice on your own should the need arise.  A friend of mine worked for a very large, very prestigious firm in San Francisco.  While he made a lot of money, he didn't set foot in a court room, handle his own cases, or retain a single client.  When that firm went under, he was not prepared to hit the ground running on his own. 

Best of luck to you,
Tomas M. Flores, Esq.