10 Ways to Get a Job in the Legal Industry

1. Know your market: It is paramount, when you are seeking for a job in the legal industry that you do your research and conduct proper market research. You need to know what jobs, where and which opportunities or roles are available. When you take the time to understand the terrain of the general market, you give yourself a great chance of being a step ahead of the rest of your rivals.

2. Be Narrow: After an overall knowledge of the entire legal industry in your area, you will then need to narrow down your search to a specific area of focus. As a law student or recent graduate of a law, you might consider public-interest law, clerkships, internships or working for private firms. If you possess a legal support education, then you might go for jobs like being a paralegal or a authorized secretary. The point is, securing a job as a legal practitioner does not mean you can apply for all the jobs available, you need to be specific, and let all your options run down to a single point of focus.

3. Maintain the appearances: No matter how much faith you have in the solidity and viability of your C.V, it can still not take the place of your personal presence and appearance. What this means is that you don’t expect your application to do the whole job for you, in fact, some employers wouldn’t be so much impressed with whatsoever you’ve written. Instead, they want to assess you, your temperament, neatness, promptness, and mannerisms, etc. These and many other non-verbal clues are what your prospective employers are looking to see when you step inside the door. Little wonder then that “appearance is everything” couldn’t be truer in a legal industry.

4. Build a Network: Networking in the legal industry is as necessary as in any other high-powered industry. It is essential to make and keep contacts within those in the industry that might be able to help you put a foot through the door. Sometimes, it is who and not necessarily what you know that makes any difference.

5. Go online: In today’s world informational technology, many high profile and lucrative jobs are advertised on the Internet. Make sure you frequent many online job boards and postings. There are even some job boards that are specifically dedicated to the legal profession and they will help you filter your searches and quicken your hunting time.

6. Join Linked-In: Although this may to be the same as above, yet the difference is that on LinkdIn you are not actually submitting your resume to everyone you see, but instead, the website helps you connect and make contact with people in your line of profession. You have the opportunity to recreate online, what you might not be able to do offline, networking with relevant top shots in the legal industry.

7. Be ready: There is no point in searching for a job, connecting with people and entering the interview room without the adequate level of preparations on your part. Make sure you have all that would be required of you. Let your resume be up-to-date. Be adequately prepped for any sort of questions that you may be asked and know all you can about the history of the firm.

8. Consider additional training: If you are changing jobs or want to progress in your career, then consider taking additional training and classes. Doing this and with your working experience, will definitely boost your chances of getting the next job faster than others.

9. Go Pro-Bono: Volunteering for some profitless public law service can make your C.V look good. It will not hurt you to dedicate some free time to take on some public cases, though they may not pay you financially, but they will surely give you a cutting edge experience over and above your other job-seeking rivals

10. Come straight: When you are looking for a legal job, make sure you are truthful about your education, experiences and all other submitted information. Remember, that almost all legal firms do a basic background check on their prospective employees, you don’t want to get caught lying.

How Does Case Management Software Help the Legal Industry?

Business these days are growing at an alarmingly increasing speed, thus creating a need for automation in any and every possible way. Companies are basically coming into the knowledge that unless they start automating parts of their businesses in ways that save them time, money and human resources, they are likely to lack behind the competition that does the same. Therefore, it is not surprise that recent search trends online indicate an increasing number of searches on business related and case management software.

Lawyers and law firms are integrating these sorts of methods into the legal professions. Many software developers are consistently testing new products targeted at making the law profession far easier than what it used to be. But in spite of this, it is still amazing to see that many law firms are hesitant about integrating or applying the case management software or system into their profession. While it is agreed that integrating the case management software into the legal system costs money, the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages. The case management software is extremely relevant and will help improve the operation of the system. If the system is already running smoothly, the introduction of the CMS will further help it to run smoother.

With the case management software, data is seamlessly introduced into the database and the change is implemented across board. Sometimes, you need to back up data while also getting in touch with all the necessary parties involved in the case. Instead of running around ;looking for each party, all you need do is pull up the file, produce different copies of the needed materials and documents and get them sent to the necessary parties. With a case management software, a lot of time is saved as you can access files with just a click of a button. There is no time wasting as compared to the process of having to look for files and data about the clients, the judge handling the case and the prosecutor if you are the defendant.

Data is often centralized as all data entered just once gets shared to all different quarters and across the whole system. In cases where you want to remember something specific about a case or an individual, you have a notepad attached to each person or party where you can enter your thoughts, opinions and other miscellaneous details.

With the case management software, you can basically transfer all necessary details onto a Microsoft word document. So, all you need do is pull up the files, send it to Microsoft word or Corel WordPerfect and it will automatically merge all data in a logical sequence. Thus, making it easy to save time that would rather be spent on more important matters.

Depending on your needs, you can use the general purpose case management software for specific or substantive areas of law. Thus, it can be modified into any of these areas. Please note that case management software configured for specific areas such as real estate or intellectual property cannot be used for general purposes or even modified for other areas.

The Legal Industry Changes – How Will You?

It’s no secret that we’re living in a time of tremendous upheaval, economically and socially. Double-digit unemployment, a real estate market that’s right out of Mad Max, and an era when technology is allowing us to be closer to one another than ever before without leaving our chairs.

We could say it’s the end of the world, or the beginning of one. Whatever you choose to call it, this is clearly something we’ve never experienced before in our lifetimes.

So it’s safe to say that the legal industry won’t be the same in a decade as it is today. More lawyers in the field, big law firms adroitly maneuvering jobs overseas or automating them, and everyone doing their best to be as efficient as possible. Consumers of legal services will have a wealth of accessible knowledge at their fingertips, leading to a more educated audience than ever before.

What will you do when the guillotine falls on your job, on your firm? Notice that I didn’t say if, I said when. Because we know full well that as technology continues to bring information directly into the consumer’s hands, some won’t need us any longer. They will either learn how to get themselves out of trouble or they will resolve their issues with some modicum of self-help.

Your expertise will be communicated in new ways. Your online presence will be the only one that matters to many people. Your reputation will rest squarely on the shoulders of electronic giants. It already does, of course, but most of the profession is still riding on fumes.

I’ve been reading a lot about Lemonade, the 35 minute documentary that shows a bunch of people who found inspiration when their employers ran out of fumes. I finally had a chance to watch it last night after reading yet another mention of it, and it made me wonder.

When the legal profession finally comes around to a full-scale adoption of technology and social tools to generate business and educate the audience, there will no longer be a need for such a volume of lawyers. Some – the ones who adopted early on – will most likely live to tell the tale. Most, however, won’t be so fortunate.

If you were one of the less fortunate, what would you do with your life?

I already have my answer. Take 35 minutes and watch Lemonade, then give me yours.