When exploring law degree jobs, you want to be in touch with your skill sets and strengths in addition to your interests. If you struggle to identify your skills, think back to things you’ve done in your past – whether it’s your first job, a recent job, extracurricular activities in high school, college, volunteer work, etc. This is where being well rounded pays off – because all of the different things you’ve done in your life, combined with the skill set you gain from law school, helps you bring something special to the table.

You’ll write down your skills from the past and present when you fill out The Career Mirror, my free self-assessment tool. Click here to get it. As today’s guest, attorney PJ Hoffman, says in our discussion on this topic, the skills from your past are refined by law school to help make you successful. Check it out:

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Why Being Curious Helps You In Job Interviews

Civil appellate lawyer Cindy Tobisman Being a curious person can help you in a lot of ways: from being a better networker to a better listener to a better sales person and even better at interviewing for law degree jobs. After all, if you’re curious, it will make the give-and-take of a job interview discussion flow more naturally, you’ll gather […]
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Finding That Next Career When It’s Time To Leave Law

Litigation graphics entrepreneur Morgan Smith When you consider leaving the law, it can take a lot of research and reflection to find your next career. Today’s guest, Morgan Smith, is a former personal injury attorney who struggled with the decision to leave law but ultimately decided that it was time. For his next career, Morgan went the entrepreneurial route and […]
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I Went To Law School But I Really Want To Be A Writer

Author Peter Orner talks with JDCOT Host Marc Luber Becoming A Writer If you sit in class or your office thinking up stories rather than listening or working, you’ll want to watch this interview with critically-acclaimed author Peter Orner about becoming a writer. Peter has written 4 books and for publications such as The New York Times and The Atlantic. He also happens to […]
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Apply Your Law Skills to Human Resources – Alternative Careers for Lawyers

HR executive Kristine Pizzo with Marc Luber of JD Careers Out There Human Resources Executive The role of a human resources executive is increasingly becoming one of the more common alternative careers for lawyers due to the volume of labor and employment law issues in business today. The duties of a human resources executive can include everything from handling employee compensation and benefits to helping employees negotiate […]
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Thinking Beyond Law For Your Professional Future?

Ethics and compliance officer Kimberly Strong Are you thinking beyond law for your professional future? Not everyone goes to law school with the goal of practicing law. Many people, including both today’s guest, ethics and compliance officer Kimberly Strong, and I, went to law school thinking beyond law. Others, perhaps including you, may be practicing law while daydreaming beyond law during […]
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How To Fail A Job Interview

Marc Luber host of JD Careers Out There A great way to fail a job interview is to neglect to explain why you want the job. This may sound really obvious, but I can’t tell you how many people leave employers wondering, “why is this person here”. When you’re interviewing, you need to make a convincing argument not just that you’re awesome – […]
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Try This For Successful Negotiations

Criminal defense lawyer Joey Jackson Handling negotiations can be stressful and overwhelming when we’re not used to engaging in the activity. Successful negotiations aren’t about acting tough, playing hide-the-ball or shying away from the other party. Instead, as criminal defense attorney and CNN legal commentator Joey Jackson advises in this video, successful negotiations are all about having a healthy discussion […]
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Want To Get Clients Now? Tips From A Rainmaking Law Partner

Land use lawyer Ben Reznik speaks with Marc Luber of JD Careers Out There Today’s video is jam-packed with advice for those of you wanting to learn ways to get clients now for your law practice. Rainmaker Ben Reznik, a top land use attorney in the Los Angeles area, takes us behind-the-scenes on business development, networking and how to build a successful legal practice. He shares actionable tips on […]
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Why Asking For Feedback At Work Will Make You A Better Lawyer

Intellectual property lawyer Michael Kelber of Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg in Chicago Asking For Feedback At Work What happens after you turn in an assignment? Do you get it back in with red ink all over it or do you never hear about it again? Law firm partner Michael Kelber explains why some partners don’t provide the feedback you crave as a law firm associate – and […]
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What Should You Do Before Law School?

Immigration Attorney Christina H. Lee Before Law School With so many voices warning against law school these days, you might be uncertain about whether you should go to law school. How can you know? Lawyer Christina Lee shares some great advice for how to find your path before law school. Watch the video to find out what she recommends. Also, […]
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When You’re A Lawyer Mistakes Happen – What You Do Next Matters

Adam Riback of the Levin Riback Law Group in Chicago Lawyer Mistakes Are you afraid of making mistakes as a lawyer? There’s no such thing as a lawyer who hasn’t lost a case, personal injury lawyer Adam Riback says in this video. Tune in to find out why you shouldn’t expect your law career to be perfect and how to recover from lawyer mistakes.
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