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About the site

What is your site’s name?
What topics do you cover on the site?
What careers do you cover on the site?
Who is Marc Luber and why should I care what he has to say?
Who are your video interview guests and how do you choose them?

About the Career Advice

Most of your interview guests aren’t famous. Why should I care what they say?
I just want a job. Can’t you just get me a job?
If you don’t get me a job, then how are you helping me?
I have a job but don’t want people to know I’m exploring. Will you honor that?
What happens in a coaching session with Marc?
Should I do Myers-Briggs testing?
I have career advice that I want to share. Can I be a guest?

About Memberships

Why isn’t the site free?
What do I get by paying?
Can I get a free trial for the site?
What do people say about the value of your site and products?
How do I end my subscription when I’m ready for it to stop renewing?

Beyond JDCOT.com

How can I follow JDCOT on social media sites?
Does Marc contribute to other websites and media organizations?
What topics does Marc Luber cover as a guest speaker?
Does JDCOT allow advertising, sponsorship, or affiliate products?

Getting In Touch

How can I make suggestions to improve the site?
I have another question not listed here. How can I get an answer?

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About the site

What is your site’s name?

The full name of the site is JD Careers Out There. We also go by JDCOT. After all, we’re all busy – who has time to say full names? We like how IMDb did this, so we figured we’d do it too! (Their full name is Internet Movie Database, BTW.) We say JDCOT like /jay-dee-see-oh-tee/. We’re a sister site of Careers Out There, so that’s why our full name includes all that. If you’re just starting to look into law careers, JD is the degree that you earn in U.S. law schools, standing for Juris Doctor.

What topics do you cover on the site?

As the name says, we cover all types of careers out there that you can do with a law degree. Our “day in the life” career videos feature interviews with accomplished law grads in a wide variety of careers, both in and out of law. Our interview guests share what their career paths are really like and give tips on how you can break in and follow in their footsteps, whether you’re planning a career change or you’re just starting out.

Our video library also provides general professional development tips to help you with practical skills and soft skills including interviewing, networking, workplace communication, work-life balance, and finding the right career. For a full list of categories we cover, visit professional development tips for being a lawyer.

You can get access to the full video library of JDCOT career path and professional development videos by becoming a subscriber-member of JDCOT or by working with Marc via his private or group JD Refugee® coaching programs.

What careers do you cover on the site?

You’ll find a wide variety of careers here, all of which take advantage of the JD skill set. Thanks to our holistic approach to careers, you’ll see that we treat jobs both in and out of law with equal respect. After all, the right career is the one that fits you best…not the one with the most legal work in it!

So the JDs you’ll see interviewed in our videos have found success both in alternative careers for lawyers and as different types of lawyers who enjoy their practice. You’ll hear not only from BigLaw attorneys, but also from a sports agent, real estate, banking, insurance, compliance and nonprofit executives, a freelance attorney, a public defender, government lawyers, Capitol Hill advisors…and those are just a taste of the career paths we cover. Here are 2 ways to find videos:

Click here for careers for lawyers by industry
Click here to find lawyer career paths that fit your personality and skills

Who is Marc Luber and why should I care what he has to say?

Marc Luber is a career coach for lawyers and a JD Refugee®. He’s a graduate of the University of Michigan, the Chicago-Kent College of Law, and a member of the Illinois bar. Instead of practicing law, Marc chased his dream to California and applied his law degree to business roles in the music industry. Years later, he made a career change by becoming an attorney recruiter. This experience helped lead to creating JDCOT. Marc has been successfully counseling attorneys on their careers since 2003.

But that’s just his resume. The real reason you should listen to Marc is that he has gone through the same career questions that you’re having.

He knows what it’s like to be searching for the right career fit with your JD, whether you’re wanting to change careers or you’re fresh out of law school. He knows what it’s like to have potential employers dismiss you as overqualified just because your resume has a “JD” on it. He knows what it’s like to not be a quitter and feel conflicted for even thinking about “quitting” law. He knows what it’s like to be confronted daily by people asking, “Why don’t you just practice law?!” And he’s overcome all of that noise to successfully make career changes using his JD.

Marc is passionate about this topic – and looks forward to helping you find a career that fits you – whether it’s through the content on this site or his JD Refugee® coaching programs.

Click here to read Marc’s story.

Looking for step-by-step help through the career change exploration process? Schedule a confidential discovery call to explore working with Marc.

Who are your video interview guests and how do you choose them?

JDCOT guests are accomplished law grads. They are law firm partners or in management positions in alternative legal careers. They own and run businesses or make a difference in government or non-profit careers. Many bill hundreds of dollars an hour, and they are all extremely busy people. But they are also generous and want to help the next generation of lawyers find their paths.

When you join JDCOT as a member-subscriber, you can hear the advice of all of these successful law grads, while sitting in your sweats, for less than a latte a day.

JDCOT guests have gone to 28 different law schools, from #1 to “Rank Not Published.” They hail from all corners and the middle of the United States. They reflect the future of law rather than its mostly white and male past. To be transparent, the last time I took a site census was January 2014, so it’s been a while. At that time, about 22 percent of JDCOT guests were racial minorities and 35 percent were female. At that time, that was ahead of the curve on race. On gender, that beat out NALP’s data on female lawyers and partners.

About the Career Advice

Most of your interview guests aren’t famous. Why should I care what they say?

Would you take law career advice from Sam Waterston (Jack McCoy on Law & Order)? Did your parents ever give good advice? Are they famous?

You get the point. Our videos are what career exploration is all about, and they are meant to be the starting point, not the be-all and end-all. You need to talk to ordinary people about what they do and how you can do it, too.

That said, many of our guests are kind of a big deal in their fields and in their cities. They include an internationally critically acclaimed author, a hit TV show writer-producer, they run businesses and non-profits (heard of RAND Corporation or the Tiger Woods Foundation?), they are on lists of Rising Stars and Super Lawyers, and they take leadership in bar associations. Doug Kmiec and Ken Ballen have been involved in some MAJOR political stories. And criminal defense attorney Joey Jackson is pretty famous, too — he has thousands of fans as a CNN legal commentator.

Get access to the full JDCOT career video library to hear career advice from these and many more lawyers.

I just want a job. Can’t you just get me a job?

We know it’s tough out there, but simply throwing your resume at job openings isn’t necessarily productive. Even if it works, you’re liable to end up stuck in yet another career path that doesn’t fit, like many unhappy lawyers. Instead, we recommend finding the right career for you and networking your way to opportunities.

If you know you would like step-by-step help exploring a career change to alternative careers, communicating about your background, growing your network and breaking in to a fulfilling career, explore working with Marc by signing up for a discovery call.

If you’re unemployed, start with our guide for unemployed lawyers. If you’re not an unemployed lawyer and would like targeted guidance, then visit the Start Here page.

If you don’t get me a job, then how are you helping me?

In each of our career path videos, our interview guests share practical tips on how to break into their career paths. They also tell you about a typical day, what type of person and skill set fits their path, and what the career trajectory is like so you can determine if it fits you. Not only that, but hearing the questions Marc asks in each interview will help to guide you through your own future meetings with people. You will also get plenty of valuable advice on networking and interviewing.

For more information on this, you can check out our page on how to land non-legal jobs for lawyers and, if you want to stay in law, visit our page on legal job search tips.

Finally, Marc helps lawyers one-to-one who want support step-by-step through exploring a career change to alternative careers, communicating about their background, growing their network and breaking in to a fulfilling career. Explore working with Marc by signing up for a confidential discovery call.

I have a job but don’t want people to know I’m exploring. Will you honor that?

Yes. We don’t tell your boss or the legal community that you’re exploring a job or career change.

JDCOT was created to help you, not “out” you. As a legal recruiter, on any given day, Marc held the career secrets of hundreds of lawyers throughout southern California. It’s no different with JDCOT. Whether you’re signing up for our membership, e-newsletters, personal coaching, or emailing us questions for career guidance, we respect the confidential nature of your situation.

You’ll see, for example, that we don’t publish the full names for most of the people who write testimonials for JDCOT. We of course know their full names, but we are respecting their confidential situation.

Some JDCOT visitors and members actually like their jobs and use our site for other things – like our career skills/professional development videos, or learning about other careers to discover potential client development avenues for their law practice or business. So if someone does ever catch you looking at our site or our content, you can always claim to be one of those people!

What happens in a coaching session with Marc?

Beyond the occasional Myers-Briggs MBTI® Personality Type Assessment sessions, Marc is not currently doing one-off, hourly coaching.

Instead, Marc works extensively with lawyers exploring a career change. He helps you step-by-step through the process of exploring what careers fit you, communicating about yourself and what you have to offer, growing your network, and accessing the hidden job market so you can stop sending resumes into black holes. His private and group JD Refugee® programs have been helping lawyers across the U.S.

To explore working with Marc, click here to schedule a confidential discovery call.

Should I do Myers-Briggs testing?

The Myers-Briggs MBTI® Personality Type Assessment is an incredible tool for both those starting out their career and those looking to make a career change. It’s not a magic bullet – it won’t tell you what specific professions to pursue. Rather, it will help you understand yourself – what your strengths and weaknesses are, how you interact with others, and where you fit professionally and personally. Knowing this has helped Marc and many JDCOT video guests find their paths.

As an MBTI® certified practitioner, Marc can help you interpret your results. Sign up to take the MBTI® here.

I have career advice that I want to share. Can I be a guest?

Absolutely! Please contact us if you’d like to be a guest on JDCOT. Please note that we are not to the point of repeating career paths yet. Please search to see if we have covered your career path. If we have already covered your career, feel free to share your advice in the comments section of that post.

About Memberships

Why isn’t the video library free?

The video library is included when you work with Marc in one of his step-by-step JD Refugee® programs. It is otherwise available by subscription for less than $1 a day. It would be nice to be able to provide everything for free, but it has taken a great deal of time and money to build the library, find guests, conduct and produce the interviews, publish them online, and keep the site running for you. You can find a good deal of free video content on JDCOT if you poke around the site.

What do I get by paying?

You get access to the entire library of career path and professional development videos. As a subscriber-member, you also get access to streaming audio and interview transcripts. Quarterly members receive discounts on Myers-Briggs MBTI® Personality Type Assessment sessions with Marc. Want to hear more?

JDCOT Benefits

Can I get a free trial for the site?

You’ll find many free videos on the site – from the videos on our homepage to short version “sneak peeks” of our career path interviews throughout the site. This lets you try out our content and get a sense of the career guidance you’ll receive here on JD Careers Out There. We also offer a 30-day money-back guarantee in case you truly feel that you’ve received no benefit from the site. Sign up and if you decide that JDCOT really isn’t a good investment in your career within your first 30 days, you’ll get your money back (minus standard credit card processing fees).

What do people say about the value of your site and products?

After our first year of existence, we won “Best Career Site” from the ABA Journal annual poll. Click here to see some of the many endorsements we’ve received from JDCOT alums.

How do I end my subscription when I’m ready for it to stop renewing?

To end your subscription, simply contact us and we’ll end it for you so that you don’t get billed again. We’d also appreciate it if you shared why you are canceling. Hopefully it’s because you found a career that makes you happy – but if there’s something we can improve on JDCOT, we’d love to know about it.

Beyond JDCOT.com

How can I follow JDCOT on social media sites?

Stay in touch with JDCOT through these social media sites:
 
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Does Marc contribute to other websites and media organizations?

Marc has been interviewed for a number of podcasts and blogs, and he has written posts for a number of websites, including Huffington Post and Above the Law. Please contact us if you are a journalist or blogger looking to interview an expert on career advice, the legal job market, alternative careers for lawyers, or related topics.

What topics does Marc Luber cover as a guest speaker?

Marc has spoken at law schools and conferences about finding your career, alternative careers for lawyers and job interviewing. He can also host webinars on these topics for your audience. If you’re interested in bringing Marc to your school or meeting, please contact us.

Does JDCOT allow advertising, sponsorship or affiliate products?

Yes, JDCOT welcomes advertising, sponsorship and affiliate products, but only when Marc Luber truly believes in the products’ utility to our audience. Please contact us if you’re interested in partnering with JDCOT.

Getting In Touch

How can I make suggestions to improve the site?

We always want to know how we can serve you better. Please contact us using the contact form. Let us know if there are particular career paths you want JDCOT to cover.

I have another question not listed here. How can I get an answer?

If it’s a quick question about the site, feel free to send it via the contact us form. If you’re a lawyer exploring a career change and have questions about your personal situation, you can schedule a discovery call with Marc.