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Law Career Advice Roundup: Set Your Career New Years Resolutions

Happy Holidays, Everyone!

This will be the last roundup for 2013, so I’m providing you with a lot of food for thought on your career goals for 2014, as well as a few things you can do now to set yourself up for success in January.

First, JDCOT Founder Marc Luber and I have one present to ask you for: Go vote for JDCOT on the ABA Journal Blawg 100 in the Careers/Schools category. Today is the last day!

Some things to think about:
If you’re thinking about going to law school, read this interview with a recent grad who concluded that it’s not worth the money. He has a lot of great advice – including that it’s best when considering law school to first learn about what it’s really like to be a lawyer and talk to lawyers not only in BigLaw but also in all different types of practices. How can you do that efficiently? Join JDCOT, of course, and check out our law career videos.

Here’s the rebuttal to the article that law school isn’t worth it. If you’re in law school now, take this to heart: You need to work hard to find success in what you want to do. I’ll add a caveat: This author worked hard to get up to a New York firm, but that doesn’t have to be your definition of success.

Sam Glover of the Lawyerist shares on predictions for the legal market on another blog.

What To Do Now:
For students, Phil Guzman has a great post on how to use your time during winter break effectively.

The Barrister on a Budget has tips for unemployed lawyers on the holiday season.

I have a couple of other suggestions for law students and young lawyers:

If you have a free afternoon, set yourself up for success in January by updating your LinkedIn profile or improving your resume so that it stands out. You’ll get good tips on doing that at both of these links.

You’re likely to do a lot of socializing over the holidays – with old friends and extended family. This is your network as much as your co-workers or classmates. Your aunt may know somebody who knows somebody who will give you an informational interview on his career path. And that’s a good start. As JDCOT guests often remind you in their networking tip videos, networking is about relationships. Go out there and develop them.

The Daily Muse has some similar recommendations for preparing yourself to find a new job in January.

But remember that not everything is about work. Watch our work-life balance tips to get advice on making time for what’s really important in your life.

For those of who have a job, Attorney At Work highlights some business development goals that you can set for the New Year. Many deal with clients, but they are good networking ideas for young lawyers too.

Do you have bad habits to break and good ones to form?

What are your career resolutions for the New Year?

If you want to find career fulfillment, be sure to join JDCOT for full access and watch our career path and professional development videos.

We’re excited to be rolling out some amazing new career path videos for you in January. Look forward to seeing you then!

JD Careers Out There web producer Megan SweasMegan Sweas is a web producer with JD Careers Out There. During a graduate journalism program at University of Southern California, she took a law class for fun. While many of her fellow journalists have made the transition to law, she’ll stick to writing about law careers.

 

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