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Leave Law & Break Into Commercial Real Estate Careers

Do you ever find yourself saying, “I hate being a lawyer“? After 6 months of law school, Josh Gorin knew law wasn’t for him. He used his law degree and informational interviews to break into commercial real estate careers and has never looked back. As you’ll see here on JDCOT, real estate careers are popular alternative legal careers.

Today, Josh works with law firms, entertainment companies and other businesses to help them evaluate their real estate holdings. He loves the variety of experiences, but commercial real estate careers aren’t for everyone. Watch my interview with Josh to find out if this path makes a good fit for you. If you’re not sure, check out my FREE self-assessment – it will help you find a fulfilling career. Click here to get it now.


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Today’s Guest

Commercial Real Estate Advisor Josh GorinCommercial Real Estate Advisor Josh Gorin
Title: Senior VP, Los Angeles Managing Partner for Savills-Studley
City: Los Angeles, CA
Law School: Loyola University Chicago School of Law in Chicago, IL
College: University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI
Of Interest: Josh has worked in commercial real estate since law school graduation. He has led negotiations for transactions of more than 20 million square feet valued in excess of $2.5 billion.
Videos: Commercial Real Estate Careers & Josh’s Career Advice

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Luber: Hey everyone – Are you looking to make your law degree work for you without actually practicing law? Lots of lawyers choose to work in Real Estate – and today we’re gonna be looking at one of those paths. Those of you who are real risk-averse might want to sit this one out! We’re exploring Commercial Real Estate careers today on JD Careers Out There – so stick around!

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Alright – As you may already know, at JDCOT we explore career paths you can do with a law degree – both in and out of law – and we do this to help you find a career that fits you – so you can love what you do.

Today’s guest is Josh Gorin –he’s a Corporate Real Estate Advisor for Savills Studley, which is a global commercial real estate services firm with 600 offices around the world. Josh has been with the firm since 1997. He’s the Senior VP and Managing Partner for Los Angeles, where he specializes in large, complex transactions for organizations ranging from Fortune 100 corporations to law firms and entertainment companies.

Many of you will be happy to know that Josh entered this industry right out of law school. So if you’re hoping to dive into a JD advantage job without first working in a law firm, I’ll be asking Josh how you can do that – and how your law degree’s gonna help you.

Alright, let’s get started and meet Josh! Josh, welcome to JDCOT!

Josh: Thank you. Thanks for having me.

Luber: Definitely. Thank you for being here. Josh, let’s start with this, why don’t you give us your elevator pitch on what you do as a corporate real estate adviser?

Josh: Sure. I’m hired by organizations to evaluate their real estate to determine what is a more efficient and less expensive way to operate their business.

This can take the path of a law firm who leases office space and is considering renewing or a relocation; a global company who requires a full portfolio examination of thousands of locations; or a large corporate headquarters or movie studio that may need to evaluate whether to buy, to lease, develop, sell, structure their real estate occupancy by a more sophisticated financial design.

Luber: Interesting. So what would you say makes this path rewarding for you?

Josh: What’s most rewarding is really my clients. My client base is so dramatically different and my client contacts are generally CFOs or managing partners of law firms, so I really get an opportunity to learn about different businesses every day, get a clear understanding of what works, what doesn’t work within those businesses, and so I have an incredible amount of experience with every business line you could possibly imagine.

Luber: That’s great. When you started law school, did you intend to practice law?

Josh: Not really. I think I really didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do. I was an English major in college and it seemed like a natural path. Growing up in the Midwest, I didn’t have a tremendous amount of exposure to the entertainment business, so what to do as a writer seemed fairly limited in that regard, so it seemed like a more natural path for me to get involved with law school. Six months into it, I quickly realized that that was absolutely something I did not want to do and then started figuring out what would come next.

Luber: What led you to conclude that this was the right path for you?

Josh: I always had somewhat of an interest in real estate. Not sure where or how that came about. During college, I worked in financial services companies, so I did have sort of a finance background in that regard, but I just felt like it was something that I wanted to learn more about and so I set out to do just that.

Luber: And how did you break in?

Josh: I started by, really informational interviews. And I went out on a crazy path of meeting anybody I could that would sit with me for five minutes and I would ask them every question I could think of. They would tell me about their area of expertise, what their business was about.

Many times, they would share with me their thoughts on different areas of real estate that I should explore further, and then I would take the experiences from each interview and apply it to the next interview. Through that network, I ultimately found where I am now.

Luber: Alright, we’ll continue this discussion on these alternative careers for lawyers in the Full Interview. You’ll hear lots more from Josh on what it’s like to work in different commercial real estate careers as well as what it really takes and how you can break in to these jobs.

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Thanks again for watching everybody. I’m Marc Luber and I’ll see ya soon.

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