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Roundup: Tech Advice, JD Jobs & Olympic & Super Bowl Inspiration For Lawyers

Olympic Rings The Olympics are under way in Russia, and a Boston College law student is among the “diverse” Olympic delegation (to use the White House’s word — she’s also an openly gay Olympic medal winner). What can you learn from Olympians when looking for JD jobs?

The same grit that helped her train for the Olympics, I’m sure, helps her get through law school, and it can help you with you job search for law careers. It’s a good quality to have, even if not all lawyers apply it to their physical fitness.

Lawyers can still participate in the Olympics, though. An IU professor and expert in sports law is in Sochi, settling legal disputes. If you’re a sports fan, you might want to watch this JD Refugee interview with a sports agent.

Lawyers also are exercising their brains today in New York at the Reinvent Law conference, which organizers are calling “brain Olympics for lawyers.” See if you can keep up by following #reinventlaw.

Legal Tech also just wrapped up in New York. Above the Law reports that the law industry is behind the times. For more, check out some of Law.com’s videos from the conference.

Why spend some time checking out what’s going on in the tech world? Because agility and the ability to use technology are two of the key qualities of the future lawyer, Jordan Furlong says. Getting tech savvy can help you stand out — even if you’re a contract lawyer. The Posse List builds on Furlong’s points in this post explaining why contract lawyers needed to be at Legal Tech.

Also check out our posts on eDiscovery and legal knowledge management to find out how tech skills can help you land these JD jobs.

Here are some ideas for unemployed lawyers (besides watching the Olympics all day for the next few weeks):

There are jobs in small towns. Keep your eye on JDCOT for an interview with a young rural lawyer this spring.

Other careers for lawyers where you can find jobs: elder care law and compliance – interview coming up next week. Sign up for our newsletter at the top of the site below the photo of Marc and some JDCOT guests – you’ll get the video sent to your inbox.

The keynoter of the Catapult Conference writes about starting her law career in the middle of a recession. How’d she do it? Networking her way into freelance gigs.

Maybe you want to meet this guy, the now famous personal injury lawyer in Georgia. In case you missed it, watch the most epic lawyer commercial of all time, plus a HuffPost Live interview with the lawyer. He could definitely teach you a thing or two about standing out in a competitive market.

HuffPost Live:

How do you try to stand out in the a competitive legal job market? Let us know in the comments below.

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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