3L Job Search

Guest blog by Courtney Boykin, 3L at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

How is your job search going?

So, graduation is just around the corner which means we’re one step closer to finals, which is one step closer to the bar exam, which is one step closer to an actual job.

If you’re like me, you came to law school right after undergraduate school and went to undergrad right after high school. We’ve literally been “students” for the past 24-odd years which means…our first “adult” jobs are awaiting us.

I’ve heard so many stories of individuals trying so hard to land that perfect first “attorney” job.

Here are 5 pieces of advice I’ve received about the job search process.

  1. Don’t be afraid to reach out to the attorneys in your area bar association.
  2. Apply for the jobs you like and the jobs you don’t like.
  3. Have your resume ready to send. You never know who you might meet in an elevator.
  4. If multiple companies/offices are courting you, be upfront.
  5. Know how much your worth. ($$$)

I’m by no means an expert, as I haven’t solidified my post-grad plans either, but I’m finding those little nuggets rather helpful.

Everyone’s journey to landing the perfect first job is different, but hopefully, those little bits help you like they’re helping me.