Vault Career Guide to Law

by Andrew Morkes; Introduction by Adam Gropper
Publication Date: 2014

Lawyers provide legal advice and representation to companies and individuals regarding hundreds of issues, such as civil rights, criminal offenses, divorce, the environment, mergers and acquisitions, national security, taxation, and many more. They are essential to all major aspects of business and government and often find themselves on the cutting edge of political and social debates, responsible for managing deals involving millions of dollars or even helping to settle life and death questions. In the United States, more than 48,000 law firms comprise a $245 billion dollar industry. Long considered a safe path to a good career and a strong future, prospects for new lawyers have declined in recent years due to economic setbacks and an abundance of lawyers. However, those with expertise in key practice areas, such as bankruptcy and foreclosure, intellectual property, health care, and labor/employment, are in strong demand. Law remains a very competitive field, with the keys to success including not only a high degree of skill and commitment but also integrity.

The Vault Career Guide to Law provides an insider's perspective on what's happening in the industry, what it takes to break in, and how to advance your career. Whether your goal is to make partner at a national litigation firm or build a solo practice specializing in a key practice area, this guide will help you master every step of your job search.

Vault Career Guides offer an industry insider's view of what it takes to land a job in your chosen profession. Each volume provides a comprehensive overview of the industry and expert advice and tips for uncovering job opportunities, networking, preparing your cover letter and resume, interviewing, and keeping current on industry news and trends. Interviews and case studies offer behind-the-scenes glimpses of what hiring managers look for in a candidate and how others have succeeded in landing their jobs or advancing their careers. Day in the Life profiles place you in the shoes of an established professional for one day, and an extensive glossary and resource list put all the industry knowledge you need to succeed at your fingertips.

Each Vault Career Guide includes:

  • The Scoop: Everything you need to know about what your industry does, its history, who works in it, and where it's going.
  • Getting Hired: Practical information on researching potential employers, networking, interviewing, and getting in the door.
  • On the Job: A look at life on the job and the industry culture.
  • Talk Like a Pro: A glossary of industry jargon and key terms.
  • Resources: Associations, organizations, Web sites, and other resources to help you plan and advance your career.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Adam Gropper serves as legislation counsel on the staff of the nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation, assisting members of both parties in Congress in developing and drafting tax legislation and legislative history with a focus on the area of tax procedure and administration. Previously, Mr. Gropper was a tax partner at BakerHostetler, where he spent 10 years working on tax controversy and planning matters. Mr. Gropper is also the author of LegalJob.com, a blog that provides practical advice for law school students and law firm associates. LegalJob.com offers guidance on maximizing performance in law school, securing a dream law firm (or other) job, excelling as an associate, and moving on the fast track to making partner. Mr. Gropper frequently participates on panels to discuss these topics at various law schools and events organized by the Federal Bar Association and the District of Columbia Bar. In 2013, the American Bar Association published his book, Making Partner: The Essential Guide to Negotiating the Law School Path and Beyond.

Andrew Morkes is a freelance writer and editor in Chicago, Illinois, who has been writing about college- and career-related topics for nearly 20 years. He is the owner of College & Career Press. Andrew has written and edited many books for Ferguson's including the Encyclopedia of Careers & Vocational Guidance and many volumes in theCareers in Focus, Discovering Careers, and Career Skills Library series. He is also the author of They Teach That in College!?: A Resource Guide to More Than 95 Interesting College Majors and Programs; Nontraditional Careers for Women and Men: More Than 30 Great Jobs for Women and Men With Apprenticeships Through PhDs; and the Vault Career Guide to the Internet and Social Media. His poetry has appeared in Cadence, Wisconsin Review, Poetry Motel, Strong Coffee, and Mid-America Review.

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