Resources for the Job Hunt

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Legal Jobs Data

Employment Data

Geographic Information

Business Context Information
Writing Sources


Directories

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Clever Writing





 

LEGAL JOBS DATA

What America’s Lawyers Earn
Data collected through September 2013.

Salaries at Law Firms (Glass Door)
http://www.glassdoor.com/Salaries/attorney-salary-SRCH_KO0,8.htm

Labor Force Data- legal profession only
http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes230000.htm

AmLaw Daily (American Lawyer)
http://www.americanlawyer.com/amlaw_daily.jsp

ABA- Recent Graduate Employment Data
http://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/administrative/legal_education_and_admissions_to_the_bar/statistics/2013_law_graduate_employment_data.authcheckdam.pdf




EMPLOYMENT DATA

DOL Current Employment Data http://www.bls.gov/ces/

Employment Projections http://www.bls.gov/emp/ 
  see also http://www.slate.com/articles/business/moneybox/2014/06/why_now_is_a_great_time_to_go_to_law_school_part_2.html

Metro Economic Outlook
http://www.shrm.org/research/monthlyemploymentindices/pages/metroeconomicoutlooks.aspx

Employment Trends Index http://www.conference-board.org/data/eti.cfm

Jobs Growth Forecast
http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy/story/Jobs-Forecast-2011/34083932/1
http://www.nipa.org/blogpost/1001744/Jobs-Forecast-2013-2014

The Hiring of 2013 Grads
http://www.shrm.org/Research/SurveyFindings/Articles/Pages/Hiring2013CollegeGraduates.aspx

Occupational Outlook Handbook
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/legal/home.htm



GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION

Labor Force Data- according to geographic area
http://www.bls.gov/eag/

Best Cities for Jobs 2014
http://www.newgeography.com/best-cities-jobs-2014

Where the Jobs Are
http://www.usatoday.com/interactives/money/where-the-jobs-are/

City Data  (to predict expenses and lifestyle)
http://www.city-data.com/

Personal Income data according to state and city
http://www.bea.gov/regional/index.htm#state

Income and employment in regional areas- search by industry
http://www.bea.gov/iTable/iTable.cfm?reqid=70&step=1&isuri=1&acrdn=4



BUSINESS CONTEXT INFORMATION

Planetizin, the urban news analysis organization, has good coverage of the Top Job Markets
http://www.planetizen.com/node/55621

Bloomberg Law- subscription
http://www.bloomberglaw.com
 (Click on link to "companies & markets.")

Wall Street Journal Legal Jobs News
http://blogs.wsj.com/law/tag/legal-job-market/ 


 

 

SOURCES TO HELP WITH COVER LETTERS AND WRITING SAMPLES

 

Basic References
Proper forms of Address (what to call people)
U.S. Government Acronyms and Abbreviations
How to Pronounce Law Firm Names

 

 

Directories
Look through directories to identify who works where.

 

 

News publications
Keep up with professional trends and expectations by way of newsletters from the state, local, and national professional organizations.  Find legal organizations at http://www.fedbar.org/Resources/Related-Links/Legal-Associations-Links.aspx
Newsletter examples in the library and online:

 

 

Clever Writing
These are essays, document excerpts, and funny thoughts that will help loosen you up as you try to compose something that will catch an employer’s eye and show that you have a personality.  You don’t want to come across as goofy, but you do need to write something that is more engaging than the other submissions in the pile.

  • Green Bag Almanac of Useful and Entertaining Tidbits for Lawyers & Reader of Good Legal Writing from the Past Year Selected by the Luminaries and Sages on Our Board of Advisors K184 .G73
    Also, browse through issues of The Green Bag in the 5th floor periodicals collection.
  • Hereof, Thereof, and Everywhereof: A Contrarian Guide to Legal Drafting KF 250 .D37 2008
  • True Tales of Trying Times: Legal Fables for Today K 184 .R35 2007
  • Amicus Humoriae: An Anthology of Legal Humor PN 6231 .L4 A64 2003
  • Legal facetiae : satirical and humorous  K184.2 W54 1982