Updated Dec. 29, 2008.
Prepared by Mary Whisner.
You need information at all stages of your career planning and job search, from your first tentative musings about what sort of job might be a good fit for you to your preparation for a big interview or the decision about whether to accept an offer. This guide suggests some sources and search tips.
Note that you might use the same source or type of information at different stages, for different purposes. For instance, Martindale-Hubbell and West's Legal Directory can be useful when you are:
Findlaw's Career Center has an extensive array of articles, career advice and job ads.
Greedy Associates features a job board and message boards.
The ABA's Market Research Department offers statistics on the legal profession. There's a lot more to the practice of law than big firms: nearly 50% of lawyers in private practice are in solo practice!
The Gallagher Law Library staff have collected items from their Law Library news column in a page of Legal Career Tips.
American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, The 101 Practice Series: Breaking Down the Basics. KF297.A76 2008 at Classified Stacks
Deborah Arron, What Can You Do With A Law Degree? A Lawyer's Guide to Career Alternatives Inside, Outside & Around the Law (5th ed. 2004). KF297.A872 2004 at Reference Area & Classified Stacks
Steven C. Bennett, The Path to Partnership: A Guide for Junior Associates (2004). KF300.B36 2004 at Classified Stacks
K. Charles Cannon, The Ultimate Guide to Your Legal Career: What Every Young Lawyer Must Know to Avoid the Mistakes and Maximize the Value of a Career in the Law (2007). KF297.C327 2007 at Classified Stacks
Karen Clanton, ed., Dear Sisters, Dear Daughters: Words of Wisdom from Multicultural Women Attorneys Who've Been There and Done That (ABA, 2000). KF299.M56D43 2000 at Classified Stacks
Ursula Furi-Perry, Fifty Unique Legal Paths: How to Find the Right Job (ABA, 2008). KF297.F87 2008 at Classified Stacks.
Miriam Bamberger Grogan & Heather Bradley, Judge for Yourself: Clarity, Choice and Action in Your Legal Career (ABA 2006). KF298.G76 2006 at Classified Stacks
Gary A. Hengstler, Making Work Work for You (ABA, 2001). KF318.H46 2001 at Classified Stacks
Mark Herrmann, The Curmudgeon's Guide to Practicing Law (ABA, 2006). KF300.H47 2006 at Classified Stacks
Carl Horn, III, Lawyerlife: Finding a Life and a Higher Calling in the Practice of Law (2003). KF297.H67 2003 at Classified Stacks
Kay Kavanagh & Paula Nailon, Excellence in the Workplace: Legal & Life Skills in a Nutshell (2007). KF297.Z9 K38 2007 at Reference Area
Kathy Morris & Jill Eckert, Ask the Career Counselors: Answers for Lawyers on Their Lives and Life's Work (ABA, 2003). KF297.Z9M674 2000 at Classified Stacks
Gary A. Munneke, The Legal Career Guide: From Law Student to Lawyer (4th ed. ABA, 2002). KF297.M86 2002 at Reference Area
Deborah Schneider & Gary Belsky, Should You Really Be a Lawyer? The Guide to Smart Career Choices Before, During & After Law School (2005). KF297.S36 2005 at Classified Stacks
Susan R. Sneider, A Lawyer's Guide to Networking (2006). KF316.5.S64 2006 at Classified Stacks
Kimm Alayne Walton, What Law School Doesn't Teach You--But You Really Need To Know: Expert Tips & Strategies For Making Your Legal Career a Huge Success (2000). KF297.W344 2000 at Reference Area
Kimm Alayne Walton, Guerrilla Tactics for Getting the Legal Job of Your Dreams (1999). KF297.W34 1999 at Reference Area & Classified Stacks
For more books in the Gallagher Law Library, click on this link: Law - Vocational Guidance - United States.
Also try these related searches:
Pam Gross & Peter Paskill, Want a New, Better, Fantastic Job? How to Find Satisfying Work in This Topsy-Turvy World (2d ed. 2001). HF5382.7.G76 2001 at Classified Stacks
Po Bronson, What Should I Do with My Life? The True Story of People Who Answered the Ultimate Question (2003). BF637.S4B869 2003 at Classified Stacks
Gary A. Munneke, William D. Henslee & Elaine S. Wayne, Nonlegal Careers for Lawyers (5th ed. ABA, 2006). KF297.M85 2006 at Reference Area
Deborah Aaron, Running from the Law: Why Good Lawyers Are Getting out of the Legal Profession (2004). KF297.A87 2004 at Reference Area
Deborah Aaron, What Can You Do with a Law Degree? A Lawyer's Guide to Career Alternatives Inside, Outside, and Around the Law (5th ed. 2004). KF297.A872 2004 at Reference Area & Classified Stacks
No Law Degree Required
Ursula Furi-Perry, Fifty Legal Careers for Non-Lawyers (ABA, 2008). KF320.L4 F87 2007
For more books in the Gallagher Law Library, click on this link: "vocational guidance" and "united states."
Skimming local or national bar publications and legal newspapers can help you get to know different types of practice. They often have articles about practice, articles about attorneys, and profiles of firms.
Washington State Bar News. Monthly. KF332.W3W354, current at
For essays about solo practice, search the archives for "Jeff Tolman."
De Novo (WSBA's Young Lawyers Division). Six times a year. KF332.W3W359d, current issues at Reference Area
Bar Bulletin (King County Bar Association). Monthly. Current issues at Newspapers
Trial News (Washington State Trial Lawyers Association). Monthly. Current issues at Newspapers
National Law Journal.
Weekly. Current issues at Newspapers
Monthly. Current issues at Newspapers
ABA Journal. Monthly.
Current issues at Reference Area (display shelves)
Student Lawyer (ABA Law Student Division). Monthly. KF287.S77, current issues at Reference Area
GPSOLO (ABA General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm Section). KF297.A1C65 at Classified Stacks
Corporate Counsel (WSBA Corporate Law Department Section). KF332.W3W359co at Classified Stacks
Kathy Morris, Objection Overruled: Overcoming Obstacles in the Lawyer Job Search (ABA, 2000). KF297Z9 M67 2000 at Classified Stacks
J. Murray Elwood, The Legal Career Guru's Guide to the Perfect Legal Resume (2000). KF297.E48 2000 at Reference Area
Heidi McNeil Staudenmaier, ed., Changing Jobs: A Handbook for Lawyers for the New Millennium (3d ed. ABA, 1999). KF297.C42 1999 at Reference Area
Many of the books listed above (Books on the Practice of Law and Legal Careers Generally) include advice about the job search.
National Association for Law Placement, NALP Directory. Available
in UW School of Law Center
for Career Planning and Public Service
Contains detailed profiles of thousands of firms (and other employers) that hire law students. Online version is searchable.
Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. Annual. KF190.M3 at Reference Area
West's Legal Directory
Note: Martindale-Hubbell and West's Legal Directory are both incomplete. Some lawyers and law firms just don't fill out the forms to be listed. Sometimes one has information that the other doesn't. They tend to be more complete for law firms, especially larger firms. They are spottier for government and corporate counsel.
Avvo offers attorneys the opportunity to post their own profiles, and it offers clients and others the opportunity to rate attorneys. It includes at least some information about every lawyer in a state, and for many lawyers it will have quite a bit.
Washington State Bar Association's online directory is here. It gives basic contact information, date of admission, and membership status.
To find more:
With a quick search, you can learn a lot about a city. For example, a Google search for "tri-cities" got me to the website for the Tri-Cities Visitors and Convention Bureau. And that quickly led to a page on relocation information.