How to get a law job John Smith March 22, 2013 Employment Agencies, Jobs in Sydney, Law jobs 2 Comments Alan and Denny will get you a law job There are more lawyers in Australia than there are law jobs. And with the number of Australian law students growing each year, competition for legal positions will only increase. Here are some tips to help you stand out in the crowd and secure a job at a reputable law firm. University grades Unlike some sectors, where your competency for a job is determined mainly at an interview and your grades are peripheral, law is a profession in which marks matter. It may not be the case that university grades always correspond to a person’s intelligence, but they are the best indicator available to law firms for determining the intellect of their applicants. So pay attention in class. For combined law students, it is important to remember that by the time you apply for summer clerkships during your fourth year, you will have only completed about one third of your law subjects. Because top tier firms only recruit graduate lawyers form those that have clerked with them during law school, it is important to do well in the first few years of your degree. The subjects that you complete during that time are the only ones available to the firms that you’ll be applying to clerk for. Extracurricular activity Although law firms primarily use university grades to distinguish between applicants, it is important to supplement your academic life with appropriate extracurricular activity. Contrary to popular belief, law firms do not want to hire people interested only in the law. They want people who have a wide variety of hobbies, because law is fundamentally a client based profession, and to attract and retain clients it is necessary to have hire well-rounded and charismatic people. Interview Interviews at commercial law firms comprise of behavioural questions, aimed at finding out how you respond in certain employment-related situations. An example of a behavioural question is, ‘tell us about a time when you set yourself a goal and achieved it’. You should prepare answers to these questions. Finally, be prepared to engage in small talk, because part of what your interviewers are trying to ascertain is how personable you are – as in, whether clients will like you. Good luck. Share this:Click to email this to a friendShare on FacebookClick to share on RedditClick to share on TwitterClick to share on Google+ 2 Responses Tisha April 21, 2013 I came to your “How to get a law job – Job Inspirations – Ideas on how to dress for Job Interviews, Recruitment, Job Agencies, Jobs” page and noticed you could have a lot more traffic. I have found that the key to running a website is making sure the visitors you are getting are interested in your subject matter. There is a company that you can get traffic from and they let you try it for free. I managed to get over 300 targetted visitors to day to my website. Check it out here: http://voxseo.com/traffic/ Reply hiss April 23, 2013 My developer is trying to persuade me to move to .net from PHP. I have always disliked the idea because of the costs. But he’s tryiong none the less. I’ve been using WordPress on various websites for about a year and am concerned about switching to another platform. I have heard good things about blogengine.net. Is there a way I can import all my wordpress content into it? Any help would be greatly appreciated! Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.