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A letter to a law school graduate (Part Two)

Dear Recent Law School Graduate: I am sorry it has been such a long time since I last wrote, but the life of a lawyer is not easy. It's been almost two years since I last wrote and a lot of things have changed and a lot of things are the same. I made partner this year, which has required more (non-billable) work. The kids are getting older: Braden is almost five and Kyan is a rambunctious two-year-old. Some days, Michelle and I battle to a draw with the kids, but for the most part, they are winning the war at home. I've even been able to squeeze in a few marathons since I last wrote, most recently one in New Jersey on Sunday. But enough about me (and the potential discussion on partnership, family planning and work-life balance). Let's talk about you. The legal job market is still fairly tough, especially for new lawyers. Firms are looking for attorneys with some experience, but new attorneys can't get experience without getting a job. It's our own legal Catch-22.  There have been reports of a comeback, but that is probably of little solace if you are still looking for a job. My advice on the job search remains the same: When it comes to the economy and available legal employment opportunities, I do not envy you. We all know that it is a tough market out there. Legal jobs are scarce and the competition is brutal, but keep your head up. The toughest legal job to find will be your first one. All you need is one offer.  I remember the stack of rejection letters that sat on my coffee table years ago. I also remember when I got my first offer (thanks Judge Murdock) and the excitement I felt to start my career. It would do a lot of attorneys good if they remembered how hard it was at the beginning. We forget sometimes, as if we never struggled in court or with a client or to find a job.

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