Useful Websites for Legal Job Searches
Free Law-Specific Job Sites
- The Posse List
- USA Jobs
- CBA Career Center
- ISBA Career Center
- Law Bulletin Legal Career Center
- Law Match
- Chicago Legal Search, Ltd.
- NAWL Career Center
- Legal Career Network
- National Association of Counsel for Children
- NALP Job Center
- National Legal Aid & Defender Association
Free General Job Sites
- Simply Hired
- The Ladders
- Nation Job
- Federal Jobs Digest
Free Public Interest Job Sites
Free Compliance Job Sites
Career Counseling and Coaches
Contract and Document Review Agencies
Sample Resumes for Alumni
How to Network
Networking is how most people, both in and outside of the legal profession, get jobs. Attorneys in private practice also find that networking is an important way to build a client base, or "book of business." In this technological age, we find that students are often most comfortable with online job posting boards or social networking websites - the idea of networking by attending events in person or making phone calls may feel foreign, uncomfortable, or scary. But there is nothing like in-person networking to give you the opportunity to really connect with people who can help you shape your career path and find the job opportunities that aren't getting posted online.
- CSO Networking Guide
- Networking in a Time of Social Distancing (PDF)
- Using Informational Interviews to Build Your Network (PDF)
- How Your Online Presence Can Help (Not Hinder) Your Job Search (PDF)
- Loyola Alumni Directory
Contact email@example.com for a username and password.
- NALP Podcast: Conducting a Job Search in Tough Economic Times
- How to Network When You Don’t Have a Job
- LinkedIn Tips
- Bar Associations & Legal Organizations
Alumni who are interested in applying for Judicial Clerkships with federal judges should follow the steps listed below.
1. Read the Judicial Clerkship Handbook online.
2. Create an account on OSCAR.
3. Identify & contact your recommenders.
If your recommenders are Loyola professors, please contact Maureen Kieffer at firstname.lastname@example.org to coordinate the printing and uploading of your letters of recommendation. You will need to provide our office with an Excel spreadsheet listing the judges to who you are applying via paper application.
4. Apply to judges via OSCAR or in hard copy (for judges not accepting applications via OSCAR).
5. The Office of Career Services will keep your letters of recommendation on file.
If you decide to apply to additional judges in the future (via OSCAR or in hard copy), please contact our office so your letters can be used again.
WHAT IS AN ALTERNATIVE CAREER?
An alternative legal career is one where licensure or even law school graduation is not a prerequisite. Legal training and the application of legal skills can benefit lawyers who choose to pursue these opportunities. In some cases, a law degree may help someone to succeed in a field outside the practice of law. In other cases, legal experience may afford a law graduate a decided advantage over those who have not been to law school.
WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH A LAW DEGREE
(BESIDES PRACTICE LAW)?
From consulting to real estate to health care to HR, there are many non-traditional options available, and deciding upon a non-traditional legal career should be a thoughtful process. There are pros and cons to beginning your career outside of a traditional legal practice, and the information below will help you get started in determining if an alternative legal career is right for you.
ALTERNATIVE CAREER RESOURCES
- Alternative Careers for JDs
Adapted from a presentation by the Career Development Office at Creighton University School of Law, NALP Educational Conference, April 2010
- Examples of Non-Traditional Jobs for Law-Trained Professionals
- From Lawyer to Administrator (via www.nalp.org)
- Alternative Careers & Things to Consider
- Alternative Careers for Lawyers: Websites of Interest
- Law Practice Today: The Alternative Careers Issue (September 2017)
- The Before & After Resume: Effective Resumes for the Alternative Career Job Search
- Handling Tough Interview Issues
- Alternative Career Testimonials (via www.nalp.org)
- Industries that Hire People with JDs
- Higher Education Law At a Glance
- Top 50 Consulting Firms(via www.vault.com)
Out-of-State Job Searching
RECIPROCITY AT OTHER LAW SCHOOLS
If you plan to conduct a job search in a city other than Chicago, the Office of Career Services suggests that you consider requesting permission to use the career services office at a university in that city. Many law schools provide reasonable access to their career resources for students and graduates from other law schools that agree to provide similar services.
Loyola law students & alumni: To request reciprocity with another law school, please send an email to email@example.com with your name, class year or graduation date, email address, the name of the school where you would like reciprocity, the school's contact person, and the contact person's email address.
To review specific policies please go to the NALP Directory of Reciprocity Policies. If reciprocity is granted, students/graduates should be sure to read and honor the reciprocity policy of the host school. Many law schools have black out dates (usually in the fall) during which time reciprocity requests will not be granted.
- NATIONWIDE JOB SEARCH GUIDE (PDF)*
- With information on all 50 states (plus Washington, DC), this guide is a great starting point for an out of state job search. It contains links to state and regional bar associations, specialty bar associations, major newspapers, and legal & business-related publications. Additionally, it has links to the law schools in each state where you might be interested in requesting reciprocity.
- *Please note that this list is not comprehensive and that links are subject to change without our knowledge.
- COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO BAR ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS(PDF)
- Published by the National Conference of Bar Examiners and the American Bar Association, this guide is helpful if you are planning to take the bar exam outside of Illinois.
- STATE BY STATE LIST OF GOVERNMENT CAREER RESOURCES
- Resources from PSJD for pursuing a government career in any of the 50 states.
- CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE
- Most states do not have a comprehensive list of small and medium sized law firms, and finding this information for an out-of-state job search can often be difficult. Contacting the Chamber of Commerce in your city of choice is one way to search for pertinent information. This page allows you to search for the websites of local Chambers of Commerce by city and state.
State & Local Bar Associations
- Chicago Bar Association
- Chicago Council of Lawyers: Chicago's Public Interest Bar Association
- Decatur Bar Association
- DuPage County Bar Association
- Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
- Illinois State Bar Association
- Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
- Kane County Bar Association
- Lake County Bar Association
- Northwest Suburban Bar Association
- Peoria County Bar Association
- Will County Bar Association
- Winnebago County Bar Association
National Bar Associations
- American Bar Association
- American Constitution Society
- American Immigration Lawyers Association
- American Health Lawyers Association
- American Inns of Court
- Appellate Lawyers Association
- Association of Corporate Counsel
- Association of Federal Defense Attorneys
- American Association for Justice
- Commercial Law League of America
- DREAM Bar Association
- Federal Bar Association
- Federal Communications Bar Association
- Federalist Society
- International Bar Association
- International Municipal Lawyers Association
- Military Spouse JD Network
- National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
- National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- National Association of Law Placement
- National District Attorneys Association
- National Employment Lawyers Association
- National Lawyers Association
- National Lawyers Guild
- National Legal Aid & Defender Association
Diverse Bar Associations - Local & National
- Visit CSO's Diversity Resources page for a comprehensive list of diversity bar associations
Other Professional Associations
- You can also use the Directory of Associations to find other professional associations
Resources for students and graduates of the Master of Jurisprudence (MJ) program