GRADUATE JOB SEARCH GUIDE
All graduates seeking employment should review and follow the steps set forth in PCD's Graduate Job Search Guide found in Symplicity's Document Library under the 'graduate job search' tag. This gives you step-by-step instruction on preparing your marketing tools, commanding job search resources, networking and gaining experience through part-time and pro bono opportunities.
We post new job opportunities on a regular basis. Check regularly for job postings for recent graduates. Contact PCD at (617) 573-8148 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you need login information or assistance. Graduates also have access to CareerShift to mine the web for additional job opportunities and should check these career related links.
Temporary employment can often be an excellent opportunity to gain experience in different areas of law and industries on a short-term basis. Read more about temporary legal work and get contacts in our Temporary Legal Employment handout found in Symplicity's Document Library under the 'graduate job search' tag.
PRO BONO OPPORTUNITIES FOR EXPERIENCE
Volunteer opportunities are a great way to increase your experience and marketability. Visit the MassProBono website and contact our office for more information. You should also check the Volunteer Lawyers Project website.
Graduates seeking employment should schedule an individual counseling session with a PCD advisor to create your strategic professional development plan. To schedule an in-person or phone appointment, logon to Symplicity and click on the "Request An Appointment" link in the shortcuts menu.
Practice Launch Pad Series: 10-Week Boot Camp - The Massachusetts Bar Association, in conjunction with the Massachusetts Law Office Management Assistance Program, is pleased to offer the Practice Launch Pad Series. Join them for an accelerated 10-week boot camp for recent graduates and bar exam takers who are either searching for a job, thinking about starting their own firm or planning to start their own law firm after admission to the bar. Practice Launch Pad sessions will run once a week for 1-2 hours and feature both in-person and prerecorded video presentations. The multi-part series will start after the bar exam is taken and conclude before the results are out.
Week 1: Introduction to the Practice Launch Pad (Sept. 7)
Week 2: Business Planning Workshop (Sept. 14)
Week 3: Finance Your Firm (Sept. 21)
Week 4: Operations Management (Sept. 28)
Week 5: Using Technology Effectively (Oct. 5)
Week 6: Marketing 101 & Networking Effectively (Oct. 12)
Week 7: Marketing II: Internet Marketing (Oct. 19)
Week 8: Community Involvement (Oct. 26)
Week 9: Growing Your Expertise (Nov. 2)
Week 10: Wrap-up and Launch (Nov. 9)
2017-2018 MBA Welcome Back Member Reception - Wednesday, September 27, 5:30 to 7:30, MBA. Join the Massachusetts Bar Association for a “Welcome Back” Member Reception. Relax, mingle and create invaluable relationships with fellow MBA members as they kick off the new association year. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be provided. RSVP
Developing Mentors to Guide Your Career - Thursday, September 28, 4:00 to 7:00pm, BBA. This panel discussion and reception is aimed to help law students and young attorneys develop strategies to identify mentors and sponsors. Panelists will share their own experiences, discuss the importance of mentors and sponsors as well as tips for how to identify and cultivate them, and answer questions from audience members. The follow-on reception will then allow for a more informal networking opportunity. RSVP
Join local bar associations to gain access to their professional development resources and excellent networking opportunities.
- Boston Bar Association - Special offer for recent graduates!
- Federal Bar Association
- Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys
- Massachusetts Association of Women Lawyers
- Massachusetts Bar Association
- Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association
- Massachusetts Black Women Attorneys
- Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association
- New Hampshire Bar Association
- Rhode Island Bar Association
- Womens Bar Association
Alumni can use Westlaw up to 60 hours per month during this period, and there’s no limit on what they use it for, including paid work. They can access everything they could as students plus some new resources that were added as part of the new contract. Some of these new resources could be especially useful to attorneys who are working alone or in small firms, like Practical Law Connect, Doc & Form Builder, Drafting Assistant, and West LegalEdcenter.
Visit the Financial Literacy page for questions related to loan repayment and consolidation (including public interest loan forgiveness for federal loans), and other financial aid information.