Thursday, August 15, 2013

The Bar Is Over -- Now What?

It's that time of year when this question pops up a lot. What should a law school graduate who recently took the bar do during the purgatory between taking the bar and getting the results?

FindLaw ran a post yesterday discussing this topic, and I agree with their suggestions:

1. Update Your Resume
2. Update LinkedIn
3. Get Fit
4. Start Networking

All great ideas. You want to have your resume in order to give it out at a moment's notice. LinkedIn is essential in this day and age. It's not only your electronic resume, but it also works for networking purposes. And you can add additional content through a blog (like I do).

Getting fit is a no-brainer. It's time to shed that weight you put on during those sedentary law school years. Not only will it help you land a job, but you'll feel better and be more centered while waiting for your bar results.

Networking is vital because getting a job is a lot about who you know. This is often the one thing that differentiates you from the rest of the pack.

The one thing that I think is missing from the list is taking care of your student loans. Nearly 85% of law school graduates have $100,000 in student debt, so make sure to take the necessary steps to create a manageable repayment plan. You don't want creditors harassing you, and if your loans get out of hand, it could reflect poorly on your character and fitness.

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