Unemployed as yet 3L here, longtime lurker. Just an idea for people that I am doing to make ends meet while I job hunt (and hopefully give me some flexibility to find a job I'll be at least somewhat happy with):
I found a solo attorney who needed briefs written on an occasional basis (five or ten hours of work here and there) and paid fairly well to do it ($30/hr in a secondary market). I have that on my resume to show substantive legal work. I am also signed up for JD-required doc review projects with several doc review agencies. I may do a couple short-term projects while studying the bar, and will definitely do so after the bar while awaiting results. I don't plan to put the doc review work on my resume as yet, but I'm actually happy to be doing legal work, even tedious work, for $20-$30/hr rather than, say, tending bar or being a hostess (which is not bad work, but still). There is a chance that doc review in a specific area of law would prove useful to show experience in a particular area of law at midsize firms (eg, insurance defense) or for staff attorney jobs, so I COULD put it on my resume where appropriate, but don't have to. There is the off chance I meet an attorney with a useful connection or find full-time work through doc review/temping. It's a slight chance, but better than nothing.
If people could find a similar arrangement doing project work with a small firm or solo or even doing pro bono for a volunteer org, and then pay the bills with doc review, it might ease some financial worries while still having at least one resume building thing happening. The doc review places I've found let you work a fairly flexible schedule (say, four ten hour days instead of five eight hour days) which leaves time for meetings/networking/volunteering.
I realize none of the things I'm targeting (midlevel insurance defense firms, staff attorney at a big firm, solo/small firms) are ideal, and that doc review is often considered a dead end, but I'm trying to be realistic and use my degree to make a living while buying some time to network and figure out where I can be happy, given my realistic limited options. A small, friendly, brightly lit 4- or 5-attny general practice small firm near the courthouse in a nice small town is worlds different than a solo traffic attorney's strip mall office covered in takeout boxes, even if the pay isn't that different ... Not that I'm speaking from experience.
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