Transitioning from JD Preferred to Attorney Law Firm Position

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Transitioning from JD Preferred to Attorney Law Firm Position

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Feb 25, 2017 6:03 am

Hey guys! I am writing to seek some advice, possibly based on your knowledge or experiences.

I graduated from a T50 law school where I focused my studies in intellectual property (copyrights and trademarks) and business law. Immediately after graduation, I got secured a job as a Business and Legal Affairs Coordinator at an entertainment company. As a result, I did not take the bar exam in July 2015 since I had already secured this JD preferred role and quite frankly, I was not getting the time off to prepare for the bar exam.

I eventually took the New Jersey Bar Exam in July 2016 and passed. I am now a licensed attorney and I would like to transition into attorney/ associate roles at a law firm to practice copyright/ trademark law OR business law.

I know that this is a non-traditional path but I would greatly appreciate if anyone is able to render any advice on steps to take toward transitioning into a law firm- whether big, mid or small.

Thank You in advance for your responses.


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Re: Transitioning from JD Preferred to Attorney Law Firm Position

Postby gaddockteeg » Sat Feb 25, 2017 11:10 am

The position youre in isn't the kind of JD-Preferred that most successful transition-ers have (compliance or consulting).

So in your case, I wouldn't even call it "transitioning." You would really just be applying to a job as a regular entry level atty -- so thats how I would approach it. Just apply to entry level jobs youre interested in.

edit: glossed over the IP thing, do you have a BS/ are you patent bar eligible?

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