Networking and Relationship Building
During your job search process you will want to spend time researching employers in the field of law that interests you and building a network and creating relationships with lawyers who are in that field.
This process will give you an idea of what lawyers in a given field actually do every day, and how best to position yourself to obtain a job.
Use Symplicity to upload your resume and other application materials and apply for available positions with employers. You can also use it to review firm profiles.
The NALP Directory is a user-friendly, searchable website containing brief firm profiles and contact information, demographics, and primary practice areas for large law firms. The NALP Directory also provides anticipated hiring numbers, compensation for associates, billable hour requirements, and data on partnership patterns.
Each firm’s website contains valuable information regarding its offices, attorneys, practice areas, and other details. At a minimum, before you interview with a firm, you should review its website. Although they are primarily designed to attract business and recruit talented attorneys, firm websites do provide a window into how the firm views itself and how it positions itself in the industry. Pay attention to the number of attorneys in a given practice area or office; browse the “news” or “client alerts” sections to get a better sense of the firm’s priorities. Use the attorney biographies to research your interviewers, to find Georgetown Law alumni, and to get a sense of the firm’s client base and major engagements.
Chambers and Partners
Chambers and Partners provides various guides to the legal profession in the US, the UK, Asia, Latin America and globally. Chambers USA Guide ranks and describes top firms and attorneys by practice area in narrative form for every state in the U.S. Comments are derived from clients of the firms. In addition, the website has Chambers Global Guide and Chambers UK Student Guide.
At Chambers Associate you will find comprehensive information on various practice areas, as well as survey-based information presented in narrative form about a selection of large firms around the country. Search by practice area, geographic location, or firm name. The surveys cover associate life (quality/volume of work; hours; culture), areas of firm expertise, and information including benefits packages and national hiring practices.
Legal500 is a wide-ranging tool that provides information about law firms and legal markets around the globe. Legal500 contains practice area reviews that report on major recent developments in a given field. It also presents qualitative assessments of law firms’ strengths and the names of leading lawyers in various practice areas.
With a focus on litigation practices in the United States, Asia, and Canada, Benchmark Litigation provides tiered rankings and qualitative firm information derived from interviews with litigators and their clients.
Access to Vault is free when you register using your Georgetown email address. Vault profiles and ranks large national law firms, with a heavy emphasis on the prestige of the firm. The Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms, contains qualitative information about firms, and Vault publishes other guides that may be useful, such as regional guides and guides to different practice areas.
The American Lawyer publishes an annual Mid-level Associates Survey as well as a Summer Associate Survey, both of which focus on “quality of life” metrics. The Am Law 100 is a ranking based on the financial health and profitability of firms. The American Lawyer also publishes articles regarding the latest happenings in the legal industry, including firm mergers, hot practice areas, and the state of the legal market. Articles pertaining to specific law firms are searchable by firm name. Log in with your Georgetown email/password.
The Bloomberg BNA guides, available from the Georgetown Law Library, contain in-depth research regarding cutting-edge issues in specific areas of the law.
The Internet Financial Law Review publishes guides and rankings that focus on business and financial law. Client interviews generate information about firms and markets from around the globe.
Use the Martindale-Hubbell Advanced Search feature to find Georgetown Law alumni working in certain firms, cities, or practice areas.
Note: Please do not contact alumni and/or practitioners for employment or business purposes but rather contact them with the goal of obtaining informational interviews, asking for advice on practice areas and seeking information on legal trends and hiring in diverse geographic locations.
Recent LL.M. Alumni
Graduate Career and Professional Development has collected names and contact information of recent graduates from the LL.M. program (password protected, under the Relationship Building tab) who have indicated they are willing to serve as a resource about career planning for current LL.M. students. You can review their details sorted by country of first law degree; LL.M. degree program; or current location (sorted by city, country).
Hoya Gateway is an innovative program that facilitates career-related conversations between current Georgetown students and alumni. Students may use Hoya Gateway to connect with alumni for in-person, one-on-one meetings in the form of an informational interview, resume review, mock interview or job shadowing.
Graduate Career and Professional Development manages a LinkedIn subgroup, LL.M. Careers, for Georgetown Law LL.M. students and alumni to connect with one another and with the LL.M. career advisors in Graduate Career and Professional Development. LL.M. Careers is a place for Graduate Career and Professional Development to post career-search-related content and a place for students and alumni to form relationships and to foster productive career development discussions.
Search for alumni from Georgetown and other schools you have attended. Enter the name of the school in the search bar on the top left, then click on “See alumni.” To narrow your search, type additional information or use the filters LinkedIn provides.
American Bar Association (ABA) Calendar
For a comprehensive listing of ABA Section events scheduled during the year, visit the ABA Calendar. Consider joining a Section covering your area of professional interest, or even a Committee within a Section.
District of Columbia (D.C.) Bar Calendar
For a comprehensive listing of Washington, D.C., Bar events scheduled during the year, visit the D.C. Bar Events Calendar. Consider joining a Section covering your area of professional interest, or even a Committee within a Section. You should also consider attending events scheduled by the Maryland or Virginia Bar Associations.
Continuing Legal Education (CLE)
Georgetown Law offers comprehensive CLE programs throughout the year for attorneys practicing in the Washington, D.C. legal community. This resource is particularly good for more experienced LL.M. students and usually free of charge for Georgetown Law students. Just take your GOcard. Visit the Georgetown Law CLE Calendar.
- Peers – Current Georgetown students are an invaluable source of information and potentially vital connections. Talk to classmates, peer advisors, and Law Fellows about their career path and connections.
*Don’t forget alumni of your undergraduate institution as potential peer contacts as well.
- Friends/Family – Students often underestimate the value of their personal network. Talk to friends and family about your career goals and employers of interest, and you may be surprised what connections you uncover.
- Former colleagues – Maintaining connections with colleagues and supervisors from prior jobs and internships is a critical piece of building your professional network. These people know your skills on-the-job and are frequently well-positioned to forward you opportunities or speak on your behalf.
- Georgetown Law Career Advisors/Faculty/Administrators – Do not overlook the value of the in-house Georgetown network. Georgetown Law faculty, career advisors, and administrators have vast personal networks in addition to knowing years (sometimes decades) worth of alumni, and they are happy to facilitate introductions.
- Careers Programs – Take advantage of networking programs coordinated by Graduate Career and Professional Development to meet new contacts, especially our employer receptions and Lunching with Lawyers. See the Programming Calendar and read the weekly Graduate Connections newsletter for information on upcoming programs.