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How difficult is it to get a job as a practicing lawyer?

I plan on becoming a child advocate lawyer and I've heard from many other people that you might not like that you can't always get job doing what you want as a lawyer. #lawyer #child #advocate #career-goals

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Dorothy’s Answer

I would recommend applying for internships at various law firms and company legal operations. That would provide access to other attorneys who can give you advice and have exposure to working with legal documents, processes, policies and case support. You may find that starting in any area of legal services would be a good foundation for moving into a specific practice, such as child advocacy. Good luck!
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Ken’s Answer

It all depends on many factors. From my experience, the most important question is: are your personality traits are aligned with those of a lawyer. The other important questions is: do you really know what a lawyer does on their job? When I was doing college recruiting, I found that too many graduates had neglected to get the proper and complete answers to those questions and found that they did not like and were uncomfortable with the practical application of the major which they had spend so much time and money studying.

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Identify professional associations to which people working in that career area belong, so that you can meet and learn from professionals the inside scoop on the career area. Here is a good way to locate such associations: Professional Associations ## https://www.careeronestop.org/BusinessCenter/Toolkit/find-professional-associations.aspx?&frd=true ##
Talk to the person at your school who tracks and works with graduates and arrange to meet, talk to, visit, and shadow someone in your identified career area to get to know first hand what is involved in that career area. Make those contacts in person (face to face or at least with a phone call to arrange for a face to face, as using a communication method that allows for a two way verbal communication and dialogue is very important. Here are some good tips on getting helpful information: ## https://www.wikihow.com/Network ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/9-tips-for-navigating-your-first-networking-event ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-job-search-strategy-thatll-make-you-15-times-more-likely-to-be-hired ## Networking for Introverts ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/an-introverts-guide-to-networking ##
Talk to the counseling office at your school and arrange to take an Interest and Aptitude Test to identify what career areas to which your personality traits are aligned, and have the results interpreted by a professional.
This site will give you some important things to consider: ## https://www.thebalance.com/so-you-want-to-become-a-lawyer-2164536 ##
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