Social Engagement: High
What’s What: As Oliver Wendell Holmes astutely pointed out, the law is a “jealous mistress.” If you can’t quit it or don’t want to, there are well-paying ways to stay involved.
Amava Take: Let’s put all those lawyer jokes and that Shakespearean murderous impulse aside, shall we? Some people just love the law. And whether you’ve practiced for decades (you must be pretty good by now!) or you’re just looking for more flexible ways to pursue legal work, you should know that there are more choices than ever. It so happens that firms and corporations have figured out that contract and part-time positions for lawyers work for them. So maybe you should purSUE that? Alright, we give, litigation is not only way.
From the Front Lines:
What kinds of candidates are you looking for to fill these jobs?
Juris doctors who’ve passed at least one state bar, of course. But also responsible, practical team players who get up-the-chain quickly if we get a wish list!
Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?
In most of these roles, whoever is hiring you knows how they want to manage the matter. Unless they’re asking for case management, stick to the facts!
What’s a typical daily schedule like?
You know how this works. When a matter is pressing, it can be quite deadline driven.
From the Trenches:
What’s the most satisfying part of the job?
I enjoy doing the work without worrying about office politics, face-time or jockeying for anything!
How would you describe the hard parts?
Esoteric legal issues are an acquired taste.
Say something great about lawyers!
We tend to be practical, detail-oriented and at home with complexity.
Special Requirements: You’ll need a J.D. from an accredited law school and Bar Exam requirements will vary by gig, but at a minimum you must be a member of the Bar in some state and in good standing. Some positions will require specific, specialized experience.
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Finding a Position: There are quite a few agencies that specialize in placing temporary or contract lawyers nationwide. They tend to have tight relationships with law firms and companies who need legal help, adding value by handling the screening process for the entity. If you’re looking to start quickly, it is worth your time to submit you resume with more than one legal placement agency. You can also check in with your state bar association for job listings or the American Bar Association job listings site and search temporary or contract positions.