[Jobs] Legal Career Professionals – Recruiting, Career Services, etc.

If you’re a lawyer looking for alternative careers, I’d bookmark the NALP job postings page. On there, law schools and law firms post jobs relating to recruiting, lateral retention, professional development, and business development.  Please note, not all of the NALP listings require a JD.

For example, here are a few representative positions posted on December 4, 2009:

Law School

  • Associate/Assistant Director of Career Services. The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois, seeks a full-time professional to join its Career Services Office as an Assistant or Associate Director. Salary and title (Assistant Director or Associate Director) will be commensurate with experience. The Associate/Assistant Director will counsel students (J.D., LL.M. and M.S.) and alumni about career options and the job search process, educate students about the job market, critique resumes and cover letters, conduct mock interviews, and provide individualized career guidance. This position will report to the Assistant Dean for Career Services. The Associate/Assistant Director will perform outreach to legal employers and alumni to increase employment opportunities for students and graduates. In addition, the Assistant/Associate Director will develop and present student programming, create office publications, assist with the on-campus interviewing program, gather employment data, and prepare reports and marketing materials.

Law Firm

  • Training and Development Manager Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, an international law firm of over 1,000 lawyers, has two new positions in the DC office of the Legal Talent Department: Training and Development Manager – Litigation and Training and Development Manager – Securities and Regulatory. These two positions offer a unique opportunity for highly motivated individuals to join a team-oriented department whose function is essential to the firm’s success.
    • The Training and Development Manager – Litigation Department develops and implements substantive legal training and other professional development programs, with a specific focus on the Litigation Department and the Washington, DC office. Co-manages the firm-wide women’s initiative and implements the initiative’s agenda. Works with the Director of Firmwide Legal Training and other members of the Training team to identify and address training needs, develop curricula, and implement programs to maximize effectiveness and quality and to ensure the continued professional development of the firm’s attorneys. Additional responsibilities include: constant evaluation of the content and format of training programs; staying abreast of trends in professional development for attorneys; providing referral services as necessary to attorneys with specific training and/or development needs; supporting the Firm’s mentoring programs; and managing the training and development team in the Washington, DC office.
    • The Training and Development Manager – Securities and Regulatory Practices develops and implements substantive legal training and other professional development programs, with a specific focus on the securities and regulatory practices and the Washington, DC office. Works with the Director of Firmwide Legal Training and other members of the Training team to identify and address training needs, develop curricula, and implement programs to maximize effectiveness and quality and to ensure the continued professional development of the firm’s attorneys. Additional responsibilities include: constant evaluation of the content and format of training programs; staying abreast of trends in professional development for attorneys; providing referral services as necessary to attorneys with specific training and/or development needs; and supporting the Firm’s mentoring programs.

Like always, these are excerpts.  The full postings are on the NALP website.

As some general advice for attorneys who want to segue out of associate life to one of these career-oriented positions, I always recommend to brainstorm on your motivations for applying, including your work experience (e.g. firm mentoring) and the attributes that you bring with your experience as an associate (e.g. familiarity with firm life, corresponding with partners, time management, etc.). Most likely, the skill set you will use in these positions will not be the same as the skill set attorneys use. Make sure you reflect on that, on why you want this type of position, and why you are a good match. It’s always easier to do this exercise before you start a new job than after you’ve already accepted it.

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