When it comes to finding work, career advisers will tell you there is no substitute for phone calls and handshakes. In a word, networking. We agree, and yet we’d be remiss if we didn’t pass along the six exceptional online job sites cited in this week’s US News & World Report. They are:
And while you’re at it, check the Web site for the International Association of Employment Web Sites (www.employmentwebsites.org). There are more than 50,000 online job boards in the US alone, and most of the best are listed here alphabetically. Of course, in the interest of time, check out below at our own list of online law job boards (and don’t overlook the public interest, US government, and international job sites located in our Career Counseling section). Good luck:
Advancement Project (www.advancementproject.org) – Legal action group committed to racial justice. Found in 1998 by veteran civil rights lawyers, the AP partners with community groups, bringing them the tools of legal advocacy and strategic communications to dismantle structural exclusion. For a small but current list of job opportunities for lawyers and law students, click on About Us.
American Corporate Counsel Association (www.jobline.acca.com) – Serving the professional needs of attorneys practicing in corporate legal departments and private sector organizations worldwide. The searchable job database has more than three dozen categories from ADR and antitrust to tax and transactions.
American Lawyer Media (www.LawJobs.com) – Employment classifieds from a network of recruiters and legal publications, including its own — The Recorder, National Law Journal, and New York Law Journal. The site contains a rotating collection of career-oriented articles, surveys, and firm rankings.
Attorney Jobs Online (www.Attorneyjobsonline.com) – This Thomson Reuters enterprise is a monthly subscription service that posts legal and law-related jobs with gov’t agencies, courts, corporations, law firms, advocacy groups, and international organizations in the US and abroad. The site also offers a fee-based career coaching service.
Capitol Hill Jobs (www.hillzoo.com) – The go-to site for internships and political, lobbying, and legislative jobs in Washington, DC.
Coalition on Human Needs (www.chn.org) – An alliance of national organizations working together to promote public policies that address the needs of low-income and other vulnerable populations. CHN seeks highly motivated, organized, and energetic individuals for full-time internships.
Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (www.elaw.org) – The Oregon-based office of ELAW gives public interest environmental lawyers around the world access to the scientific and legal resources in the U.S., and the lessons of more than 30 years of using law to protect the environment. ELAW begins interviewing in early March for its summer legal intern program. Interns assist the staff attorneys in responding to requests for assistance from overseas advocates.
EmplawyerNet (www.emplawyernet.com) – Inexpensive, subscription-based job data for lawyers, law students, and paralegals. Student rates. Members get email alerts when a posted job matches their search criteria. Jobs are gathered from a variety of online sources, legal newspapers, and directly from legal employers. Member discounts available to many law school alumni groups. Est. 1991.
Hieros Gamos (www.hg.org/employment) – In ancient Greece, hieros gamos – or hierogamy – meant “holy wedding”. An apt description for this encyclopedic marriage of all things legal. Founded by a law firm consortium in 1995, the site presents a wealth of posted legal jobs (domestic and international), links, and thoughtful, career-oriented material. There’s something here for anyone leaving a job, losing a job, changing careers, or seeking alternatives. And it’s free; go to the tool bar and click on Employment Center.
Portfolio Media, Inc. (www.portfoliomedia.com) – A daily, subscription-based online news service covering key litigation, legislative initiatives, regulatory developments and law firm news in 10 practice areas. The IP section (www.ip.law360.com) is the only one with a job board with positions posted daily; members and nonmembers are free to view and apply.
Roll Call Jobs (www.rcjobs.com) – Interactive Capitol Hill job site operated by Roll Call, the leading DC publication on Congressional news.
Womens Job List (www.womensjoblist.com) — Online job board for women. Founded in 1999, the site breaks out jobs by more than three dozen professional categories (legal, among them), and draws from thousands of employer classifieds posted every day on Craigslist. Free membership; members can sign up for email job alerts.