How do I switch legal fields?
October 17, 2006 12:35 PM Subscribe
I'm a lawyer who's practiced for five years; how do I start over in a brand new field of law?
Corollary: I have no law firm experience - my legal experience is all with state government. Is it possible to start over as a first-year associate with a law firm? How?
posted by Tin Man to Work & Money (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Further explanation: I lost my position as a state government attorney in a mass layoff five months ago. I worked there for five years. Since then I've been looking for a job, but no bites yet. My field was totally uninteresting to me, and yet I don't seem qualified for jobs as a practicing lawyer outside my field. Ads for such jobs always require experience in a particular field that I don't have.
How can I start over as, say, a tax lawyer, or a mergers & acquisitions lawyer, or whatever?