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  Transitioning into the practice of law or searching for a legal position can be overwhelming even in the best of times. Throw in a global pandemic, a national crisis, and the beginnings of an economic downturn and the experience can be downright daunting. 

These unprecedented circumstances call for creativity, resiliency, and a renewed consciousness to successfully navigate the current legal employment landscape.  Here are a few of the tips we’ve collected to assist you in finding your first legal job or finding your next legal job during these uncertain times.

Keep everything in perspective. With industry reports of selected hiring freezes, furloughs, compensation reductions, and even layoffs, news about the legal industry job market might seem disheartening right now. But keep in mind that the news tends to report on the negatives and doesn’t always provide a balanced view of how things really look. While the legal industry job market is indeed more difficult right now, many employers are still hiring and attorneys are still landing both interviews and jobs. Your job search may look different (and take longer) than you’d anticipated, but hiring is still taking place.

Read up on video interviewing and practice. The dynamics of video interviews are significantly different than those of in-person interviews. Sharpening your virtual skills so that you appear professional, while also allowing your personality to shine through via video are critical. You don’t want to be left scrambling to understand the best practices of video interviewing at the last minute—start working on these skills now to give yourself time to polish them before the interview requests arrive in your inbox.

Adjust your expectations. As noted above, in this market, your job search is likely to take longer than you’d planned—the number and nature of job openings is contracting and shifting. Try to let go of what you think a job search “should” look like. Accept the current reality and lean into shifting your expectations to a new normal. We are all learning how to be “pandemic professionals” together. Employers are navigating the same uncertainty, pressures, and demands that you are balancing. There is no extra credit for doing this perfectly. Focus instead on managing your job search effectively. 

Stay in Touch. If you are a law student whose summer position has been eliminated or a new lawyer whose promised position has been put on hold, stay in touch with the firm or organization. You put in a lot of work to land your offer, and the firm/organization likewise put in tremendous effort to recruit you and offer you a position. You both made an investment in each other, and you should foster those connections for your future career. Those positions may become available again and a legal employer is more likely to return to someone they know and have a relationship with to fill those positions.

Lean into (remote) networking. Many employers with open positions might not be posting them on online job boards but are still trying to find talent through their networks—whether to fill an immediate opening or to line up talent for when hiring picks up. This makes networking more vital than ever. Reach out to your contacts with a service-oriented mindset—ask them how you can help rather than just touting your skills. Aim for authentic connection on a human level. You won't be able to grab a quick coffee or glass of wine with a contact or meet up over lunch for an informational interview. But you can find ways to network virtually so that you can maintain and grow your network. First, make sure your LinkedIn profile is polished and then take time every day to check in with connections and also research new connections. If you are interested in doing an informational interview, phone or video chats are just as effective, so don’t shy away from those options. And if you just want to catch up with some connections, schedule time for a virtual coffee or happy hour—which will probably do wonders for your stress level too.  

Find a search firm you trust. If you are an experienced lawyer seeking to lateral into a new position or replace a recently lost position, there are countless search firms out there, but they are not all made the same. Do your research; speak with multiple headhunters; and find one that you connect with, who understands your goals, and who will be straight with you during this rocky time. Now is not the time for coddling; you need to know what is happening in the legal job market and where you stand.

Play the long game. It’s easy to fall into the trap of tunnel vision when you’re anxious to secure new employment. If you can expand your perspective, you’ll have a better chance of success. Imagine where you’d like to be a year from now—and play out multiple scenarios. Keep conversations going with a wide variety of contacts. Remain flexible as the market continues to change. Be open to possibilities like a lateral move, a new practice area, or a temporary placement. Broadening your idea of what your next position might look like will open your eyes to more possibilities. Experts say that the sectors expected to expand include health care, insurance, tax, restructuring/bankruptcy, and employment law. Keep an eye on trends, and look for ways to hone your expertise in such areas.

Cultivate resilience. If you’re out of work, remember all the wellness-related activities you wished you had time for when you were at your busiest. Developing those habits—like physical activity, eating well, good sleep hygiene, and mindfulness practices—will serve you well right now and far into the future. Consider creating a daily schedule (and making a commitment to stick to it!) that helps you work toward your goals and milestones. Focus on what you can control—your own actions and strengthening your coping mechanisms—and try to let go of what’s outside your sphere of influence. Acknowledge that this time period is difficult and that moments of struggle are valid and expected. It’s okay to have bad days—that’s just human nature. At the same time, celebrate your efforts and reward yourself for small wins. Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. 

Help others, empower yourself. Taking action always feels better than sitting idly and awaiting what fate throws your way. Sometimes the best way to stay in motion is to help others who are also struggling. Virtual volunteer opportunities abound—both within the field of law and in many other areas. When you make a difference in someone else’s life, you get a powerful reminder that your actions matter and have value. We all work to make a living, but our careers provide far more than an income. A job is often a source of purpose, a sense of identity, and a means for making a difference in the world. Remember what drove you to enter the field of law in the first place, tap into that smoldering spark of passion, and use it to propel you into action that supports both your success and your well-being.

A “silver lining” with COVID-19 is that it is forcing the legal profession to realize that we don’t always have to do things the way we’ve always done them, especially when you can’t. Post-virus, the profession will look different and your role in it will likely be forever changed. The legal profession is resilient and so too are the people within it. Everyone seems to agree that “this, too, shall pass.” And when it does, people will still need lawyers. Stay strong, seek support, and stay well and stay healthy so you can be there when opportunity knocks again. 
CAMP Upcoming Events

Lawyers of the future? will need to develop new leadership literacies in order to transition to a new way of leading if they want to be successful as the practice of law continues to evolve. This event is for up-and-coming legal professionals and practitioners looking to advance their career with purpose and vision while creating a path for leadership. Join our panel of experts to explore imperative leadership literacies including diversity & inclusion, design thinking, and multidisciplinary teams.


Phyllis Wan
Mark Beese
Gabriela Sandoval



To attend via live webinar, please register at


The law is changing. It always has changed. Slowly, to be sure, and incrementally, but steadily. A slow-motion revolution. Simplistically, the theory of disruption says that newcomers to an industry may find ways to profitably serve the needs of people who are not customers of incumbent businesses because they are not profitable to serve under the incumbent companies? business models. Join our panel of experts to learn how technology, alternative business structures, and access to justice are leaving a lasting (and bettering) impression on the practice of law.


Lauren Lester
Yev Muchnik
Christina Brown

To attend in person, RSVP at

To attend via webinar, RSVP at


Apply to join Legal Entrepreneurs for Justice


At LEJ, we prepare talented and entrepreneurial lawyers in Colorado to build innovative, socially conscious, and sustainable law practices serving low and middle-income legal consumers throughout the state. We believe in the power of entrepreneurial lawyers to make a difference as solo practitioners in the quest to ensure access to justice for all.

Are you a lawyer interested in obtaining the skills and resources necessary to transition to or launch an innovative and successful law practice? Are you interested in making a positive impact on your community as a social entrepreneur?  LEJ offers access to training, mentoring, a network of like-minded individuals and subsidized resources to kick-start a legal practice targeted at the underserved middle market of potential clients.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, so you do not need to wait until the deadline to submit your information.

Applications for the Fall 2020 cohort are due by August 19, 2020. Apply at

Please contact Executive Director Laurie Gilbertson at with questions.

Attention: Solo-Small Firm practitioners!


Colorado’s legal profession is evolving. The culture of the profession looks dramatically different than it did five, twenty, and fifty years ago. The need for lawyer mentoring, however, has remained constant. Mentoring Circles are the newest way in which Colorado lawyers are finding mentoring opportunities. Mentoring circles are a form of group mentoring that encourages participants of all experience levels, positions, and knowledge to self-organize into mentoring groups for their personal and professional development. This unique setup gives motivated lawyers an avenue to grow within the profession, and opens the door for all lawyers (no matter seniority or practice area) to build more robust networks and connections they can turn to for support, practice area competencies, and professional growth.

LawBank and the CBA Solo and Small Firm Practice Section are launching a mentoring circle dedicated to the unique professional development needs of solo and small firm lawyers in Colorado. The CLE accredited mentoring circle, set to launch in October 2020 and supported by the Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program (CAMP), will be available to solo and small firm lawyers of all practice stages and experience. This session will introduce participants to the mentoring circle concept and outline the objectives and goals for the LawBank/CBA Solo and Small Firm Mentoring Circle. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions, provide feedback on workshop topics, and sign up to join the circle as a mentee or a mentor. 


Join us at the 2020 CBA Solo/Small Firm Institute on June 12th to learn more about the mentoring circle concept and outline the objectives and goals for the LawBank/CBA Solo and Small Firm Mentoring Circle. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions, provide feedback on workshop topics, and sign up to join the circle as a mentee or a mentor.

To join today:


1. Click the link below

2. Scroll to bottom of page where it says “Join or Propose a Mentoring Circle” and click Green “Join Now” button

3. Select “Join as a Member”

4. Complete application form

5. Once accepted, join “LawBank/Colorado Bar Association SSF Circle”

Join LawBank/CBA Solo Small Firm Mentoring Circle

Are you looking for practical tools to help you build a law practice you love?

Check out a new resource created by CAMP Mentor Lauren Lester!

"On Purpose Legal" is a community of legal professionals defining success for themselves and building careers that support the lives they want. In essence, we’re a bunch of happy lawyers and allied professionals.

Practicing within the legal profession is often stressful, uninspired, and rigid. Although many of us came to the profession to do good and make things better, we can often feel burnt out, unfulfilled and our authentic selves unwelcome. We believe it doesn’t have to be that way.

We believe that if each lawyer and legal professional embraces their purpose and builds an intentional career aligned with it, they will lead a happier, more fulfilling life and positively impact the community around them. Ultimately, our vision is to redefine what it means to be a successful member of the legal profession. We hope to help create a thriving legal profession where everyone is happier, healthier, and better positioned to do good and solve the bigger problems of the world.

The profession is ready for change. We hope you’ll join the On Purpose Legal community and ignite your impact!

Click below to learn more or join us today!

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Simple Ways to Improve Your Mood
    We often look for quick fixes and easy ways to feel better.  There is, however, a very simple way to feel better:  choose to be happier.  You can produce whatever chemicals of emotion you choose to create.  Regardless of the situation you are in, you get to decide how you want to feel.  Most of us get into an “emotional rut” where we practice the same types of emotions, feelings, or moods on a daily basis and then become addicted to them.  The next time you react in a predictable way that is negative to a stimulus or situation, ask yourself if that is how you want to feel.  If it is, then carry on; but if not, mindfully choose a different way to feel in response to the situation.  In so doing, you begin to “choose your mood.”  

For more information or for confidential assistance, please contact your Colorado Lawyer Assistance Program at 303.986.3345 or visit our website at

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