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Guerrilla Tactics for Getting the Legal Job of Your Dreams, 2nd Edition [Paperback]

Kimm Alayne Walton
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March 17 2008 0314176772 978-0314176776 2 Expanded
Packed with hundreds of proven strategies that work time and again.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good tool, but not a magic wand. May 18 2004
This book won't magically open the door to the legal job of your dreams, but it might empower you with some tools so that you don't totally goof up a great opportunity. Much of the advice is very common sense- yet the explanations behind some of the advice are what is helpful.
I found the book very well supported, even though I did not agree with all of the author's advice. For example, I appreciated her explanation of how to handle the interview question regarding a "weakness." On the other hand, I disagreed with her unorthodox advice to not broach the issue of salary and benefits in an interview. I found her emphasis on the importance of networking to be lengthy. After all, if you're extremely connected within the legal community, you probably don't need this book. Also irritating was the advice to sell yourself in an interview like an "infommercial." I did, however, appreciate her take on certain interview questions and the advice to keep your answers focused on "what is in it for the interviewer."
There is no magic formula in this book, but it is a good presentation of one person's attack strategy in the legal job market. I gave it only three stars because the book made grand promises that I felt it didn't keep and because it is a bit overpriced.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Feelings March 23 2004
By Deh
I have read this book, and admittedly not employed all of its suggestions. However, from what I have read and tried, my feelings are mixed. First of all, I'm a graduate from the bottom of the class of a "Top 10" law school. I could not get into any firm, thus I don't have the problem of having to explain not receiving an offer after my summer (I'm interested in gov't at this point).
Grades/school: this book is great for people who are currently enrolled and doing fairly ok-to-well in law school, and want an extra boost to get into a better firm/employer. Students at the very top and very bottom of the class are unlikely to benefit from the book. Why? Because most firms only look at grades, then school, nothing else. Almost all big firms, the ones most capable of hiring graduates, won't hire below the top 75% of a top law school. Kimm suggests avoiding firms that are concerned about grades. Well, unfortunately, that would be almost all of the firms except the ones that pay $28K a year.
Small firms: the author suggests looking at small firms. The problem is these firms also tend to be fixated on grades, sometimes even more so than large firms. In addition, small firms tend to be very low paying ($40K and below) and you will be required to work the same long hours as at a big firm. Grant it, you will have your foot in the door. On the other hand, small firms don't hire until you admitted to the bar, so you're looking at a few months without an income, or longer if you don't pass the bar the first time.
Volunteering: the book suggests doing this at various gov't agencies like DA's or City Attorney's offices. Watch out: most of these places will use the free help and not offer a job.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Save Your Money June 29 2003
By A Customer
This book provides some rather basic common sense approaches to finding a job. I would not buy the book. However, if your library has a copy check it out of the library and read it or go to your local book store and sit down and read it with a cup of coffee. I think she makes suggestions about how to get a job that are just extremely unlikely to materialize. She suggests that you can get a job at a big firm by first working as a Contract Attorney. This is VERY VERY unlikely. Big firms have hiring committees and usually a list of schools they will hire from. If your school is not on that list, they cannot consider you. I know people who have done contract work for many years at a lot of big firms and they were never offered a job. It just doesn't work that way. Contract work usually involves working for a short time on a single project with many other attorneys (some cases over 100 other attorneys). I've never heard of anyone getting hired on at a big firm after working as a Contract Attorney. Anything is possible, but it is EXTREMELY unlikley. The truth is that most reputable big and mid-sized firms would rather be understaffed than hire Attorneys who lack the proper credentials. Also, she writes at one point that people hire people, not schools. In my experience, firms hire ONLY from certain schools and her book is not footnoted to back up the claims she is making with rock solid evidence. My suggestion is read this book at your library or book store for free, but don't buy it. Save your money for your student loan payments.
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I found this book to be a lifesaver. Job searchs can be frightening and overwhelming, for L1s in particular, but this book de-mystifies the entire process. My main obstacle was that I froze up on job interviews, despite having good grades. I tried getting help from Career Counseling, and I tried doing practice interviews with attornies, but it got to the point where I was too terrified to even apply for any more jobs. (Let me put it this way - my interviews used to be so bad that when I finally was able to tell my career counselor I had a job offer, she almost had a heart attack on the spot.)
I came across this book in our law library, and got good advice from the whole thing, but paid particular attention to the section on interviewing. I saw improvement in every interview I did, and ended up turning down several jobs before accepting an L2 Summer job. After graduating and passing the bar in another state, I reviewed the book again, and ended up getting through a marathon of 8 interviews in one afternoon, to get the job I wanted.
I found the entire book useful; the writing style was humorous and readable, and the advice was invariably helpful. My situation may have been more drastic than that of most law students, but this IS a book for those who are not having much luck finding a job. If you've got a lot of job offers, you probably don't need this book. For the rest of us...get a copy. Don't get it from your law library - another student will recall it soon. ;)
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3.0 out of 5 stars More Good Than Bad...and I Got a Job
I agree with some of the other reviews that the writing is "cutesy" in this book, but it is a self-help book. Read more
Published on July 11 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!
I thought this book was excellent. The advice Walton gives in the book is practical and largely common sense. Yet, many job seekers forget to do it. Read more
Published on April 11 2003 by Jerry Sanchez
5.0 out of 5 stars Guerilla Tactics got me my job!
I love this book. As silly as it all sounds it's based on common sense. I used Walton's guerilla tactics as a very unconventional law graduate and got a job at a big NY firm. Read more
Published on Sept. 7 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for new law students
For those of us who are not Editors in Chief at Ivy League law schools this book is a tremendous help in finding that first legal job. Read more
Published on April 15 2002 by "rlk48"
3.0 out of 5 stars Weigh your options first before buying
Whether you like the author's style or not, you can find the answer to about any question you have in this book. For that reason, it is probably the best buy on the market. Read more
Published on Aug. 23 2001 by Lewis B Gainor
5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic Advice That Works
I bought this book during my second year of law school and have found it unbelievably helpful. The author genuinely knows what she is talking about, and after following her advice... Read more
Published on Oct. 24 2000
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book for law students to read before OCI's
I read this book, no kidding, the night before I had an OCI (on campus interview). I didn't get much from the book - there isn't much in it that you either don't already know or... Read more
Published on Aug. 7 2000 by twisesq
1.0 out of 5 stars Save your money on this one.
Network, network, network. We've heard it before, and it is this author's "magic" tip. The cutesy writing style was also annoying. Read more
Published on July 30 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars You don't have to be on law review!
A very reassuring and informative book. This book offers concrete suggestions and step by step plans for landing a great job. Read more
Published on June 26 2000
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