Online employment boards and job listings have become one of the easiest ways to locate current job openings, including those in the legal field. Some cater specifically to law job openings, but other more general sites have good legal postings, too.
These are ranked from the best legal sites down to general sites.
LawCrossing maintains a collection of over 70,000 active legal jobs throughout the world, claiming that the site “continuously monitors the hiring needs of more than 250,000 legal employers, including virtually every law firm, corporation, government office, and public interest organization in the United States.” Boasting of identifying more than 500 new available legal jobs every hour, LawCrossing sits atop our list.
This is definitely one of the better sites out there. You won’t have to fish, at least not very hard, to find the best available jobs, because Legal Staff posts «featured jobs» right on its homepage. Legal Staff also provides a free resume service so that you’ll be ready to act when you find the job you want. This site is dedicated to the legal industry.
A highly trafficked legal website, FindLaw provides job listings for a wide range of legal professionals through its Law Career Center. It also maintains a comprehensive set of legal resources on the internet for law students and professionals, including case law and legal news.
U.S. Courts maintain a list of employment opportunities in the federal judiciary for individuals who seek a job within the government. The U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) website also offers a list of job vacancies at the DoJ.
National Association for Law Placement (NALP)
The NALP hosts a job board that’s mostly geared toward employers. It offers tips and aids to help them post the perfect job listing so that they get loads of applicants. That said, those employers are looking to hire. Would-be applicants can conduct searches, too, and save the jobs they’re interested in pursuing. The site also lets job seekers filter their searches according to their preferred criteria.
LawJobs.com lists legal job openings, classifieds, and nationwide ads for lawyers, paralegals, and legal support staff. It also includes a career center with career profiles, salary information, and career advice.
BCG Attorney Search
BCG Attorney Search is dedicated exclusively to attorney listings and is one of the largest legal recruiting firms in the U.S. It maintains a job database that matches current openings with your skills and career objectives.
ABA Law Student Division Career Information Center
Legal Career Central is an American Bar Association site. It has job boards, information on networking opportunities, internships, and other resources. Its limitation is that it, too, focuses on attorneys, not necessarily support personnel.
Lawmatch offers free and fee-based services that match your employment profile to online classified ads for attorneys, law students, paralegals, and other legal professionals. It includes full-time, part-time, and contract opportunities.
Simplylawjobs.com maintains an employment database of over 10,000 legal jobs, although they’re mostly in the United Kingdom. It serves law firms as well as those looking for jobs with those firms.
Mylawjob.com offers a job database of several thousand legal jobs. It doesn’t have the visual appeal of some of these other sites, but it’s comprehensive and you can sort the listings by state. It’s generally free to use, but with a caveat: You might be charged a fee if you’re a «heavy user».
Proven offers more than 100 job boards. It’s something of a hybrid, posting jobs in other sectors as well, but the legal boards are top notch. It’s not free, however, at least not for employers. A single job listing costs an employer $99 as of 2018, although Proven does offer free trials. Look at it this way: if the employer is willing to hand over this kind of money, it’s probably very serious about hiring.
Above the Law
Above the Law is mostly legal news so that you can keep up with pertinent events as you plan your job search. But it also posts available jobs right on its homepage. Employers also pay for their posts at this site, so you know they’re actively looking to hire sooner rather than later. The site’s search capabilities are superior to those of a lot of other sites, offering numerous filters.
Another hugely popular job-hunting website, Monster.com is generic and not specifically geared to the legal profession. But you can search hundreds of thousands of jobs nonetheless and build and post your resume. You can access thousands of pages of career info and advice.
Monster.com also offers company research information, career advice, scholarship searches, international jobs, and information on online degrees.
Like Monster.com, this one isn’t specifically geared toward legal jobs either, but it’s one of the most popular job-hunting websites on the net. CareerBuilder.com lets you search by keyword, industry, salary, location, job category, employment, degree, and other criteria.