Lawyers at large law firms are typically smart, highly skilled individuals with much to offer potential employers. But they may have one distinct, if otherwise enviable, disadvantage in the job market: they may never have had to look for a job previously.

Going straight from law school to a firm through an on-campus recruiting program, or being recruited by a job placement professional for a lateral move, does not prepare attorneys to conduct a job search on their own. Those with prior work experience outside of a law firm have something of an advantage, but many have still not looked for a job in over a decade.