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I'm an LL.M graduate who took the July Wa bar exam and looking to practice in WA. I'm black and an immigrant.. not enough connections in the U.S. I don't need immigration sponsorship to work. Do you see law clerk positions at law firms advertised? How do folks land those positions? What are your overall recommendations to getting a job - especially while waiting for bar exam results. Thank you!

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Hi! Congrats on the LLM and doing the bar just right away, it's not easy. I would say that you would need to connect with attorneys and judges. Maybe reaching out the affinity bar you feel more connected in WA. Also, depending on what you want to do, you could reach out people in that field.

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Hi! Thank you for your recommendations! I am reaching out to affinity bars and I will seek out connections in practice areas I'm interested in.

Yes usually on google. Try using indeed.com. Also you can try to apply to smaller county courts that would get you some good experience although not a ton of pay. It’s honestly an apply and wait game.

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Just google your local county courts and find their hiring pages. Or just pick up the phone and call I find their usually nice. The smaller the court the easier it will be (but less openings because less positions).

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I’ll say you can also apply for contract manager roles, in case none of the above works. As a fellow LLM graduate, non-immigrant and black, I realized what people cared about mostly was whether I had US work experience in the legal field. After working as a contract manager for a couple months, it became easier to get call backs on my Resume. Nevertheless, I’ll say the market is quite hard and not just for LLM graduates. In addition, my advice above primarily applies if you are gearing towards in-house roles.

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I know this is an obvious answer, but have you tried alum from your LLM school? That's how I got a clerkship while waiting for bar results, they gave me an offer after I passed the bar, a few months later I moved somewhere else.

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I actually just received an offer. Thank you for your recommendation!

I would do some networking. See if you can connect with the black student law group from your institution who can then connect you to alumni. Any reason you are taking WA ? We are really strong in the DC area and you may want to consider a federal practice :)

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I am trying that as well. But in the meantime, I have received an offer to work as a law clerk at a solo practice. Thank you for your recommendation!

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