The definitive guide for anyone looking for a fulfilling legal career.
THE LAW CAREER PLAYBOOK
RACHEL TESSA GEZERSEH
What happens when skills you need to create a law career you love aren’t necessarily the skills you learned in classrooms or lecture halls?
With the ferocity of the job market, and competitiveness of the law field, aspiring lawyers don’t just need opportunities. They need to stand out. They need to market themselves. They need tools to create their own paths.
The Law Career Playbook is the toolkit for making that happen.
As a student at Southwestern Law in 2007, Rachel Tessa Gezerseh realized the ticket to differentiating herself in an ultra-competitive field was specialized personal branding and marketing, two things usually left off of law school curricula. Now a success story with her own dream career in law, Rachel Gezerseh flips the status quo for law school students and graduates, giving them tangible tips on resume-building and networking, as well as diving into the branding strategies that will make you stand out as exceptional in a sea of qualified lawyers.
The Law Career Playbook is your ticket to hustling with purpose, forging meaningful industry connections, and unlocking the power of who you are in order to end up with your very own dream law career.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rachel Tessa Gezerseh
California-based lawyer, law professor, writer, and accomplished speaker Rachel Gezerseh is the author of The Law Career Playbook (February 2019), which focuses on helping new and aspiring lawyers learn to market themselves and get ahead in the competitive legal industry.
After 10 years as a Business Litigator at Jones Day in Los Angeles, Rachel is now a partner at boutique law firm Liang Ly LLP and continues to focus on complex commercial litigation in federal and state courts. She recently joined the part-time faculty at the University of Southern California as an adjunct law professor.
In addition to creating the popular Break Into BigLaw and BIBL Voices blogs, Rachel has also been featured in Bloomberg Big Law Business and ABA For Law Students.
Rachel holds a law degree from Southwestern Law School.
Previous Speaking Engagements
Southwestern Law School
Pepperdine University School of Law
University of Miami School of Law
University of California - Los Angeles (Pre-Law)
University of California - Berkeley (Pre-Law)
The Law Career Playbook is what you wished you learned in law school. Drawing from personal trial-and-error and the endeavors of other successful legal job hunters, The Law Career Playbook is the ultimate guide for law school graduates, college students, and aspiring lawyers. In a competitive field, standing out and strategy are key to ending up in a law career you love. Here’s what you can expect to walk away knowing after reading The Law Career Playbook:
How to identify and discover opportunities that are the right fit for you
How to create an actionable career plan, including accessing the hidden job market
How to develop meaningful relationships in the field through networking that lasts
How to craft the resume, self marketing, and career materials you need to score the career of your dreams
The Law Career Playbook is a step-by-step guide that includes real-world stories of lawyers who have put Rachel’s advice to the test, using it to snag dream jobs they could barely imagine as new graduates. No matter where you are in your law career, moving forward starts here.
The Law Career Playbook Reviews
"I just could not help myself [but] to finish reading the rest of the Playbook in one day.
I am humbled by the amount of work that you have put into your career, through the systematic and continuous game plan described in your Playbook. I am really inspired to mimic your example, not only to land myself in a fulfilling legal job, but also to have the same balance in life that you have created."
- Shawn Mckendry (Southwestern Law School Student)
"Rachel’s book explains and details a step by step process to approach legal job searching in a different, more effective and creative way.
Just with my first read I found her book so helpful in my job search process, and I keep coming back to it to remind me of what to do at certain moments and to motivate me to push harder and be patient."
- Rachel Lee, JD (University of Texas at Austin Graduate)
“The Law Career Playbook provides a pragmatic and doable approach to networking and branding. Rachel’s real world anecdotes, tools and strategies will greatly benefit law students and young lawyers looking to get ahead in creating a fulfilling career.”
- Shahrzad (Shar) Poormosleh, Esq (Associate Dean for Career Services, Southwestern Law School)