Good news for sidelined lawyers. Immediately stop regretting so much time, money, and hope invested in a career in the legal sector. You are just in time for the Era of the Politico. Politics as a job, topic to cover in journalism, subject to analyze, and activity to be hired into as a consultant has replaced most of business as the central theme of the age. Law? It's been a while since that captured a lot of attention.
Do some comparison shopping. This article in the WASHINGTON POST on the next stage of the campaign for Barack Obama and Mitt Romney has received so far 2516 comments. Now check out the number of comments on leading law media properties. Where is there the excitement, readers eager to become apart of, the potential advertising/subscription revenues?
You might declare a hiatus on your search for a job or assignment in the legal sector. Instead you can volunteer working for a candidate in the U.S. Senate or U.S. House race where you are based. Take out books on power from the library. Sign up for a course, it could be online, about some aspect of political campaigning. Pitch a story to local media on covering a rally or a central issue in the campaign. Tweet the politicos tomorrow on the Sunday news shows. Here in Connecticut Dennis House covers the state of the state on Sundays. Put together a blog and interview candidates. Read on the web everything about public relations, marketing communications, advertising, special events, partnerships, and social media.
Sooner than later you will be making a buck or two, then a very good living.
UPDATE: In August, according to the Labor Department, the legal sector lost 1400 jobs. That essentially washes out the 1500 jobs which had been created in July. Overall for 2012, job creation has been flat, with a 1400 net increase during this year over last year. For more, check out AM LAW DAILY.