Legal Departments May Want Recent Grads—But Do Recent Grads Want Them?

Corporate legal departments that have traditionally targeted more experienced attorneys for job offers may now be more willing to hire recent law school graduates. However, those circumstances may quickly reverse themselves as businesses continue to recover from the pandemic. reporter Frank Ready asked TRU founder and CEO Jared Coseglia for his input.


It isn’t just academics who are noticing a change in legal department hiring practices. Jared Coseglia, founder and CEO of TRU Staffing Services, also noted “a significant uptick” in service providers and corporations being willing to hire graduates straight out of school.

“But not necessarily for lawyers’ jobs. They like people to have their J.D.’s, but the work that needs to be done is often more tactical [or] operational than it is legal,” he said.


“It’s remarkable how many of my clients are coming to me saying, ‘If you show me with somebody with the right attitude and aptitude, we’ll groom and train them.’ And [at] the right price-point, of course,” Coseglia said.


Coseglia at TRU Staffing confirmed that law firms do typically pay new graduates more than legal departments offer. However, he also noted that there are some networking advantages for graduates who jump directly into an in-house data privacy-related role.

“It’s the one part in corporate legal where you really have to interact with all parts of the business. And that creates all sorts of opportunities for building relationships that are cross-functional, developing credibility, getting visibility. And things like that are hard to do in a law firm,” Coseglia said.


As for the in-house teams who are willing to hire lawyers out of school—that’s likely temporary. Coseglia at TRU Staffing believes that departments will eventually rebound from the pandemic economy and readjust their hiring preferences to once again target candidates with more years of experience.

“I think it’s inevitable,” he said.


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Attention privacy pros! TRU founder and CEO Jared Coseglia will moderate an all-star panel (Jutta Williams, Twitter; Zoe Philippides, Anthem Inc.; Dennis Sanchez, HP) titled "Healthcare Technology and the Increasingly Important Role of Privacy Professionals” at IAPP's PSR Conference on October 22 at 3:45pm PT.

Thrust once again into the limelight by COVID-19, the intersection of healthcare concerns, data privacy, consumer rights, and in many instances, human rights have meaningfully captured social consciousness and, in turn, captured corporate consciousness. “Alexa, remind me to take my heart medicine at 3pm.” Led by cutting-edge industry thought leaders, this panel will cover the conversation surrounding product creation that leverages healthcare and HIPAA-protected data, and its intersection with our everyday lives. From smart-home technology to the role of social media in the COVID-19 response, we will discuss proactive efforts to monetize and build trust with customers, inspired by product creators who have enticed the public with apps and goods that involve the collection and processing of data related specifically to healthcare. Join us for a deep dive into the risks and rewards of gathering, using, and wielding this data, and the precedent being set for future privacy laws.

Learn more about the conference, peruse the sessions, and register for IAPP PSR HERE!

Friday, 22 October 2021, 15:45

TRU founder and CEO Jared Coseglia will join a panel discussion hosted by IAPP's LA KnowledgeNet Chapter on October 13 at 5:00pm PT to talk privacy careers with professionals at all levels of their careers. Register HERE!

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TRU founder and CEO Jared Coseglia will rejoin Relativity's David Horrigan for a reprise/update of their rapid-fire Q&A session at Relativity Fest at 8:15am on Tuesday, October 5. This iteration will is called "ACEDS Presents Coseglia & Horrigan on the Data Discovery Job Market." Jared will also join David for the State of the E-Discovery Union session at noon on Monday, October 4. Register for the conference HERE!

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