There are few things that strike fear into the heart of law students like the word “networking.” The word sounds anxiety-inducing to many, and often conjures an image of an uncomfortable and awkward social event in student minds. Fortunately, there are many ways to network that students often do not think of. A formal event may not be the right way for every student to network, so be sure to consider some less obvious methods that may be a better fit for you. [Read more…] about Networking as a 1L – Start Early!
Woohoo! You survived another semester of law school! The last several weeks have been filled with all-day studying, preparing, and testing. Time to put away the worries and stressors of law school and focus on things that really matter, right? Well… sort of? While it is important to catch up on the R&R and see your friends and family, breaks in law school are also a really crucial time to plan for your legal future. In short, it is time to make some money moves! Breaks from law school are the perfect time to get ready for your next step in your legal career, including landing a legal position. It is important to gain experience and exposure to the legal field as law school (fortunately) does not last forever. However, getting a legal job can be tricky and how is a law student supposed to find time during the busy school year to do everything to prepare for a legal position? Never fear, I have some great tips for you to help maximize your break in order to score a sweet legal position.
Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! In today’s episode, we are welcoming back ex-BigLaw recruiter Sadie Jones to discuss how much responsibility you should take for your future career — starting as a law student — and what resources are available to help.
In this episode we discuss:
- Why you need to take ownership of your career goals as a law student
- Resources to help if you’re not sure yet what you want
- Looking outside of the standard channels for work opportunities
- How does your mindset factor into your job search?
- The importance of asking for help rather than trying to do everything yourself
- Evaluating each job for clues about what job is right for you long term
- Why BigLaw didn’t work for Alison’s personality
Thanks for listening!
About two months ago, I decided I wanted to write an article interviewing classmates of mine who had decided not to pursue law, and who instead went after careers where their juris doctor gave them a leg up. This was a completely selfish attempt at trying to figure out what I could do with my career because I live in Florida, have a New York bar license, and do not want to pursue getting a Florida license.
But, here’s the rub: no one wanted to talk. I pitched the idea to a few people, and no one wanted to discuss their decision to leave the law behind. It was the strangest thing I’ve ever encountered, and I wondered if maybe these individuals hadn’t passed their bar exams and had been forced into working in a different role and that’s why they didn’t want to speak about it. I find that thought even stranger – I guess because I’m so vocal about my failure (and yes I know, I probably would be less vocal if I failed the second time and decided to leave the law).
So, instead, I’ve outlined below the kinds of real jobs you can get with a juris doctor, and why I’m so interested in this path.
It is important to know what kind of law you want to practice. The areas of law are endless, there are numerous claims to be brought and an infinite source of clientele. And unfortunately, you only get three years in law school to figure out what you might be good at and will actually like to practice! You also have to meet certain requirements to graduate and there are classes law students take to help prepare you for the bar exam. So what is law student supposed to do?
Most law schools require you to take certain “basic” courses in your 1L year but allow you to choose your schedule in your 2L and 3L years. Thus, you can choose electives that interest you, find out what kind of law suits your fancy, and get your feet wet in specific types of law. One of these upperclassmen classes is domestic relations or family law. I took this course in my last semester of law school and learned a lot in the class. My course focused mainly on Michigan law, however we did discuss majority law as well. Here is a quick overview of this course so you have a general understanding of family law before you take it.
Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we are welcoming guest Carla Luna — currently a 2L at Harvard — to discuss adjusting to law school as a 1L, and the different activities and programs available to Harvard Law students.
In this episode we discuss:
- Carla’s background and path to law school
- The types of activities law students can get involved in at Harvard
- Do you have to join a formal study group?
- Job hunting during 1L year
- Harvard’s grading system
- What is more or less challenging about 2L year compared to 1L year
- The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity program
Thanks for listening!