Wednesday we are having our Life as an Attorney Panel where attorneys from multiple legal disciplines will be coming to discuss what their day-to-day is like in their specific practice area. If you are thinking about law school and want to know more about what being an attorney is really like this is a great event to attend! Keep in mind that the day-to-day varies based on different career paths that you can take with a JD.
- Law Firm. There are small and big firms. As a first year associate you will be doing a lot of research, working on discovery, and doc review. In a smaller firm this might be more specialized work whereas a larger firm will deal with many different areas of the law. Either way, you are going to have the billable hour – which is the hours of work you do that can be billed to the client and most firms have a minimum number of hours you are expected to reach each year. We will have associates from both big and small firms at our event to discuss their experiences.
- Judicial Clerkships. Many people apply to work as a clerk for a judge in Federal or State court. Working for a judge is a valuable skill set because it allows you to see how a courtroom functions and how judges make decisions. This work will include a lot of research and writing. One difference to keep in mind as a clerk is you are taking an objective approach to the work you are doing, whereas when you at a firm, you are advocating on behalf of your client.
- Public Interest and Government Work. Of course there are also many legal careers in public interest and the government (Department of Justice, Legal Aid, Public Defender’s Office, etc.). Many types of government work will allow you to get more hands-on legal experience earlier in your careers. For example, attorneys working in the District Attorneys office often get to try cases their first year out of law school. We will have an attorney working for the DOJ at our event that can answer your questions about life as a prosecutor and government lawyer!
See you all at our event tomorrow night in Leavey Library at 6 o’clock!
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