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Law Career Advice Roundup: Law School Questions & Answers

The end of the summer is a busy time for future lawyers. The bar exam wrapped up last week (congrats, test takers, and don’t worry). OCI is starting on campuses around the country (check out our interviewing tips). Finally pre-law and law students are headed back to school after a summer hopefully filled with some good work experiences.

Before your schedule gets too busy, it might be a good time to step back and reflect for a minute. Whether you’re a prospective law student or a practicing lawyer, a Connecticut Law Tribune editorial points out, it’s good to reflect on your career path. The editorial has some specific prompts.

A recent tweet from JDCOT founder Marc Luber and Harvey Mackay might make you think, too:

These 10 questions on picking a career seem to be designed for those looking to enter law. I like the spirit of #10: Are you willing to fight for it?

No. 9 on the list of 10 is also interesting. It asks if you have an “escape plan.” Marc spoke about alternative careers for lawyers on a panel yesterday at the ABA Annual Conference. While few people go to law school planning on not practicing law, it’s good to know that you do have other options. Casey Berman of Leave Law Behind recently wrote why it’s great to have a law degree.

If you’re hoping to land a law firm job during OCI, it’s especially important that you reflect about what you’re looking for in law firm life. In this week’s professional development video, David Hobbie compares BigLaw and small. Watch it before jumping into interviews.

You might also want to look at recent rankings of law firms, such as Vault’s ranking for associates or this ranking for women. Which of the characteristics used to judge firms are most important to you?

On a much more practical level, Girls Guide to Law School has a few items to add to your law school “To Do” list (thanks to Philip Guzman at NCCU Law for pulling this out from the archives and sharing it on Twitter).

These “6 things I wish they had taught me in law school” aren’t exactly law specific. They’re more like really good life lessons. It’s worth a read.

Another thing that you don’t necessarily learn in class: How to use technology for the practice of law. Sam Glover at Lawyerist complains that lawyers are luddites. Check out Robert Ambrogi’s Lawsites blog for an analysis of the Legal Technology Survey Report. You’ll get an idea of what technologies lawyers are using so that you don’t become a luddite too.

A final reminder: Today’s the last day to nominate JD Careers Out There for the ABA Blawg 100. We appreciate your support!

JD Careers Out There web producer Megan SweasMegan Sweas is a web producer with JD Careers Out There. During a graduate journalism program at University of Southern California, she took a law class for fun. While many of her fellow journalists have made the transition to law, she’ll stick to writing about law careers.

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