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Some lawyers begin their careers with a path in mind. But, for many, it is not uncommon to start in one practice area and end in another. The list of practice areas is practically endless. In the pages that follow, Student Lawyer profiles lawyers working in five of those practice areas: intellectual property, energy law, health care, environmental law, and bankruptcy. In each, learn why the lawyers chose their practice area, what special skills might be needed, and what advice they have for law students.
“There just isn’t a wow factor.” This wasn’t quite the reaction the student was going for when she submitted her résumé for a job. The student’s grades were impressive—top 15th percentile—so she was befuddled when she didn’t even get an interview. In following up with the employer, the student learned it was her lack of involvement in law school activities and limited practical experiences that deflated her status as a candidate.
“A lawyer,” wrote the great advocate Frederick Bernays Wiener, “is a professional in whom bad English should not be tolerated.” And where, you might wonder, are you least likely to encounter bad English? Perhaps in law reviews—which are so heavily edited by battalions of our best law students serving as red-pencil-wielding editors and fact-checkers.
Pavlov’s dogs are famous for salivating at the sound of a bell. As you might remember, the reason wasn’t that the bell looked particularly appetizing, but that the dogs became accustomed to being fed when the bell rang. Eventually, the sound of the bell, even without the food, triggered a conditioned response on the part of the dogs, and voila, saliva.
Football prepares players for life. Jared Guberman, a 2L at Nova Southeastern University—Shepard Broad Law Center, played football as a kicker during his undergraduate years at the University of West Georgia after transferring from Valdosta State University.
Work/life balance is an issue facing all lawyers during the span of their careers.
Patent examiners, therapy dogs, and who's citing you?
As a kid, Jennifer Ross played with her dad’s old Leica camera, spurring a passion for photography. But, she recalls, “academic pursuits interfered with my artistic interests.” After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1986, Ross joined a large San Francisco law firm handling environmental cases, including toxic torts and Superfund cases.
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