March 2012

Passion, Commitment and a Desire to Serve: Is Public Interest Law For You?

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Passion, Commitment and a Desire to Serve: Is Public Interest Law For You?

“So, why’d you go to law school?” Oftentimes, the answer to this question is “to make a difference” or “to promote justice.” Every year, scores of people are led to law school by a desire to make a difference in the world and to give back to their communities. However, once in law school, these same individuals are often perplexed as to how to actually make a public interest career a reality. While the path to law firm careers seems to be paved and well marked, the road to public interest careers is a more complex terrain. Take, for example, on-campus interviews. For every one public interest employer, there are likely to be 10 or more big law firms recruiting, and the public interest employers who do come to campus are usually government agencies.

On a 400-acre dairy farm east of Pittsburgh is where Lindsey Harteis spent the first 18 years of her life.

Take the time to learn your craft and do good work.

Student access to Westlaw or Lexis, clinics, success tip.

Stephan Pastis has been drawing comic strips since he was a little kid. Without any formal training, he created cartoons for every school newspaper from elementary school through law school.

The year 2012 has arrived and it's time to take control over your future! Some of you have just completed your first semester of law school, while others are preparing for your final semester. No matter what type of law student you are, the ABA as the resources you need to succeed.


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