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Increasingly, employers are looking for leadership experience in applicants. Leadership begins with passion. Leadership comes in many forms and experience can be gained in lots of ways. This article examines what employers are looking for and how to get it.
Many law students avail themselves of pro bono opportunities through their law school’s clinic or other internal structure set up to provide such experiences. But what if the demand for pro bono exceeds the supply—or the focus of a particular school’s effort doesn’t match a student’s career ambitions? Further, what happens when the students seeking clinical or pro bono experience exceeds the available opportunities? This article explores ways students can find opportunities for experience in other ways.
Don’t waste opportunities to build relationships with lawyers. Many law students interact with lawyers, often very closely, but fail to capitalize on the experience. This article gives tips for following up and building relationships with practitioners to further your career.
Reinventing the wheel is time consuming. When tackling a research project, the most efficient way to accomplish it is to use legal treatises. Treatises have in-depth research done by experts. They should be the first stop in research projects. This article examines the role of treatises in efficient, thorough research.
The character and fitness requirement protects the public from individuals whose past conduct shows they will not be scrupulous lawyers. It’s also intended to protect the legal profession’s reputation. And it is a frequent source of concern for bar exam applicants. This article explains the process and gives tips for navigating it smoothly.
Ashley Ray is a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and a passionate advocate for Native American communities. She has worked hard in law school to benefit Native Americans through work in a tribal prosecutor’s office and helping people protect their assets through estate planning. She plans to continue her work as a lawyer.
Rest assured that you will find your calling.
Tips to plan for the bar exam, discuss your personal life in job interviews, and get the skills that will make you practice ready.
Since getting sworn in as a lawyer, Cara Esposito has been advocating for juveniles. First she helped juveniles as a prosecuting attorney with the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office and then in the nonprofit sector. She now leads a nonprofit foundation that funds innovative education programs in southern California. Instead of helping one kid at a time, she now helps whole classrooms or schools.