Jillian Berndt, 3L at University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, probably won’t have much trouble adjusting to a busy schedule as an associate once she gets a job. Since her first year, she’s carried a full academic load while serving in officer positions in both her school’s student bar association and the State Bar of Michigan Law Student Section.
And her leadership activities only start there.
In 2011, Berndt began law school focusing on leadership experience and a professional goal of practicing immigration law on behalf of large organizations. Knowing that this practice area may be a “tough specialty to break into,” she sought opportunities where she could meet lawyers in her desired field. Early on, she got actively involved in the International Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. She has also held several officer positions within her law school’s student bar association. Her leadership experience may give her an edge in securing her desired position. Meaningful extracurricular activities may be critical for law students hoping to position themselves for careers in a still highly competitive job market.