What Do Lawyers Do?
Sample Questions for Panelists
- Please describe your current job in detail. Include the following in your response: (a) your general practice area (e.g. labor & employment law), (b) your specific practice focus (e.g. worker’s compensation), and (c) a description of what your day-to-day tasks entail.
- When did you decide you wanted to be a lawyer, and why?
- What do you like most about being a lawyer? What do you like least about being a lawyer?
- Please describe some of the different types of practice settings in which a lawyer can work (e.g. private corporation, private law firm, government, nonprofit, and academia).
- What is the difference between a transactional attorney and a litigator?
- What are bar associations? Why are they important?
- What is a clerkship? How can clerkships assist students on their journey to become a lawyer?
- How do law school classes differ from traditional undergraduate classes? (Please give them a heads up about the Socratic method!)
- What is one course that you did not take in undergrad that you would recommend a current undergraduate student who wants to attend law school take? Why?
- What are legal clinics? Why are they important in legal education?
- Please list a skill that you think is important for students seeking to become lawyers, and provide an example of how lawyers utilize that skill.
- What are some examples of other careers individuals with law degrees can pursue?
- What was the most challenging thing about your law school experience? What advice would you give to a current or future law student about how to overcome this challenge?
- What are the education and licensing requirements to be a lawyer (i.e. undergrad degree, law school graduation, bar exam passage, and CLE requirements)?
- What is the LSAT? Why is it important?
- If you could give an aspiring law student one tip on preparing for the LSAT, what would it be?