What Do Lawyers Do?

Sample Questions for Panelists

  1. 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.
  2. When did you decide you wanted to be a lawyer, and why?
  3. What do you like most about being a lawyer? What do you like least about being a lawyer?
  4. 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).
  5. What is the difference between a transactional attorney and a litigator?
  6. What are bar associations? Why are they important?
  7. What is a clerkship? How can clerkships assist students on their journey to become a lawyer?
  8. How do law school classes differ from traditional undergraduate classes? (Please give them a heads up about the Socratic method!)
  9. 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?
  10. What are legal clinics? Why are they important in legal education?
  11. 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.
  12. What are some examples of other careers individuals with law degrees can pursue?
  13. 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?
  14. What are the education and licensing requirements to be a lawyer (i.e. undergrad degree, law school graduation, bar exam passage, and CLE requirements)?
  15. What is the LSAT? Why is it important?
  16. If you could give an aspiring law student one tip on preparing for the LSAT, what would it be?