Surviving the Transition from Public Service to Private Practice

Stephanie Meighan
I needed to stop telling myself that I was not smart enough for this new endeavor.

I needed to stop telling myself that I was not smart enough for this new endeavor.

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I am a first-generation college and law-school graduate. In law school, I was in the minority and constantly surrounded by people who had it all figured out—or that’s what they led me to believe. Meanwhile, I was searching for mentors to guide me on the right path. The possibilities after law school were overwhelming. A professor told us that litigation jobs would always be there and to take time to experience other possibilities through fellowships and clerkships, so that’s what I did. 

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