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What happens when a legal career path isn’t right choice for you?

January 01, 2022

If you choose not to pursue a career in justice, remember that the law isn’t bad—and you’re not bad—it’s just that the fit is wrong. Figure out where you do fit, and then use the amazing skills you gained on the way to becoming a JD to pursue most any path you like.

Choosing a Legal Field

How to select your legal specialty

December 17, 2021

As a law student, you may already know precisely which field of law you’d like to practice. However, if you’re interested in studying law but don’t yet know which legal specialty you’d like to pursue, you’re not alone. Is it better to practice a

The New World of Careers

Student Lawyer: A whole new world for legal careers

December 06, 2021

Today, there’s a greater opportunity than at any point in the last 100 years to reinvent the idea of work—namely, where, when, and how people choose to make a living. The legal profession is no exception. So be prepared to tailor your job applications to new standards, set

Solo Firm

Job search stalled? Consider hiring yourself

December 01, 2021

Your plan has always been to go to law school, study and work hard, get great grades, and land a solid legal job—the natural result of the careful execution of a good plan. But too many law students are learning the painful lesson of what

Find your niche in a nontraditional legal career

December 01, 2021

One benefit of a law degree is its versatility. But because of that, if you don’t have your heart set on an area of practice, you get overwhelmed by the array of options before you. How do you find your niche? Here’s how to begin

How to Become a Personal Injury Lawyer

How to become a personal injury lawyer

July 15, 2021

As a personal injury lawyer, you’ll focus your law practice on cases related to physical and psychological injury. Typically, this involves car accidents with drunk or otherwise negligent drivers. You’ll work to protect client’s rights and ensure they receive a fair settlement from insurance companies to compensate

Seeking civility during your job search

November 01, 2020

You open the glass doors and enter the law firm for your interview. A quick glance around and you notice the office-facing walls act more as windows. Staff smile as they walk around, giving you bright grins and promising looks. You think you’ve hit the utopia of law

Construction Law

5 questions to ask before becoming a construction lawyer

October 13, 2020

While construction law is generally a lesser-known practice of law amongst law students, it is by no means small. In fact, construction is a multi-billion dollar industry, making up the largest segment of the production sector the US’s GDP, and the

COVID Employment

COVID-19 and the path to the profession: Is a legal career still the right choice?

October 12, 2020

Both law schools and the legal profession are facing a number of changes as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. This, coupled with the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color, persons with disabilities, and low-income communities, has left some diverse law students and those contemplating law

The life cycle of a student lawyer

April 01, 2020

Back in my undergraduate days, I learned about product life cycles. As a communications major, we studied how consumer products moved in a fairly predictable path from introduction to growth to maturity and, ultimately, to decline. Each phase was accompanied by certain pros and cons,

Social Media

Running with it: Combining your passion with relationship development

February 08, 2020

As I was scrolling through Instagram recently, I came across a post from a lawyer I know (shoutout to Craig Levey) who announced that he’ll be running the Boston Marathon in 20 weeks. What’s more, he’s using those 20 weeks as an opportunity to spend a training

Get Organized

5 basic things 3Ls should be considering and doing to get a job

January 14, 2020

It is n­­ever too early to start your job search. As soon as you finish your last 2L class, you should be thinking about finding a job. Assuming you took the time in your first and second years of law school to polish your resume, writing sample(s), and

Tradition

To be, or not to be? Tradition isn't the only answer

January 01, 2020

Tradition, especially in the law, means a lot. Traditions connect us to people and ideas that came before. They can add meaning to the things we say and do. But tradition can also hold us back from addressing choices that need rethinking. It’s OK to start fresh every

Jason Dunn

Colorado U.S. Attorney Jason Dunn talks about his career (podcast)

November 18, 2019

Learning from seasoned lawyers truly helps law students gain perspective on where they want to take their legal career in the future. In this edition of the Law Student Podcast, New ABA Law Student Division Chair Johnnie Nguyen talks with Colorado’s U.S. Attorney Jason Dunn about his career experiences and how he came

PSJD site

PSJD: Your go-to job resource

November 01, 2019

If your goal is to work in the public sector, your first stop in your job hunt should be this directory.