Judicial Services, Law Firms most popular career goal: Findings of the Law Student Survey

Photo by Greg Rakozy on Unsplash The second Law Student Survey has seen some extremely interesting responses, with participation from more than 500 students (516 in total) spread over more than forty law schools all across the country.

Now, with a study set as diverse as this, it is difficult to draw any accurate conclusions; nonetheless there are some interesting findings along the way.

But before that, a short recap: students were asked to fill up a survey that sought details on their year of study, university, and provided them with eight options in terms of career goals.

These nine options were: Corporate Law Firm

Civil Services (excluding the judiciary)

Judicial Services

In-house Legal Team

I don’t know yet

Litigation Practice Legal Academia Public Policy None of the Above The big picture The perceived dominance of the corporate law firm when it comes to career aspirations is only somewhat supported through the survey findings.Close to 22% of all respondents wanted to end up at a corporate law firm after completing their law. However, this is not the complete picture. The very same number were inclined to enter the judicial services.Litigation practice was next in line with the "I don’t know yet" coming in at number four. Three-year versus Five-year While the sample size and sheer diversity of the group means that it is hard to define sub-groups, what we have done here is to broadly compare the career goals of students enrolled in the traditional three-year LL.B. course with those enrolled in the "integrated" five-year undergraduate law course.What is interesting to note here is that the number of five-year law students seeking a career in a corporate law firm is nearly a third less than those enrolled in the three-year course. Also, the number of five-year students who want to enter the judicial services is nearly double that of three-year students. The Five year Course: A deeper look Although (rather conveniently) panned for catering largely to the needs of corporate law firms, the five-year integrated course is one of the most interesting […]

10 Things You Need to Know if you Plan a Career in Law

Law aspirants are often confused about the place to start when deciding to make a career in Law. Learn right here tricks to make a profession in regulation by a Company Lawyer itself.

As a young person, one is all the time confused with regards to making career decisions. Does the stream one determine to absorb class 12 th shapes their future? Does it? Properly, I strongly disagree. When you have been below stress from your loved ones or needed to hitch the same highschool as your friend’s, you must have made some errors.

However, it’s never too late to get again to the place you need to be or what your true calling is. I know individuals who have taken up engineering on the commencement degree and, went on to turn out to be actors, and medical doctors who decided to surrender their observe, lawyers who did MBA and deviated from the regulation; the checklist is countless. The human thoughts are curious, unstable and desire to do everything potential in life.

Law is one occupation the place you’ll discover people from the science background, Commerce background, Physics and Chemistry fans and other people aged 65 years who determine to check regulation and practise in courts. Legislation doesn’t look into what you probably did in highschool however what you plan to do after you examine Legislation. All the scholars and males/ladies of all ages who need to observe regulation however don’t know the place to start with, you’re on the proper place. Bollywood Films Can’t be your Inspiration to Study Law

We love watching Bollywood movies and the gorgeous dialogues the on-screen advocates yell at Judges. However, the fact is nowhere0 near it. You’ll be charged for Contempt of Courtroom for those who do that in actual courts. Have robust reasoning for why you need to examine regulation, if not then don’t waste the seat of an extra deserving candidate. The truth that you couldn’t get into IIT must also not be why you’re doing law. This occupation calls for individuals who can carry a change by their work, not individuals […]

GRAD GUIDE: The L word: The ins and outs of deciding to be a lawyer

Courtesy of Tribune News Service It’s a safe bet that a good number of people reading this article have, at some point, been asked by their parents to think about law school. To some, that’s the best suggestion they have ever heard, and to others the very notion fills them with dread. Some may even experience both at the same time. While law school has often been employed as a throwaway line for students who don’t want to admit that they are not sure of their future, committing to law school and making the firm decision to pursue a career in law is no small matter. Like many things worth doing in life, it is neither easy nor trivial. But accomplishing it is a feat to be proud of, and the sooner you start, the better. Though of course, everyone has a unique path. Some students have wanted to be lawyers since childhood, others may just now be thinking about it as graduation approaches. Both are equally legitimate, and despite their differences, they both have the same work to be done.

To some, the checklist of tasks needed to prepare for law school may seem like the Labors of Hercules, just one thing after another, but every aspect of the process is important in its own way. Ultimately the law school application process is about who you are as a person and what you can accomplish. In other words, it demands a full view of your abilities and personality.

Arguably the most important part of this process, and likely the first to garner your attention, is the Law School Admission Test, or LSAT, a standardized test required for admission into most schools certified by the American Bar Association, the regulatory authority for America’s law schools. The LSAT is not like most standardized tests. Rather than being based on knowledge, it is primarily concerned with the applicant’s problem solving and logical analysis skills.

“In my opinion, the most important things for law students to keep in mind are first, in order to pursue a legal career, they must first plan to take the […]

Research skills for LLB assessments

Advice written by Law Answered , who produce fantastic study and revision notes and case books for the LLB. Their LLB notes also include step-by-step plans for answering problem questions and essay questions so that you can smash your LLB exams.

With law schools and universities having closed their doors due to the escalating COVID-19 situation, many are now proposing to assess their students by way of “take home” examinations, such as research topics which students will submit their answers to 24 hours after being handed their assessment.

To excel in these kind of take home assessments you’ll need to hone a different set of skills to those that you might have been working on for the rest of the year. Research skills will be particularly important, so we thought we’d share a few quick tips.

Where to begin?

Remember that there are two types of authorities: primary and secondary. Primary sources, such as statute and case law, will be the most authoritative, but it may help you to focus your research and to understand how the law applies in practice by beginning with secondary sources and commentary on the law.

Reading practice notes on Practical Law can really help you to get a good introduction to a topic, so that you can begin to narrow down your research. Once you have an overview of a topic, you can start to read more detailed commentary which might be relevant, such as academic views in journals, commentary in Halsbury’s Laws of England and summaries of cases on Westlaw.

How do I make sure I’m looking at the most up to date law?

You must ensure that the resources you are using are up to date. Most online resources will show you the current law, but beware – some won’t!

Legislation on legislation.gov.uk is not always the latest version in force. It’s better to use Westlaw for legislation. When using Westlaw, make sure that you have selected the option that shows the current legislation in force. It is also possible to look back at the legislation in force at a particular time, so make […]

Becoming a lawyer allows Josie Wall to finish the story

From the time Josie Wall (J.D. ’21) was in high school, she knew her passion was storytelling. Majoring in journalism during undergrad at the University of Georgia, her plan was always to make a career out of it, but her idea of what it meant to be a storyteller shifted when she took a course on public communications law. After that, she decided she wanted to use her journalistic background to become a lawyer.

When choosing a law school, Georgia State College of Law was an easy choice for Wall. Being from the Atlanta area originally, it felt familiar to her, yet it also gave her access to a thriving legal community, firms and courts. Here, she discusses how her career path has shifted and how she is making the most of her time at Georgia State Law.

How did you shift from wanting to be a journalist to a lawyer?

As a journalism student, I was highlighting people and providing them exposure, but then I would sign my name at the end, post it and I would never touch it again. I didn’t want to leave that story unfinished and I wanted to make more of an impact on people’s lives. People turn to lawyers during crucial times in their lives and lean on their attorney to fight for them. That’s when I really started thinking about law school because I realized that was how I could finish the story.

What type of law are you interested in?

With my journalism background, I came into law school thinking I was going to argue First Amendment cases in front of the Supreme Court one day. But so far, I have done a lot of transactional work. Last year, I participated in the Mediation Clinic which was a great because mediation is such an important part of the legal process. Now I am working at KPPB Law in their corporations and estate planning divisions.

By getting a law degree, there are so many opportunities to pivot along our entire careers. There are areas that interest me more than others, but ultimately, I […]

University of Calgary law school launches program to aid Albertans facing serious debt or bankruptcy

Consumer debt negotiation project aims to enlist retired lawyers, judges, provide articling position An ambitious project at the University of Calgary Law School aims to solve at least two serious issues brought on by the economic fallout of COVID-19 — law school graduates who don’t yet have an articling position, and Albertans who have become swamped by debt thanks the pandemic hitting an already weak economy.

The consumer debt negotiation project at the Public Interest Law Clinic is part of a teaching program at the University of Calgary. Those Albertans with debt who are accepted into the project will receive legal advice from trained lawyers, but there will also be law students to help.

The program goes live for consumers with debt who want to sign up on Oct. 16, and the aim is to start actively working on cases by mid-November.

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit Albertans hard, says Christine Laing, executive director of the Public Interest Law Clinic. She adds that layoffs, job losses and business closures have all triggered financial chaos in the province. Christine Laing

“I think the pain in Alberta is just so great,” she says. “Falling into debt because of a drop in the economy blindsides people. They think they have things sorted out, and then ‘Boom,’ it all falls apart.”

Law students have also been impacted, with Laing saying it is estimated that more than 50 law students across Alberta looking for articling positions have been unable to secure a spot.

Through the consumer debt negotiation project, students will be working alongside volunteer lawyers to complete composite articles, while at the same time providing access to justice for many Albertans facing financial hardship.

Crowdfunding campaign launched

Laing says the idea of an unpaid articling position was quickly discarded “on the ethical grounds that these students should be paid,” says Laing. Instead, the clinic is using crowdfunding to raise money towards the articling student’s salary.While the goal was initially to raise $100,000 towards four articling positions with the debt negotiation project, Laing says a decision was made to slow things down a bit to demonstrate “proof of […]

5 top law firms like White & Case and Mayer Brown run through their summer associate recruitment plans, from using ‘3D resumes’ to interviewing students from lower-ranked schools

Law firms are adjusting to the new virtual norm by getting creative with how they reach out to prospective candidates. Fizkes / Getty Images This story is available exclusively to Business Insider subscribers. Become an Insider and start reading now.

With many law schools’ on-campus recruiting programs moved back and online, law firms are considering how to adapt their hiring processes.

The general consensus among the 5 law firms that Business Insider spoke with is that they’re proceeding as normal when it comes to the number of OCIs and summer associates they’re looking to hire.

The biggest change is translating their in-person events to a virtual platform.

The hiring directors at each firm also point to resources that will help prospective candidates put their best foot forward — even if it’s through a video screen.

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Now that most law schools have delayed their on-campus recruiting programs — and moving them virtually — due to the pandemic, law firms are having to follow suit, adjusting their hiring timelines accordingly.

On campus interviews (OCIs), typically held before law students’ second years, have been pushed back to after the fall semester , as previously reported by Business Insider, with January 2021 shaping up to be the peak time for virtual interviews.

With the extra half-year’s time, law firms are getting creative with how they reach out to prospective candidates, from TikTok challenges to Zoom meet-and-greets with attorneys, to help them best prepare for the high-stakes job interviews. Read more: Here’s how Columbia, NYU, and 4 other law schools are reworking high-stakes job interviews for students this year Five prominent law firms spoke with Business Insider about how they’ve shifted their hiring process to adjust to the pandemic, the kinds of events they’ll be participating in leading up to OCIs, and what resources are available to students."We try to take the mystery out of the interview process for students," Ellen Fleishhacker, co-chair of Arnold & Porter’s hiring committee, explained. "They’re only doing this once, while we do it every year." White & […]

Segal Speaker Series benefits accounting students

The Segal Accounting Distinguished Speaker Series returned on Sept. 23 and featured Jeff Goldberg, ‘92, associate chief counsel at Amazon.

The Distinguished Speaker Series is part of an accounting course in which students are educated about issues pertaining to the accounting profession from successful alumni.

The course is offered through Zoom this semester due to COVID-19 in the form of webinars and Q&A sessions with the featured speakers.

Goldberg, a former Lehigh accounting major, faced tremendous challenges along the way to his current position, which he hoped to relay to Lehigh students.

Goldberg almost failed out of Lehigh because of his low GPA, which would later discourage him to apply to law school directly from Lehigh. He was facing financial difficulties, and since his Lehigh GPA wasn’t strong enough to earn him substantial law school scholarship funds, he worked hard and saved money for law school after college. He also had to cope with the passing of his mother.

Bryan Cloyd, chair of the accounting department, said he curated the speaker series program to have a broad cross section of individuals that show the range of careers open to accounting students.

All of the guest speakers that are typically involved were accounting undergraduates that are either now certified public accountants or ended up as CEOs or CFOs of companies.

“In Jeff’s case, as a person who worked with the Department of Justice after getting a law degree, he is now involved in the internal legal operations of Amazon,” Cloyd said.

Cloyd said the mission of the speaker series is to inspire accounting students to explore atypical careers post-graduation.“That’s what we try to portray to the students,” he said. “They can really understand that you don’t get that out of the intro to accounting textbook.”Although COVID-19 has posed inconveniences, the pandemic is not stopping Lehigh students from gaining valuable insight from prominent professionals in their field of interest.Accounting majors Maxine Manville, ‘21, and Mikayla Zion, ‘21, are both enrolled in the course and participated in this past speaker series with Goldberg.Manville said she was especially excited about this event because Goldberg is a Lehigh graduate, and she hopes […]

UAS partners with Willamette University to provide law career pathway

Juneau, Alaska (KINY) – The University of Alaska Southeast has forged a partnership with Willamette College of Law to provide an opportunity for UAS students to pursue a career in law.

The 4+3 Direct Admission Program allows undergraduate students studying at UAS, and UAS alumni, to gain admission to Willamette Law based on certain academic credentials.

When a student meets these credentials, they will be admitted to the Willamette School of Law and be guaranteed a Direct Admission scholarship of $10,000, renewable each year the student is enrolled at Willamette Law and remains in good standing.

Dr. Maren Haavig remarked, “This partnership creates an incredible opportunity for our UAS students and alumni to articulate into the Willamette School of Law. By working with both schools’ advisors, our students interested in a career in law will have a clear pathway to achieving their goal.”

Haavig is the interim vice provost at UAS.

The partnership idea came from Bruce Botelho, former Juneau mayor and community advisor to UAS. Botelho notes, “Willamette University College of Law has trained generations of Alaskan attorneys who have served their state with distinction. Cementing this long-term relationship between WUCL and Alaska through the direct admission program at UAS will ensure the continuing development of legal professionals with deep ties to our region.”

Students with a serious interest in law are encouraged to complete a four-year degree at UAS and pursue the direct admissions program with Willamette Law.

A one-hour informational event on the admissions process is being offered for interested students and alumni, led by Leah Straley, pre-law advisor and assistant dean of recruitment at Willamette Law.

Based in Salem, Oregon Straley offers guidance to any student interested in pursuing a legal education, assisting with exploration of legal careers and law schools, developing skills for law school, and helping students understand the standardized entrance exams, the LSAT and the GRE.“This is an exciting opportunity for our Social Science students. Many of them develop a strong interest in policy and law while attending UAS. This unique partnership with Willamette University of Law provides a valuable pathway for expanding their career options,” according to Dr. Lora […]

College alumnus guides pre-law students

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The College’s Pre-Law Society organized a Q&A session between students interested in pursuing law and alumnus Aaron Conyer via Zoom on Sept. 9.

Conyer graduated from the College in 2019 with Phi Beta Kappa distinction and is currently attending the Howard University School of Law as a first-year student. College Pre-Law Society hosts alumnus Aaron Conyer on Zoom (Instagram). Dylan Chidick, a member of the Pre-Law Society and organizer of the event, kicked off the conversation by asking how Conyer tackled compulsory components of the law school applications, such as the LSAT.

“As a general rule of thumb most students take the LSAT in the fall of their junior (year), so they have time to retake the test as needed, but I believe that your case is unique,” Chidick said.

Chidick was right. Conyer began studying for the LSAT in the fall of his senior year, which is later than most students.

“(This) put me in the position of either getting the score I wanted to get or be forced to take that dreaded gap year,” Conyer said.

Although this was the case, he said that the timing of when a person takes the LSAT is not as important as preparing for the test at one’s own pace.

“Study well and with dedication and you could be done with the test on your first try,” Conyer said. “But even then, at the end of the day, don’t let it define your entire law school package, regardless of your score. I actually took the test twice, the second time in my gap year, and I did better than my initial attempt.”

If a student must take a gap year for the exam, just as Conyer did, he assured the attendees that there is no shame in doing so, and that the majority of first-year students at his law school are older than what he expected.“A lot of the people you see in law school are at least two to three years removed from college on average, and if you do go to law school right out of college, you’re one of the younger students […]

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