Preparing for a Legal Career Eileen Doyle Crane, J.D. University Prelaw Advisor Utah Valley University Stages of Career Progression Prelaw Law Students Law School Alumni Law Practice Legal Work Outside of Law Licensure Officer of the Court Community Leader Prelaw Issues Quality of education Building skills Reading Writing Logic Major Oral Professional behavior Prelaw Issues Curriculum Faculty Mentor Advising 20-page paper per semester Reading outside of textbooks Prelaw advisor 100 x JD: Connected Lawyers are Happy Lawyers Law School Preparation Test prep Application procedures Applications Personal Statement Resume Addendum Letters of Recommendation Financial Aid Application Law School Coursework Study requirements Law Review Moot Court Competition Student Bar Association Career Services Alumni Association Law Students 1L Constitutional, torts, criminal, property, contracts, and civil procedure Legal writing and advocacy course 2L curriculum set by school/ABA & 3L curriculum 21-25 topics on state bars Specialties in law Clinical and theoretical courses Choices informed by goals, summer work, job prospects Law Students Faculty mentor 100 x JD outreach Student Bar Association School-based National organization Career Services Office Mock interview and resume service Courses OCI: On-Campus Interviews Job prospects built on the back of alumni Alumni Association Law School Alumni Donate time and money to school Create connections for current law students with future potential employers Serve on Alumni Association board Serve as Board of Visitor’s members Create initiatives for law school Advise current administration of law school Become practicing attorneys, business and political leaders, and law faculty Teach as adjunct faculty Law Practice State bar license Placement data: http://www.nalp.org/uploads/NationalSummaryChart forSchools2010.pdf Data on Class of 2010 Reported 34,092/44,258 Private/Public Sector Academic Business Judicial Clerkships Unknown Private Practice Government Public Interest 77% 66%/32.5% 3.7% 15.0% 9.3% 1.5% 50.9% 12.8% 6.7% Law Practice Size of Firm Reports Reported 18,329 2-10 11-25 26-50 51-100 101-250 251-500 501+ Unknown Solo 39.1% 8.9% 5.3% 4.2% 5.6% 6.0% 20.5% 4.9% 5.7% Law Practice Salaries, 2010 Bi-Modal Curve: http://www.nalp.org/salarycurve_classof2010 Catalyst –Organization that studies women in the professions, leadership, mentoring, and salaries and satisfaction Sponsorship is Important for Women Beyond that, sponsorship is particularly important for women. As Catalyst research on women and men in the pipeline has shown, women start out behind and often remain behind men, even with mentoring. However, when women’s mentors are highly placed, women are just as likely as men to get promoted. That’s where power and sponsorship come into play. A highly placed, influential mentor, more precisely called a sponsor, goes far beyond giving general career feedback and advice; a sponsor can propel a protégé to the top of a list or pile of candidates or even eliminate the list itself. As one high performer we interviewed put it: 7 8 If [you’re with] the right people, they can give you that different look. They will listen to you more. It’s... like the sun goes up a few wattage points. — Woman Protégée Legal Work Outside of Law Community Service Politics Writing Building a resume when not involved in paid settings Licensure State-based Reciprocity Utah Bar: www.utahbar.org MPRE—test of ethics understanding for lawyers State determines passing score Offered three times per year March August November Bar exam offered twice per year February July Officer of the Court Duty to uphold the system Representative at ALL times Never not an attorney Requires honesty and law-abiding behavior Grievance Committee Not answering phone calls in a timely manner Dealing with client funds Community Leader Opportunities to serve in many capacities Ability to listen, organize action and non-action items, ability to theorize as well as generate practicable solutions to difficult and detailed problems Opportunity to network and build practice Ethical issues abound and must be taken seriously J. Reuben Clark Law Society www.jrcls.org We affirm the strength brought to the law by a lawyer's personal religious conviction. We strive through public service and professional excellence to promote fairness and virtue founded upon the rule of the law. Student Chapters at over 100 law schools in US and abroad Duty to pro bono work Most states require/recommend 50 hours per year Pro bono work NOT the work you expected to get paid for that you charge off Work for those for whom the system can not/will not serve UNLESS YOU do the work!