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Pre-Law Series: Watch and Learn

Posted on December 6, 2011 with No Comments

Courtroom Scene

The semester is almost over. Keep up the good work, you’re almost there! If you have also been working on applications to law school, then hopefully you are almost finished and ready for a well-deserved break.

As you look forward to some much needed free time, here are some resources for good movies and TV shows related to the law. Sit back and enjoy!

Top Ten Movies
ABA Journal: Top 25 Movies
Best Law Movies of All Time
Best Legal TV Shows
The Five Best Legal TV Shows of All Time

Of course, I don’t recommend relying only on TV and movies to learn about the law. Informational interviewing, or more simply, chatting with people about the work that they do in order to learn more, is a great way to get a first hand sense of the legal profession. Learn more about how to utilize networking and info interviewing in your career exploration. Here are some great questions to get you started on your networking conversations.

You can use these questions and tips whether you are setting up a formal informational interview through our alumni Career Connection, attending a Networking Event over winter break, or just casually chatting with your friend’s parents over dinner.

Good luck with finals!


Pre-Law Series: Beyond the Law School App

Posted on November 1, 2011 with No Comments

Areas of Law

So you want to go to law school?

That is just the beginning!  As the legal job market has gotten tighter, new lawyers need to find their niche sooner and be able to contribute to the bottom line of the firm. Take a moment to learn a little more about the various fields of law and think about what area might interest you:

Here is a great collection of blogs in a variety of specialty areas. Keep up to date with news and trends.

Or maybe you are hoping to use that law degree for some other purpose?

Check out these articles on utilizing that law degree for a different career path:

And here’s a New York Time’s article about people with law degrees, who change their mind about the law altogether: Maybe It’s Time for Plan C

You don’t need to have it all figured out before you go to Law School. However, you will be able to make better choices regarding law school and legal internships if you have a keener sense of your ultimate goals.


Pre-Law Series: Balancing the Scales

Posted on October 4, 2011 with No Comments

Legal Scales

“A law degree is good preparation for anything.”  Perhaps, but the rising cost of law school combined with a slow legal job market has had a big impact on the options of new JDs as they leave law school.

It’s now more important than ever that you understand the costs and benefits of attending law school.

Slow down for a minute to consider:

It may take a little time to do the above, but it’s well worth the investment of your time and energy.  Like the proverbial scales of justice, weigh your options carefully.

See the Career Services Considering Pre-Law page for more info and advice.


World of Work: Brenda J. Luciano, Esq. ’97, Associate at Paul Frank + Collins, P.C.

Posted on September 22, 2011 with No Comments

Brenda Luciano

Brenda J. Luciano, Esq. ’97
Paul Frank + Collins, P.C. –
Burlington, VT

Major: Business Administration

What type of law do you practice and how did you choose that?

My practice surrounds areas of business law, including business transactions, commercial real estate, and business litigation as well as some environmental litigation. I have a B.S. in Business Administration from UVM so my interests stemmed from my college studies and also from working as a business and e-commerce consultant prior to law school.

What surprised you about law school and/or the practice of law?
Just how diverse the practice of law really is. There are so many areas of practice and so much to always learn.

What changes have you seen in the legal job market? And what should students know about this?

In general the job market and economy are still a bit unstable right now. My advice to students is to be flexible and resourceful in terms of your goals. While in school, students should do things that distinguish themselves from others in the job market, whether it is volunteer work, internships, publishing articles or joining academic or other groups. Show employers that you have done things outside of the classroom especially in a leadership or cooperative role, which may set you apart from the other applicants.

What advice do you have for students considering a career in law?
First, study hard for the LSAT. Take an LSAT course and really try to do as well as you can on it. Also talk to a variety of lawyers already in practice about what they do. You may want to work or intern in a law office to get a feel for the day-to-day work. In addition, visit some law schools and talk to the admissions staff to find out more about what law school will be like. Try to sit in on a class. Talk to current law students or recent graduates about the demands of law school. You may also want to take a legal writing class prior to entering law school since writing is a huge part of your law school education.

Pre-Law Series: Legally Bound

Posted on September 6, 2011 with No Comments

Law Scales

I hope that you had a wonderful summer break! As you settle back into the autumn routine of classes and homework, some of you may be thinking about your next steps, and considering a career in law.  If you are thinking of starting law school next fall, you will hopefully already have begun the application process.  See our suggested timeline.   If you are an auditory learner, you may enjoy this podcast: Planning Your Law School Application Timeline.

It can be easy, as you get wrapped up in personal statements and LSAT scores, to be solely concerned with the question: “Will I get in to law school?” However, I encourage you to also be asking yourself, “Do I want to go to this law school?” and “Is law school the right choice for me?”

Several law schools are coming to campus this fall to discuss the admission process in general, as well as give info about their particular school. I encourage you to come, not only to ask questions about how to improve your application, but also to learn more about the different schools: their programs and culture.  Also, if you are able, a law school forum is a great way to meet with admissions reps from a number of schools.

Look here throughout the fall for info & tips on law school admissions and the field of law.

Mark your calendars:

  • Law School Admissions Panel: Monday, September 26th: Davis Center, Jost Foundation Room
  • Boston Law Forum: Saturday, September 17th in Boston

For more information on applying to law school, please visit the Career Services website.


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