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My 3rd and final year of law school begins in just over a week, and I can honestly say that I am so unsure as to how this year is going to go. During my senior year of college, while everyone else was freaking out, I had an answer for “what’s next.” Now, I have absolutely no idea how I want to use my pending law degree, and people keep wondering.
I came to law school with the intention of being a criminal prosecutor, as inspired by my 7th grade fascination with Law & Order: SVU. –Way more realistic for me to be an Alex Cabot than an Olivia Benson– Then, during my first and second years of law school, I really enjoyed my property and real estate courses, something that no one can relate to. Then, I got a law clerk job at a small law firm last spring semester and am currently a law clerk intern for a successful company’s legal department. This fall, I’m a part of my school’s Criminal Clinic, dealing with real cases. Safe to say I have absolutely no direction and have narrowed down my options not at all. I really just want to be paid without being miserable while still having a life.
You’d think that more of my peers would understand where I am coming from, but I think I’m on this sad, pathetic island all by myself. Most of my friends know what they area of law they want to practice, and they know what firms they would like to practice in.
I, however, was more proud of my two articles being published on this website this year than getting my two jobs. While some classmates are already applying for post-grad jobs, I am writing this.
This doesn’t mean that’s I’m sleeping on all things law school. I took a summer course to improve my legal writing abilities, my Google history is filled with “how to use my JD” searches, I’ve been researching the bar exam and bar exam prep costs (~4000 fucking dollars), and I am well aware that I need a direction for after law school because living is expensive. My future is taunting me, and I’m not about it.
In a perfect world, Mindy Kaling, Marta Kauffman, and a team of talented writers would be in a conference room right now scripting season 25 of my life. There would be a guarantee that, after a few twists and turns, things sort of work out. But life isn’t scripted, so I really need to get my shit together and figure out what I want to do and where I want to do it.
If things are going well for you, I hope this piece reassured you and made you pat yourself on the back. If you’re feeling stuck and unsure, know you’re not alone.
And if you know of any legal opportunities that I might be interested in, please comment below. I have a resume that I would love to send your way..
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