The End of an Era (Not Really)

Yesterday was Ducks’ last day of work before starting back to school for his 2L year. It shouldn’t be a big epoch or anything because he’s still working at the same firm all throughout the school year.

What I’m wondering is – what should he do after that?

To those of you who have already done law school in a brilliant manner, what do you recommend? Staying with the same firm throughout school if they’ll have you? Going somewhere different to get experience in another area of law? Making more connections and just seeing what might happen?

Ducks is extremely sure of the area(s) of law he’s planning to focus on, which is probably common when you start law school at an advanced age like he did. 😉 So, should he stay at this firm, knowing they plan to give him a job when he graduates? Or should he see if the grass is greener elsewhere. We don’t know if we plan to stay in this city forever; we don’t know what a long-term job at this firm might pay. We don’t really know anything (which I feel is kind of a trend when it comes to most things associated with law school). He’s talked about just doing two jobs next summer to try to get experience in the other area of law that interests him. I just want him to do well, learn a lot and make connections that will mean a good job and good benefits after law school so we can plan on starting a family (and I can have more time to write my novel!).

Okay, so with all that information, what do you think? I appeal to your superior knowledge and experience. 🙂

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4 responses to “The End of an Era (Not Really)

  1. Ooooh good question! “Advanced Age” – ha!

    My gut answer is just to pray about it and do what feels right, but there’s also the whole “burning bridges” aspect, but people shouldn’t feel like they can’t or shouldn’t go somewhere else.

    The Hubby didn’t really work *during* law school. I think he worked for the DA before I came along, but after that we mostly focused on doing six-week clerkships during the summer for experience and a nice income. In 2002, he clerked for a firm in Dallas. In 2003, he clerked for two firms in Amarillo, doing two six-weekers back to back. He was glad to gain the experience and focused on applying for positions in trial law. In 2004, he began working for a firm in Amarillo that was created by some of the partners from one of his clerkships. The pay really varies from firm to firm. Some of the hard core places can pay *amazingly*. Some of the smaller firms pay the same as school admin, which is also nice because TX has such a low cost of living.

  2. I know this is kind of a non-answer, but he just needs to go with his gut. Firms understand that you want the most experience you can get during school and they certainly wouldn’t want him to stay just because it’s a job. They’d much rather have someone who wants to stay, you know? There is nothing wrong with him working there now and then changing his mind later. Law school is a great time to sort of figure out what type of law to practice, but it doesn’t mean you’ll love that area forever. He can always work there a few years for his early experience and then jump somewhere else. The great thing is that I don’t think he can go wrong at this point. But…he must allow his wonderful writer wife to get busy on her novel at some point! I want to READ it someday!

  3. Could he split summers? Work for his firm and then maybe another job? Its always good to have options in this economy. Additionally, I recommend he try and get a judicial internship of some kind, its great experience!

  4. That’s a great position to be in – an almost assured job at the end of law school! If it’s the area that he’s interested in, and it’s a good fit, I would probably just stay there. Leaving might give them the impression that it’s easy for him to do so, and maybe prevent them from offering him a position.

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