Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Welcome to Law Career Blog

Welcome to Law Career Blog. This blog is intended to serve as a clearinghouse for those who have questions about careers in law. For nearly a decade I practiced international trade law with Baker & McKenzie (largest law firm in the world) in Chicago and Washington, D.C., and now I am a law professor at Mississippi College School of Law, where I teach International Business, International Law, National Security Law, and Administrative Law. (See the link to my bio and publications on this blog.) Personally, I think my breadth of experience gives me useful and balanced insight into the practice of law, the teaching of law, and alternative career path options.

What do I mean? Simply put, I am a lot like my intended readers. For starters, like many people who end up in law school I was once an undergraduate student who wasn’t sure whether law school was for me. And once I was in law school, I wasn’t immediately obvious what I should do with my degree. Teach? Litigate? Government service? Corporate law? Again, I am not alone in this. Once I graduated I experienced the practice of law, with all its glory and all of its warts—including great paychecks and killer hours. As a result, I have very decided views about the right (and wrong) ways to practice law—and perhaps even more importantly, about the right (and wrong) reasons to stay in practice. Finally, as a law professor (my first choice of professions, by the way), I see all sorts of issues in legal education that need to be addressed—or at least blogged about. So here I am.

My goal in this blog is simply to provide as much thoughtful commentary as I can about careers in law, how legal careers and law schools are changing, and how to find meaning and satisfaction in a career in law. I don’t pretend to have all the answers, but the answers I have come up with have served me well so far.

Thanks for checking out the site. I’d love to hear your comments.


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