One of my favorite documentaries is Jiro Dreams of Sushi. It tells the story of Jiro Ono, an 85-year-old sushi master widely considered to be the finest sushi chef in Japan. Towards the beginning of the movie, Jiro says, “Once you decide on your occupation... you must immerse yourself in your work. You have to… Continue reading How Do You Want to Practice Law?
Do it; work with a legal aid society now, or at least at some point in your career. The most interesting work I have been a part of during my time at UVA has been through my winter and summer internships with the Legal Aid Justice Center (LAJC) and through LAJC's consumer clinic program. The… Continue reading Thoughts on Legal Aid Work as a Law Student
The law school timeline for choosing between a public service and a law firm career path is in reality much shorter than it originally appears. As a bright-eyed and idealistic 1L, it seemed like I had all the time in the world to decide where I wanted to start my legal career after graduation; after… Continue reading Keeping Up Confidence in a Sea of Doubt
By the end of the first day, I had a computer, a badge, and (in a photo finish) a working email address. My supervisors told me this was a major victory, deserving of celebration, and encouraged me to go home and savor it. That first day as an intern with the Office of the Legal… Continue reading Embracing the Service in Government Service
I’m going to tell you what may seem like a very obvious thing, but it’s also a very important thing: law school does not prepare you to be a lawyer. Law school prepares you to be a law professor. 1L year is spent teaching you to “think like a lawyer.” I’m still not totally sure… Continue reading An Education Beyond the Classroom
I graduated in December 2008 as a history major with no plans. Some of you may be too young to remember Lehman Brothers and the stock market crash, but let’s just say it was a really, really good time to graduate without “skills.” My first job became asking people for money on the street (in… Continue reading Figuring it out as I Go