Paul L. Caron

Monday, May 24, 2010

Law Grads Urged to Consider Alternative Paths

Connecticut Law Tribune, Law School Grads Urged to Consider Alternative Paths:

It's the month when law school graduates soon are walking across stages during ceremonies throughout Connecticut and across the country. And as they proudly hold that well-earned J.D., they should be ready to figure out new and creative ways to use it.

Two years after the beginning of a significant shakeup in the legal industry, there's no guarantee that new grads will start their careers in law firms that historically scooped up talent a year or more before anyone passed the bar exam.

These days, graduates should be prepared to find alternative opportunities in the law, or even take a nonlegal job to pay the bills and get experience through pro bono work, say career development directors at several law schools in the region.

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It sounds as if they're saying, "Here's your degree. Now become a quitter."

I'd rather the students be provided with a quality career center bringing in a large number of recruiters than to be told that they best that some can do is to work for free. If the school wants to do right by the students, give that quitter speech to those enrolling rather than those graduating. I know that would affect my choice for a college.

Posted by: Woody | May 24, 2010 9:31:24 AM