Ask any college admissions officer about the “pre-law” program at their school. You will likely get the same answer: there is no pre-law major. Ask any attorney about the best legal education, and you will also get many answers. The law is a highly respected profession. But I’m sure that you hear that there are too many attorneys chasing too little work. This is not true. There are so many paths towards becoming an attorney, or to use a law degree in other fields.
I have covered some of these alternatives in past posts, and discussed how some colleges help their students gain admission to law school. A law degree has considerable value in business, consulting, government and non-profit management. The education can take you in many directions. A good pre-law experience outside of the classroom can also help.
I asked my friend, Emily Declercq, a dynamic attorney, to talk about her pre-law experience and her career. A Philosophy major at Colgate University (NY), Emily took a thoughtful approach to choosing a law school. That path, which started right after college, might be a surprise to some of you. But it led Emily into internships, clerkships, business consulting, and now her own law practice in Central New Jersey and New York City. She solves complex business problems for individuals and businesses. Spoiler alert: Emily did not go to an “elite” law school. But she built an impressive resume because of her education, not in spite of it
Emily and I will also discuss the qualities that make someone a successful attorney. The law requires an adherence to regulation as well as strong writing, speaking and listening skills.
If you need an attorney to help you solve a complex business problems, real estate transactions and civil disputes? Contact Emily at email@example.com or call her at 609-873-3148.
Would you appreciate advice about law school admissions as well as alternatives to the law? Emily and I would be glad to schedule a virtual conversation with you! Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 609-406-0062
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