A group of about thirty students, ranging from freshman just beginning to explore legal studies to seniors preparing for law school, met with alumni attorneys for the Careers in Law dinner on Thursday, March 29, in the Cape Cod Lounge of the Student Union.
The evening began with a meal, then students spent the remainder of the night engaged in a speed-dating style format, with one attorney per table, and groups rotating every 8 minutes. The attorneys represented a range of experience and careers. In attendance were a first year associate, an administrative judge, corporate lawyers, and even the Northwestern District Attorney.
Students who attended felt the experience was worthwhile. Samantha Ryan '12, an English and Spanish double major, felt every confident about a future career in law after the event.
“Some of the attorneys quelled my concerns in taking a year off before law school. Others spoke to me about the opportunities they have encountered in different fields of law. After the meet-and-greet section ended, I had the chance to speak in-depth with three attorneys. Through these conversations, I received personalized insight and advice, got contact information, and got to add three excellent people to my list of contacts in the law field,” said Samantha.
Like Samantha, Alannah Driscoll-Sbar '13, a political science major, found the event helpful. “I believe that the networking event was incredibly useful, and I look forward to attending similar events at UMass. It was encouraging to see UMass alumni enjoying their careers as successful attorneys. ” Alannah also enjoyed the various types of legal careers that alumni had chosen. “[The diverse representation] gave me a fresh perspective on the types of employment that become available with a JD degree,” she said.
Both Samantha and Alannah would recommend this event to any student considering law school.
The Careers in Law dinner was sponsored by the Commonwealth Honors College, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the Office of Pre-Law Advising.