I cannot believe I only have six weeks left until graduation! There is so much to do before then: find a job, figure out the bar, find someone to sublet my apartment, take exams, etc etc etc. Suffice it to say, these next six weeks are going to be extremely busy for me.
As my three years of law school wind up I cannot help but think about the many questions I still have regarding my law school career, and my life as a future lawyer:
- Am I ready for the bar?
- Where do I want to live?
- I am interested in a couple of areas of law – what do I really want to practice?
- Will I ever find a job that suits me?
- Am I ready to go into the “real world?”
- Should I take more than one bar?
- Where do I want to settle?
These questions run through my mind daily, however, I know that there is a plan for me. As I graduate from law school in a few weeks I realize that I am in a transitioning stage in my life: I am transitioning from being a student to becoming a lawyer. With this transition I further realize that Northeastern has definitely helped me hone in on the areas of law that interest me. I have had four amazing co-ops in different areas of law- from public interest, to human rights, to corporate, to juvenile law, to criminal law (prosecution). Through the variety of opportunities I have had my law interests have narrowed, however, sometimes I think that my interests aren’t narrow enough. Is this normal? What is “narrow enough?” In six weeks am I really suppose to know the exact career route I want to take? Am I suppose to stick with this exact career route for the rest of my life?
The Career Services office at Northeastern has been an immense help in assisting me to figure out what I want to do in life, and the avenue that I should take in order to accomplish my many goals. They have helped me to begin to figure out the aforementioned questions that I have. The staff members in the Career Services office are always willing to meet with students, they promptly respond to e-mails, and they genuinely care about the future of NUSL students. They have personally helped me to parse out my goals and future steps, and I definitely grateful for that.
In all, although I have a lot of unanswered questions about the long-term future, I do think that I am prepared to graduate and become an effective lawyer because NUSL has given me real-world experiences through my many co-ops and my clinical class (which I will talk about in a later blog). I am excited about what the future holds and I am ready to start the journey!