In an environment where some law schools have slashed their enrollment, and some law graduates have sued their alma maters for allegedly misrepresenting their job prospects, what's a liberal arts graduate talented in argument and skilled in analysis to do?
Aspiring attorneys at Wagner got some solid advice this spring from executives of prominent law firm Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney: Laurie Lenigan, director of legal recruiting, and Richard Morgan, managing director (and parent of Ricky Morgan '12).
The panel's organizer, Tyler Seling '12, summarized Lenigan and Morgan's key tips:
1. Be diverse in your coursework and extracurricular activities. “I told them that Intro to Acting was my favorite class, and they thought that was fantastic,” says Seling, a Spanish major and a football player. Firms are looking for well-rounded, team-oriented workers.
2. “Don't fret about not going to a top-tier school,” but make sure you graduate at the top of your class.
3. Secure summer apprenticeships and make yourself indispensable. “If you perform well, you can continue on to a job,” Seling recounts.