Today’s interview is with Serena Claire Josephs, the firm-wide attorney professional development specialist at an Am Law 100 firm. She’s lectured on alternative careers for lawyers, and is herself pursuing an alternative career, making her well-qualified to discuss the matter.
If you’re thinking maybe this law thing isn’t for you, read on!
Alison: Some people say, “Don’t go to law school unless you know you want to be a lawyer.” Others argue, “A law degree is flexible and opens lots of doors.” You spend time with lawyers helping them advance their careers. Which statement do you think is more accurate, and why?
Serena: Go to law school only if you want to be a lawyer. The reason for this is because law school is a big investment of time and money and focuses on teaching you the skills to become a lawyer.
That said, if, during law school, you realize that you don’t want to practice as a lawyer, then there are other options.