About Alexis Storey

Alexis Storey is a tutor for the Bar Exam Toolbox and Law School Toolbox. Originally from the east coast, Alexis and her family recently moved to the surf and sun of California. She served as Associate Director of Academic Success at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego and still adjuncts there. She now thoroughly enjoys every minute working with law school students and bar exam takers.

Before law school, Alexis worked as a middle school teacher at an international school in Munich, Germany. After moving back to the U.S., Alexis attended University of Maryland School of Law, where she was a Leadership Scholar, Writing Center Fellow, and a member of Maryland Law Review. Throughout law school, Alexis also worked for the non-profit organization Project HEAL at Kennedy Krieger Institute, where she assisted clients with special education issues.

After graduating from law school, Alexis practiced law at Dickstein Shapiro LLP and Reed Smith LLP, where she focused on commercial litigation and insurance coverage disputes. After many years of Big Law practice, Alexis missed working in the classroom and mentoring students and decided to go back to teaching. She now thoroughly enjoys every minute of her current job teaching law school students and working with bar exam takers.

What to Know if You’re Thinking about BigLaw

What to Know if You’re Thinking about Big LawThis week we welcome guest writer Alexis Storey, Law School Toolbox tutor, to talk about the ins and outs of BigLaw.

Like many students who go to law school, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do with a law degree. I was generally interested in trying to “help people” but I didn’t have a clear idea of how to go about doing that. When asked, I would tell people I had no desire to work in BigLaw. (I am the type of person who turns into a monster on less than 9 hours of sleep, so I wanted to stay clear of billable hour requirements!) But then I got my 1L grades, I was pleasantly surprised to see I had done well enough to put myself in the running for summer associate positions at BigLaw firms, and figured “why not upload a resume to a database and see what happens?” I put as little effort into the process as possible, only applying to firms that did not require a cover letter. And with that first click to upload my resume, I stepped onto the conveyer belt to BigLaw. [Read more…]