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Nancy Hogan ’04
When Nancy Hogan incurred a spinal injury in 1998, her military career was cut short, and her future shifted in an instant – one moment she was a...

Upcoming Events

Secrets & Scandals

Secrets & Scandals

A Day In The Life of Congressman David Cicilline
OCT
08
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Appellate Courtroom 283
Info Session for Prospective Students
OCT
10
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
RWU Law, 10 Metacom Avenue, Bristol, RI 02809
Marine Affairs Joint Degree Informational Meeting
OCT
17
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
David A. Logan Conference Room - Law 244
Jeopardy!
OCT
17
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Appellate Courtroom 283
Movie Screening: Inequality for all
OCT
21
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Room 276


 

5 Things to Do Before Law School

5 Things to Do Before Law School to Jump Start Your Legal Career

1.  Consider reading one or all of these books:
The Official Guide to Legal Specialties
Lisa L. Abrams, J.D. 

What Can You Do with a Law Degree?
Deborah Arron 

Guerilla Tactics for Getting the Legal Job of Your Dreams
Kimm Alayne Walton, J.D.

What Law School Doesn’t Teach You…But You Really Need to Know
Kimm Alayne Walton, J.D. 

2. Talk with as many current law students as you can.
Find out which classes they have taken, which ones they liked and didn’t like, and why.  Ask about the jobs or internships they have had, how they got their job/s, and about their experiences there. 

3. Talk with as many practicing attorneys as you can.  
Find out what area of law they practice, how they got into that that area, and what they like about it.  Ask them what they wish they had known before starting law school and entering the legal profession.

4.  Consider attending a court hearing or trial in a local court.  
This is an opportunity to see litigation first-hand and to think about whether you might enjoy it.  All courts, both state and federal, are open to the public, except for grand jury hearings.  If you are interested in finding out about when trials are in session, contact the clerk of the individual courts. For Rhode Island, please see http://www.courts.ri.gov/default.htm and for Massachusetts, please see http://www.mass.gov/courts/.

5.  Enjoy Yourself!
Law School is difficult and time-consuming and you will be working very hard.  Make sure that you set aside time this summer to relax so that you are well-rested before you begin law school and embark on your legal job search.