Advice to the Lawlorn: Impractical Experience

, New York Law Journal


Ann Israel answers the question: I am an evening student at Loyola Law School while working full time as an Environmental Engineer with a big name consulting firm. How can I get firms to realize that being in the top 1/3 of my class while working in the field I intend to practice may be more impressive than top 25% doing nothing but school?

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  • Ellis Mirsky

    Mr. Impressed: My advice is to look for the law firms that handle matters involving your technical background. I did in 1975 and it worked out well for me. I was a design engineer and then a licensing engineer working on nuclear power plants while attending law school at night. Prior to graduation I found a job with a major NYC litigation law firm that had a client in that field and litigation involving nuclear power plants. I spent 8 years there, and then another 7 in-house with that client managing its litigation. Capitalize on your technical background, don't waste it. Instead use it to catapult yourself into a firm that ordinarily wouldn't be interested in you. Once there, work your butt off learning the legal side.

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