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Resource Review: Should You Really Be a Lawyer?

Many people go to law school without having a clear idea of what they want to do once they get their J.D.   Obviously a common path to take after graduation is to take the bar and become an attorney, but the life of an attorney is not a good fit for everyone.   This book, “Should You Really Be a Lawyer?” by Deborah Schneider and Gary Belsky, serves as a tool to really analyze whether or not becoming an attorney is right for you.

The first main portion of this book asks if law school is really right for you. This section is not really relevant to most people since you are all in law school already, but it has some great tools and assessments that people can take to determine if they want to go to law school if you know people considering taking the leap!

Parts III and IV are the most relevant for law students. Part III addresses whether you should stay in law school. Many people may have ideas about law school that turn out to not be the reality, and this book can help you decide when it is time to pursue other options. Although law school is meant to be challenging, the author explains that if you are completely unhappy and feel like your personal life is suffering because of law school, it may be time to reconsider.

Part IV helps people who are just graduating or already practicing determine if being an attorney is a good profession for them. This section is also interesting because it explores some of the reasoning people use to argue to themselves that even though they are not enjoying their working life, they should just continue. The psychological aspects in this section of the book really help the reader to identify methods people use to talk themselves out of changing careers, and how to deal with these arguments.

Overall, this is a very useful book and it is interesting because it actually includes several assessments per section to help the reader truly engage in the decisions he or she is making. This would be a great book for anyone who is considering alternative career paths.

Career 411: Navigating the office

As you look forward to a summer job, semester internship or a full-time position after graduation, navigating your new office is an important part of being successful. Here are a few tips to keep in mind: Take the initiative – Don’t wait for people to introduce themselves.  Try to meet as many people as possible in the  Continue Reading »

What's going on?: September 8-12

LCDR James Kennedy will be presenting a Navy JAG Informational Session on Monday, September 8th from 1:00-1:50 p.m. in Room 109. Come learn about the benefits of being a Navy JAG, the application process, the commissioning process as well as internship opportunities. This event has been approved for Career Component credit and pizza will be  Continue Reading »

Spotlight on Pro Bono: Mizzou Law’s Pro Bono Program

A formal Pro Bono Program was established by the University of Missouri School of Law in the Fall of 2013.  The Pro Bono Program provides students with opportunities to gain practical lawyering experience while serving persons of limited means, as well as help cultivate a sense of professionalism and social responsibility. In accordance with ABA  Continue Reading »

Resource Review: Women-At-Law: Lessons Learned Along the Pathways to Success

Even with the legal world becoming more modern, law is still a traditionally male dominated field. This means that female attorneys may encounter some different challenges than their male coworkers. “Women-At-Law” by Phyllis Horn Epstein addresses a wide array of issues ranging from sexism to dating. One of the aspects about this book that I  Continue Reading »

What's going on?: September 2-5

We here at the CDO hope that everyone had a safe and relaxing Labor Day holiday. There are quite a few things going on here at the law school this week and next week that you should keep your eye on. 1Ls…have you signed up for Symplicity training yet? You must sign up for mandatory  Continue Reading »

Spotlight on Pro Bono: Heart of Missouri CASA

Every year, more than 260 abused and neglected children in Boone and Callaway Counties are placed in foster care because they are unable to live safely at home. Once the children in these circumstances become part of the legal system, dozens of individuals enter their lives such as: police, foster parents, therapists, social workers, judges,  Continue Reading »