Tools and Inspiration for People Currently in Law School
Earning your law degree is one of the greatest challenges you’ll face in your life. Becoming an attorney requires great inner strength, patience, and a hunger for justice, which is why the job pays so well.
Whether it’s your first day of law school or you’re preparing for your final semester, the journey to becoming a legal professional can be rough. These tips and tools won’t make law school any easier, but they’ll help you be better prepared for what lies ahead.
Find someone in the legal field to model yourself after.
One great way to set yourself up for success in law school and your legal career is to find someone after whom to model yourself. Malliha Wilson was inspired to begin practicing human rights and labour law by her grandfather, S. J. V. Chelvanayakam, also considered the father of the Ceylon Tamil community of Sri Lanka.
Malliha would eventually go on to serve as a special legal advisor to the Investment Management Corporation of Ontario and start her own practice, Nava Wilson LLP, but her start was a humble one. She built an impressive career going after human rights violators before branching out into other areas of complex litigation, and it’s because of the influence her grandfather had on her.
Like her grandfather, Malliha is an excellent example for young lawyers and law students, especially those interested in the public sector or becoming entrepreneurs. Prior to starting her own firm, Malliha served an 8-year term as Ontario’s assistant deputy attorney general, making her the first visible minority to serve in the Supreme Court of Ontario.
Make fitness a priority.
Lawyers and law students spend a lot of time behind their desks, meaning they get little to no exercise while working or studying. However, it’s a good idea to make fitness a priority, especially if you hope to have a long and successful career (emphasis on long).
Walking treadmill desks are a great way to stay in shape even while you type away on legal briefs and statements. When your attention is always on work or school, fitness can take a back seat to your career goals. However, your health is still your most valuable asset, so make it a priority.
Network and dress for success.
Even if you’re just beginning law school, now is a great time to begin investing in your wardrobe. Lawyers are expected to wear business suits, and you don’t want to wait until you start putting in applications to start stocking up on suits for the office. Law school is also a great time to network with other future legal professionals. Indeed, now is the perfect time to dress and network for the future you desire. After all, dressing for success is as much about building your confidence as enhancing your outward appearance.
It’s never too early to begin preparing yourself for success in the legal field. Whether you’re working on your undergraduate degree or law degree, the work you’re doing is getting you ready to practice law on the world stage. The top law firms in the United States are always looking for young lawyers who are ready to step in and handle notable cases. Doing well in your degree program will help you set yourself apart from the rest of the field once you graduate.
One of the best things you can do is model yourself after someone like Malliha of Nava Wilson LLP. It’s also critical to take your fitness seriously, as you’ll be spending a lot of time behind a desk. It’s also a good idea to use your time in law school to make connections that will serve you well in the future and begin dressing now for the job you desire. These tips won’t guarantee your success, but they’re a step in the right direction.