Happy New Year!
We hope your 2019 is off to a great start! This month we’re focusing on career exploration and financial well-being.
We are looking for a student to help promote, plan, and prepare for programming this spring and perhaps next academic year. We anticipate this being a one-hour commitment per week. If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact Tessa at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With best wishes,
Tessa, Allison, and Sharon
Suggested Activities and Events
Listen to I Am The Law podcasts
Take a National Financial Educators Council quiz to learn about your own financial literacy
1Ls and 2Ls can check out their free access to MAX by AccessLex. This is a financial education program created specifically for law students.
See financial literacy games, calculators, and resources for students at iGrad.
Suggested Texts and Articles
Where Law School Leads (U.S. News)
Check out the books in the Career and Professional Development Office’s library. We have dozens of books on career exploration that you can review.
Financial Well-Being: What it Means and How to Help (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau)
A Short & Happy Guide to Financial Well-Being (West Academic Publishing)
4 Elements Define Personal Financial Well-being (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau)
During January, we worked on reviewing our programming from the fall semester. We also discussed planning and preparing for spring events. You can learn more about upcoming events below!
You may recall, on the evening of January 28th, we’ll host the Mentorship Program Spring Semester Kickoff at the law school. Students will have access to some of the mentors and learn about launching and fulfilling their career path and goals. We’ll have beverages, appetizers, and good conversation. This event is also intended to complement career-related events in the spring by giving students information about how to start their career and meet their career-related goals.
We’d love to see you there. Attendance is capped, so please register as soon as you’re able.
Attend the first session in MHSL’s Traditions of Excellence Series. Hear June Ryan Rear Admir. USCG (Ret.) speak about her career path to becoming the highest-ranking female member of the U.S. Coast guard. This event is free. You can register here to attend.
Later in February, we’ll have an event to discuss professional attire. The event will include diverse views on attire. It will help you determine how to dress in the most comfortable and appropriate way for your legal career.
January Discussion Points
First-Year Mentorship Discussion Points (Career Exploration)
Review the discussion questions below with one or more of your classmates or another person in the legal profession that you know. Do you agree with their viewpoints or not? Why?
Think about how many people you know working in the legal profession. What kinds of jobs do they have? Can you identify jobs for which someone need or would want a law degree, other than an attorney? Can you identify anything more specific than an attorney? For example, a family law attorney in a medium sized law firm. Do any of the jobs you identified surprise or interest you? Think about the different organizational settings where people use their law degrees. Do any of those organizational settings surprise you?
Upper-Level Mentorship Discussion Points (Financial Well-Being)
Talk with your mentor or classmates about the questions and issues below. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau defines financial well-being as “having financial security and financial freedom of choice, in the present and in the future.” Financial well-being plays a role in your life as a student, but it plays an even bigger role after you’ve graduated. Have you heard the term financial well-being? What does it mean to you? Take a look at the articles and activities below to learn more.
You are always welcome to contact us with questions, sugestions, or feedback.
Tessa Boury ’05
Assistant Director, Career and Professional Development
Allison Burke ’09
Alumni and Donor Engagement Officer
Program Administrator and Career Counselor