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Creating Your Own Experience

Creating Your Own Law School Experience

by Katherine Reardon

Although every first year law student starts their career taking the same foundational classes, you can customize your experience early on at Syracuse University College of Law.  Whether it be by joining one of Syracuse’s 35 student organizations, serving in pro bono activities, or networking with alumni, the opportunities to get involved are endless.
The law school provides plenty of opportunity to customize your experience as well as support and guidance along the way. Professors, faculty, and current students are always willing to discuss coursework, offer career advice, and discuss different student and professional organizations. During orientation, students and faculty discuss various aspects of law school life, and a Student Activities Fair is hosted late in the week. It was during orientation when I decided to join the Corporate Law and Intellectual Property societies! Throughout the school year, these organizations bring in prestigious speakers and host seminars at the College of Law, giving even busy students time during their lunch hour to get involved in the area of law that interests you. Your first year can be busy and overwhelming at times – I always found these activities to be a welcome break.

The College of Law provides services and mentorship so that you can create your own internship opportunities. The Professional Development Office meets with first year students, providing services from resume review to mock interviews with alumni. During the spring of my first year, I applied to General Electric (GE) directly, and was hired to work as a summer law clerk t at GE’s Global Research Center, working directly for the General Counsel. I continue to work for GE during the school year.
In the fall of your second year, you gain access to the College of Law’s excellent on campus interview program. Although I interviewed at several firms across the state through the on-campus interview program, I ultimately selected a firm outside of the College of Law network. With the College of Law’s support and assistance, I networked with attorneys who graduated from my undergraduate University, and at firms I was particularly interested in. This summer I will be working for Fish & Richardson’s New York City office, a large patent firm. The law school gave me the confidence and skills to be able to network successfully on my own.

Remember, creating your own experience is about finding things that interest you outside of the law school, too! The College of Law is unique in that it is located directly on the University’s main campus, making sports, student groups, graduate school programs, concerts, and other aspects of university student life in close proximity. I particularly enjoy that the law school is located directly next to Carrier Dome. I can put my books in my locker, throw on my orange shirt and head over for a basketball game! Syracuse University College of Law is a wonderful place to develop the knowledge and skills you need to be successful lawyer, but what I have found to be the most rewarding, is the ability I have had to create my own law school experience.

Questions?  Find me on the Law Ambassador website.

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