Dear Katie Column – Reconciling Motivation vs Reputation
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Dear Katie Column – Reconciling Motivation vs Reputation

How do I reconcile my motivation for studying law being to help people, with the reputation lawyers have for being greedy and ‘slimy’? – Cait, 22 This is a great question. I take slimy to mean cynical, aggressive, manipulative, scheming, underhanded, and possibly unethical or even corrupt. (I also take it to mean super creepy, … Continue reading

Dear Katie column – The virtue of taking a break during your law degree
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Dear Katie column – The virtue of taking a break during your law degree

And so, you feel you should probably just keep going. Just get through it and then see what happens after that. After all, what if you took a break and never came back? What if you fell behind everyone else? What if future lawyers saw a big gap from June 2019 to July 2020 and refused even to let you in their doors? It’s all too much. Better to just keep grinding on as best you can, right? Continue reading

Dear Katie column – Making friends at law school
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Dear Katie column – Making friends at law school

I am struggling with the social side of law school. How do I make friends with my law school peers? – Struggling, 19   I’m sorry to hear you are struggling, Struggling. University, for all its social clubs and events, can be an isolating place and social stuff can definitely get hard. Law school in … Continue reading

Dear Katie column – On macro joy
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Dear Katie column – On macro joy

Around 90% of the guests on the podcast chose to study law because they were good at English. Rare is the guest who studied law because they wanted the skills to do particular justice-related work, or the guest who thought being a lawyer looked like fun. (I say that with the caveat that for many … Continue reading

Dear Katie column – How do I know what area of law to practice in?
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Dear Katie column – How do I know what area of law to practice in?

“How do I know what area of law to practice in? I am worried that everyone says practicing law is very different from studying law, and that I might end up somewhere I hate. There are subjects I like studying, but how do I know if I should pursue them in practice? Can you offer any advice … Continue reading