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  • By Associate Dean Justice Margaret O’Mara Frossard (ret.) Last week, Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke graciously addressed JMLS students and alumni on the topic of professionalism within the legal field. Justice Burke very wisely noted that lawyers are expected to be lawyers 24 hours a day, seven days per week. In other words, society expects lawyers—and therefore law students—to behave and function as professionals at all times. Indeed, “professional identity isn’t just part of being a lawyer, it is the essence of a lawyer.” (emph. added) E. Scott Fruehwald, “Developing Law Students’ Professional Identities,” 37 U. La Verne L. Rev. 1, 19 (Fall 2015). Defining one’s professional identity, however, requires reflection and thought, as there are many ways to successfully utilize one’s law degree after graduation. Here are a few suggestions to help you think about what type of lawyer you would like to be. Strive for excellence in […]

    Professional Identity: Critical For Success

    By Associate Dean Justice Margaret O’Mara Frossard (ret.) Last week, Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke graciously addressed JMLS students and alumni on the topic of professionalism within the legal field. Justice Burke very wisely noted that lawyers are expected to be lawyers 24 hours a day, seven days per week. In other words, society expects lawyers—and therefore law students—to behave and function as professionals at all times. Indeed, “professional identity isn’t just part of being a lawyer, it is the essence of a lawyer.” (emph. added) E. Scott Fruehwald, “Developing Law Students’ Professional Identities,” 37 U. La Verne L. Rev. 1, 19 (Fall 2015). Defining one’s professional identity, however, requires reflection and thought, as there are many ways to successfully utilize one’s law degree after graduation. Here are a few suggestions to help you think about what type of lawyer you would like to be. Strive for excellence in […]

  • Winter break is a perfect time to relax with friends and family and to recharge for the upcoming semester. However, setting aside some time during the coming weeks to focus upon your career after law school can pay dividends. Here are five tips to help you get ahead in 2016. 1) Reconnect with past colleagues and professional contacts. With the demands of law school and jobs, it is sometimes easy to let professional relationships take a back seat to more immediate concerns. The end of a calendar year is a perfect time to make a list of those with which you have worked over the past months and then reach out. The outreach can be as elaborate as a paper “Happy New Year” card with a short note, or as simple as a few-line email reminding the contact of the nature of the relationship (e.g. “It was wonderful meeting you earlier […]

    5 Tips to Advance Your Career This Winter Break

    Winter break is a perfect time to relax with friends and family and to recharge for the upcoming semester. However, setting aside some time during the coming weeks to focus upon your career after law school can pay dividends. Here are five tips to help you get ahead in 2016. 1) Reconnect with past colleagues and professional contacts. With the demands of law school and jobs, it is sometimes easy to let professional relationships take a back seat to more immediate concerns. The end of a calendar year is a perfect time to make a list of those with which you have worked over the past months and then reach out. The outreach can be as elaborate as a paper “Happy New Year” card with a short note, or as simple as a few-line email reminding the contact of the nature of the relationship (e.g. “It was wonderful meeting you earlier […]

  • As law students or new attorneys, you are no stranger to feedback. You receive it from professors, employers, judges and clients. On an internal level, we all react differently to feedback. It is important, however, that you handle it in a professional manner. Here are some suggestions for inviting and receiving feedback: 1) If you are not receiving feedback on your work performance, you should ask for it. Many employers offer performance reviews, but some may not. You should be eager to hear about ways in which you can improve your work or areas in which you are excelling. If you are asked to improve upon certain elements of your job, you should take steps to show your employer that you have heard his or her requests and provide examples of the ways in which you are implementing them. Employers like to know that they are heard and appreciate the […]

    How to Professionally Receive Feedback

    As law students or new attorneys, you are no stranger to feedback. You receive it from professors, employers, judges and clients. On an internal level, we all react differently to feedback. It is important, however, that you handle it in a professional manner. Here are some suggestions for inviting and receiving feedback: 1) If you are not receiving feedback on your work performance, you should ask for it. Many employers offer performance reviews, but some may not. You should be eager to hear about ways in which you can improve your work or areas in which you are excelling. If you are asked to improve upon certain elements of your job, you should take steps to show your employer that you have heard his or her requests and provide examples of the ways in which you are implementing them. Employers like to know that they are heard and appreciate the […]