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  • Recently, Associate Director of Career Services Joseph Kearney and I contributed an article to the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin in which we briefly examined the current state of civics in our nation. We argue that fundamental misunderstandings of the function of government have become exposed particularly during this unusually contentious election cycle. However, all is not lost: law students and lawyers, both of whom are studied in our government’s function, can contribute to their own professional identity by helping to “correct the record” when faced with misunderstandings about how our democracy truly functions. The full article can be read here.  

    Law Students and Lawyers Alike Must Contribute to Civics Education

    Recently, Associate Director of Career Services Joseph Kearney and I contributed an article to the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin in which we briefly examined the current state of civics in our nation. We argue that fundamental misunderstandings of the function of government have become exposed particularly during this unusually contentious election cycle. However, all is not lost: law students and lawyers, both of whom are studied in our government’s function, can contribute to their own professional identity by helping to “correct the record” when faced with misunderstandings about how our democracy truly functions. The full article can be read here.  

  • 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 […]