June 14, 2012
(Law) Degrees of Separation: Different Ways to Put Your J.D to Work
Elie MystalEditor, Above the Law
Susannah ShakowPresident and Board Chair, Running Start
Dawn SmallsDirector, Ford Foundation
Jon HerediaPartner, Brand Manager, The Couch Sessions
Patricia FirstPrincipal, The Raben Group
Despite a challenging legal job market, a law degree remains a versatile degree when combined with a bit of ingenuity. Fortunately, legal training can provide a leg-up to pursue political ambitions, to consult on important social and political issues, and to explore fields removed from the traditional legal settings of law firms and government agencies. Panelists discussed their path outside a traditional legal setting, how their legal training and skill set have helped them in different fields, and offered inspiration to lawyers and law students hoping to stretch the limits of their law degree and legal abilities.