GUEST BLOG Katie R. Day,
Quinnipiac University School of Law, J.D. Candidate 2018
This past week I registered for my spring semester classes.
So far, throughout internships and classwork I’ve been focusing on intellectual property law and while I find it interesting, I’m not sure I want to continue down that path after law school. As I see job postings for first-year associates and take more diverse electives, I’m realizing that I may be interested in a lot more than I had thought.
That’s why I struggled with my spring schedule. There are so many areas of law I’d like to explore and only one semester left to do it. I’ve spent so much time worrying about not having a niche or a specialty, that I feel I may have missed out on some opportunities.
As I tried to determine what to take, something my law school professor told me popped into my head. He said that when anyone asks him what he does for work he says he’s an attorney and goes out of his way to avoid labeling himself as a “corporate attorney.” When I asked him why, he told me that he didn’t want people thinking he was only interested in corporate law, despite that fact that he’s done a lot of work in that area. He always wanted to keep his options open and welcome opportunities that may be outside his comfort zone.
I think the point of his story is important to remember, especially in the law school environment where we are constantly asked what type of law we want to practice. It’s okay to have a broad focus or no focus at all.
In an effort to keep an open mind and explore new things, I registered for law school classes that were completely outside my comfort zone. This spring, I’ll be putting intellectual property on pause to learn about international law, in-house work, and asset management/ financial advising. I even registered for Quinnipiac’s externship program and am excited to be placed at a firm where I can be challenged! While I may end up sticking with intellectual property law, I’m not going to rule out the other options, and who knows, maybe I’ll find my future career in something unexpected!