This panel was born out of a question that our General Body members would repeatedly ask during the Q&A time after our events, namely variations of: Should I work before law school? Should I spend 2 years as a paralegal before law school? Should I take time off before law school?
We had 4 guest speakers at this event: a Legal Recruiting Manager, a practicing attorney and two recent Class of 2015 Columbia graduates who decided to take time off and go “straight through” respectively.
(My fellow Columbia undergrads might recognize Tony Lee, the former Activities Board Council president, from the poster below. They might also recognize Wai Choy—he acted as one of the Mathletes in Mean Girls!!*)
Poster (designed by Divya):
*Not even embarrassed to admit that when I first met Wai at another event and realized he was in Mean Girls, I totally fangirled and made him take a picture with me… Haha.
Our team is busy and works very hard, so the group atmosphere can sometimes be a tiny bit serious. Which is why I’m incredibly grateful for Eileen, our amazing Social Events chair, for putting up Board Bonding nights like this one: trivia night in Arianna’s suite!
Sometime over the summer, a highly persuasive McKinsey recruiter asked me why I was drawn to corporate law. I said something along the lines of wanting to: work on exciting, cross-border deals, learn about a gazillion industries and build relationships with clients. She said, “Great! A career in management consulting will give you the same thing.”
This event was the result of that conversation. We figured that other pre-law students might be interested in, for example, working in consulting before going to law school and that it might be worthwhile to bring in a speaker. We were right—more than 70 students turned up!
Check out our event flyer (design by Divya):