15
Jul 2011

If your family tree includes a judge, a Queens Counsel, a barrister, a paralegal or even anyone who has watched a full season of Boston Legal, you can probably stop reading this post now. Sit back and enjoy the benefits of nepotism that pervade the legal profession. We’re really quite jealous.

But if you are descended from a long line of kindergarten teachers or park rangers and don’t actually know anyone with a law degree, you’re probably a little worried about your future career prospects. So what do you do when nepotism isn’t an option?

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15
Sep 2010

If you’re still in the running for a summer clerkship, congratulations and good luck. If you didn’t get a clerkship, don’t worry - everything will work out okay.

In post-clerkship disappointment mode you’ll probably spend a while telling yourself that you suck. You probably won’t believe me right now, but not getting a clerkship doesn’t mean that you will never be happy ever again. True story.

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07
Jul 2010

So the past five generations of your family weren’t judges? Then I guess you’re doomed to fail in your legal career… or not. Although ‘no successful lawyer is an island,’ being born with contacts is not a necessity. Good networking can really help your career, but as law students we’re only seeing half the picture.

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