Friday June 16, 2017

What Every Law Student Should Know

We asked some of our most successful alumni what they would tell today’s students.

Don’t be afraid to take your own path

“The law is changing,” says Mike Mutek ‘79, who spent his career involved in government contracting and recently won the Steven E. Yuhas Special Service Award. “The profession is changing and legal education is changing. You’ve got to be able to adapt to those changes, but it’s still a great career.”

Words matter

“Being able to write is the number one best tool you can have as a lawyer,” says Justice Elizabeth McClanahan ’84 with the Virginia Supreme Court, who was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award.

Realize the impact you can make with your skills

“You understand the rule book for how we run our society and you can actually help people with that,” says Ellis Jacobs ‘81, who has spent his career as a public interest lawyer and was recently awarded the Francis J. Conte Special Service Award

Learn as much as you can about all areas of the law

“Take as many (courses) as you can so you’re exposed to as many legal issues as possible,” says Dale Creech, who is the Chief Legal Officer for Premier Health and won the Walter H. Rice Honorary Alumni Award.

Enjoy the journey

“I loved the learning,” says Jane Novick ’12, who won the Richard Perna Young Alumni Award of Excellence. “I loved the whole back and forth. For me it just energized me.”

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