A new career direction

February 2, 2009
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Update: The seminar on jobs in politics has been rescheduled to April 8.

Ever wish you could do something else with your law degree, but you don’t know where to start? Feeling burnt out on practicing law, worried about your current job situation, or maybe you just were laid off? A new series at Indiana University Maurer School of Law – Bloomington may be just what you need to parlay your law degree into a new career.

The law school is presenting a series of various alternative legal careers to students and the public. The series kicked off last month and has three sessions left – careers in publishing, communications, marking, consulting, and development Feb. 11; higher education Feb. 25; and politics March 11. Each event will have panelists relevant to the day’s topic and Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan is on board for the politics session.

Caroline Dowd-Higgins, director of Career and Professional Development at the law school, said the series was launched this semester in response to the especially tough job market in this economy.

All the sessions take place in the Moot Court Room in the law school and begin at noon. Students get pizza; the public needs to bring in their own lunch. Reservations are encouraged and should be sent to Dowd-Higgins at cdowd@indiana.edu.

Given today’s economy, I imagine this series will generate more interest from students and the public than it would have if it was launched a few years ago. Dowd-Higgins said the first event in January was very well attended and many students showed up despite the fact classes were cancelled due to snow.

If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, more information on the sessions is on the law school’s Web site under “Events.”
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  1. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

  2. As a lawyer who grew up in Fort Wayne (but went to a real law school), it is not that hard to find a mentor in the legal community without your school's assistance. One does not need to pay tens of thousands of dollars to go to an unaccredited legal diploma mill to get a mentor. Having a mentor means precisely nothing if you cannot get a job upon graduation, and considering that the legal job market is utterly terrible, these students from Indiana Tech are going to be adrift after graduation.

  3. 700,000 to 800,000 Americans are arrested for marijuana possession each year in the US. Do we need a new justice center if we decriminalize marijuana by having the City Council enact a $100 fine for marijuana possession and have the money go towards road repair?

  4. I am sorry to hear this.

  5. I tried a case in Judge Barker's court many years ago and I recall it vividly as a highlight of my career. I don't get in federal court very often but found myself back there again last Summer. We had both aged a bit but I must say she was just as I had remembered her. Authoritative, organized and yes, human ...with a good sense of humor. I also appreciated that even though we were dealing with difficult criminal cases, she treated my clients with dignity and understanding. My clients certainly respected her. Thanks for this nice article. Congratulations to Judge Barker for reaching another milestone in a remarkable career.

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