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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