questions below as a guide,
draft a two-paragraph vision statement for your career. Paragraph one:
kinds of jobs would best match your personality,
values, and skills?
Where do you want to be in ten years? Twenty?
1. Do you have
a general idea of what kind of career you want? Do you
plan to practice law? What do you envision yourself doing in twenty
the height of your career?
2. What are
your values? Do you value financial security? Time with
your family and friends? Autonomy? Stability? Creativity? Do you want
children? Do you like to take risks? Do you like variety? Do you like
excitement and pressure or do you prefer life without stress? Do you
leisure time to pursue various interests? Are your career plans
3. How do you
want to spend your day? Do you like dealing with people?
Do numerous meetings make you crazy, or do you welcome the time to
with colleagues? In what size groups do you work best: all alone, with one or two other people,
with a larger group? Do you like spending large blocks of time
writing? Do you like detail work? Do you enjoy or hate business
How do you feel about the prospects of litigation? Do you like to
you prefer new challenges or handling matters over which you have some
Do you know what kinds of law do not
4. What kinds
of hours do you envision yourself working as a lawyer: a
mammoth number of hours, a 9
day, part-time? Are you
is able to create work-life balance for yourself, or do you take on too
5. When you are
considering a job,
will the salary and benefits meet your basic minimum needs? Will some
factor be paramount in your job search (for instance,
whether the work is meaningful to you or can keep your interest)?
6. Are you
interested in entering a type of law that might dictate that
you live in a particular region (such as international law or water
you prefer cities? Large or small? Suburbs or rural areas? Domestic or
7. Do you feel
that other people (perhaps family members such as
parents or partners) have specific expectations for what you will do
law degree? Do they match yours?
8. What are
your signature strengths as they relate to a legal career?
9. What are
your interests or hobbies? Do they relate to your career
plans? Can they?
If you could not be a lawyer,
what would you do? Do any of these alternate careers suggest what you
with your law degree other than practice law?