Self-Assessment & Career Paths
If you did not conduct a self-assessment during your 1L year or your 2L year, then you may want to conduct one as soon as possible at the beginning of your 3L year. The self-assessment is designed to help you make the decisions necessary to have a successful and efficient job search. As a 3L, a self- assessment may serve to confirm your decision to practice in a particular area of law.
During your self-assessment, you will determine three basic things:
- Who am I? (What are my interests, skills, & values?)
- What are my priorities? (What do I want out of my educational experience? What do I want out of my career? What do I want out of my life?) and
- What am I willing to sacrifice to achieve these goals?
The four key questions to ask yourself as you decide what opportunities to pursue are:
- Why did I come to law school?
- What potential practice areas do I want to pursue?
- What geographical locations am I interested in?
- What type of employer do I want to work for?
Once you complete your self-assessment, you should begin to determine what kind of setting you want to begin your career in. Contact your career counselor for resources to assist you in determining your career path.