Law Career Community

  • Do you enjoy reading, writing, and analyzing issues and creating solutions?
  • Are you passionate about solving individual, group, or societal problems through advocacy, policy work, or legal action?
  • Do you want to make a difference by serving others and resolving complex legal issues?
  • Do you enjoy learning about law-related topics and want to explore possible careers in the legal world?
  • Do you want to go to law school?

If the answer is yes, Grinnell’s Law Career Community, which introduces students to careers in the legal field and prepares them for the law school application process, is for you.

Launched in 2017, the Law Career Community offers an innovative approach to career development. More than just a series of jobs one holds over the course of their lifetime, a career is a blend of one’s professional, personal, and civic aspirations The Center for Careers, Life, and Service and the Law Career Community are focused on empowering students and alumni to live, learn, and work with meaning and purpose. While the programs, activities, and requirements of the Law Career Community will vary over time, the key tenets of the career community are to engage with like-minded students to build knowledge of the legal field and prepare for the rigors of law school, strengthen professional skills, and to support internship and full-time positions in the legal field.

While many students who join the Law Career Community intend to go to law school and engage in the active practice of law, there are many other careers in law that do not require law school. Even students who want to go to law school may consider getting several years of work experience first. Jobs in compliance, insurance, education, human resources, nonprofits, and technology, as well as paralegal/legal assistant work, can expose students to how legal issues play out in the real world. The Law Career Community provides opportunities to discuss and explore all these options.

Have a combination of interests and skills? Students are also encouraged to build collaborations between the CLS’s Career Communities. Possible intersections include jobs in political advocacy (Law + Government and Social Service), risk management (Law + Business and Finance), and patent law (Law + STEM).

The Law Career Community provides opportunities including:

  • One-on-one, student-centered advising from a community director with professional experience in law
  • Law-focused treks and site visits across the country
  • Law-related speaker events, symposia, and panels
  • Industry exploration and skill-building workshops
  • Practice LSAT tests
  • Experiential learning opportunities, including internships and externships
  • Access to professional networks with experienced alumni and potential employers, including mentoring opportunities with Grinnell College alumni, faculty, and staff

Community Leadership

Want to take an active role in shaping the course of the Law Career Community? Every year, students can apply to become community leaders. These students work with and advise the community director as she develops and implements meaningful work-related experiences, both on-campus and off, for students and early career alumni. Student leaders get added perks, such as a guaranteed spot on treks they help plan, exclusive opportunities with visiting Law Community speakers, and advanced mentoring.

Additional information about the Law Career Community is available on GrinnellShare (secure login required).

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