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What are the advantages and opportunities for advancement?

I want to learn more and explore my options of becoming a Medical Scientists or a Lawyer after high school & college. #law #lawyer #scientists #medical


yeah I would ask the same question to what to learn more and on a laywer skye B.

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Heather’s Answer

From a lawyer's perspective - I worked after college for several years before deciding to go back to law school, so to start, you can always change your mind on your career and go back to law school after you try something else. But for me, I decided to go to law school because I loved the structure of the law and the opportunities it would open for me. I chose to focus on law and technology (privacy specifically) because it was a new and growing area. I get to work daily with new laws to interpret and implement them into our business.

If you go to law school, there are many pathways you can take and not just working at a law firm. There are increasing opportunities for people with law degrees to work in positions that are not in court. Here are some of the pathways: law firm as a practicing lawyer advising clients; law firm working with other lawyers on how to use technology and analytics; research and big data legal analytics; business legal department; business privacy team; consulting firms advising business clients; government agency/regulatory as a lawyer (many different focuses) and many more that will be created over the coming years.

Heather recommends the following next steps:

Look at IAPP.org to get a sense of different privacy topics going on in the privacy law field
Reach out to local law firms to see if they have high school or college internship programs over the summer to give you a taste of what their jobs are like
Reach out to local law schools' admissions offices or career centers to see if they can refer you to law students to talk more about law school and getting into law school

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Glenn’s Answer

Maiya,
The pathway to becoming a lawyer is pretty straightforward: 1. Get good grades in High School;
2. Attend the best university you can afford (typically takes four years), but don't incur a lot of student debt;
3. Major in anything that interests you, but consider taking courses that will help you to hone your critical reading, writing, speaking and reasoning skills;
4. Take the LSAT and do well (consider taking LSAT prep courses);
5. Attend the most prestigious Law School you can afford (typically takes three years), but again don't incur too much of student debt;
6. Work hard and get good grades in Law School;
7. If possible, participate in Law Review in Law School;
8. If you have done well in Law School, try to get a Judicial Clerkship in the most prestigious court that you can, the best clerkships are with the Supreme Court of the United States;
9. Study for and pass the bar in one or more states in which you want to practice law;
10. Get hired by a law firm or company that practices in the area of law that interests you; and
11. Work hard and do your best work.

One word of caution, the Law is a jealous mistress. It will take from you all you will give, including your peace of mind, your most important relationships, and even your humanity. So, I invite you to temper your ambition with your humanity.

Good luck,

Glenn

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Jenny’s Answer

Hi Maiya. These are both great fields to have interests in. I highly suggest finding people in these fields and contacting them to shadow them or you could even organize a phone call/video call with them to just learn about their daily jobs.

I also would suggest finding what interests you in these fields. There are lots of sub fields within these fields and ways to combine them both. For instance, you could be a medical scientist working with hearts, lungs, medical equipment, data research, and so much more. Same goes for lawyer where you can work very different types of fields. You could even go into medical policy if you like both. The best way I have found to learn about these fields is sending emails or calling people in these fields and having a conversation with them. Simply searching for medical scientists or lawyers near you is a great start. Try to find things that you really like in these fields and find opportunities that align with your interests. My previous experience with talking with professionals in other fields and even working in different fields has really helped me find careers fit for me. Hope this advice helps!

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Jonathan’s Answer

I don’t know how to answer this. It depends on what advancing to the next level of your career is. For a relative he bypassed ascending to a high position in his company because of cultural issues. He did not to fight the political battles, make deals and play the game to survive and advance at that level. He stayed because he wanted to keep his pension. My approach was different. I f something was wrong at that place, the deal changed, I learned things about the company, I looked to go elsewhere. Now, I have never been in the profession I wanted or identified with at any point in mummy career. I eventually went to start my own company where I was at the highest level from the start, I had better control of the business and of my life and I could be in the profession. The other thing that was going on was that my career and profession were involving into the profession(s) I really wanted. So if your career evolves then advancement in your company may not be what you want.

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Jenny’s Answer

Hi Maiya. These are both great fields to have interests in. I highly suggest finding people in these fields and contacting them to shadow them or you could even organize a phone call/video call with them to just learn about their daily jobs.

I also would suggest finding what interests you in these fields. There are lots of sub fields within these fields and ways to combine them both. For instance, you could be a medical scientist working with hearts, lungs, medical equipment, data research, and so much more. Same goes for lawyer where you can work very different types of fields. You could even go into medical policy if you like both. The best way I have found to learn about these fields is sending emails or calling people in these fields and having a conversation with them. Simply searching for medical scientists or lawyers near you is a great start. Try to find things that you really like in these fields and find opportunities that align with your interests. My previous experience with talking with professionals in other fields and even working in different fields has really helped me find careers fit for me. Hope this advice helps!

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