You Do NOT Need a Law Degree

A lot of people think that you need a Juris Doctorate (JD) degree to make any real change in the world. This idea goes to the bigger issue that several things have been assumed about law school that are no longer true (one of which was never true if you ask me):

1. There are always jobs for lawyers.
– This hasn’t been true for the past 15 years.

2. People assumed you were smart if you had a JD.
– In my opinion, this has been tricky since law schools started churning out JDs for the money law students paid.

3. Law degrees are flexible and you can do anything you want, in any field you want, once you have the degree.
– Personally, I don’t believe this was ever true. I can’t even begin to describe how difficult a career-change is for a lawyer.

Ultimately, I think it is important to get a JD if you want to practice law; however, people should understand that not having a JD does NOT mean you can’t work within government or even be an advocate. Never let a piece of paper, or lack-thereof, keep you from pursuing this line of work or from getting involved on issues that matter to you.

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Running for Office

If a young lady approached me and said that she was thinking about running for office, I would have one piece of advice:

Write yourself a letter and in that letter, list all of the things you would like to see in your campaign outside of the ideas and the policies. Most people probably run for office because of the policy component – they see a problem and they really want to fix that problem. This is particularly true for women. However, it is equally important to know what type of campaign you want to run, e.g. a clean campaign, a campaign absent of dirty money, a diverse campaign, etc.

The way you run your campaign can mean the difference between winning and losing. If volunteers, for example, are not treated well they will tell their friends and their neighbors. This could cost you not only your volunteer but potential votes as well.

Ultimately, I don’t think that this is only relevant to politics. Writing lists or goals should be used in all aspects of your life.

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