Working in law can be worthwhile, and if you want to start your own law firm someday, it’s important to prepare correctly. If you are a woman hoping to enter this male-dominated field, there are a few things you can do now to prepare.
Get the Right Degree
Getting a law degree can prepare you for a rewarding career. These degrees often open doors, such as allowing you to meet the right people to help you get a job. And if you’re planning on taking the bar, you’ll need the preparation that law school offers. If you can’t afford the cost of school, consider taking out student loans with a private lender in order to pay for your graduate law degree. That way, you will not have to worry about getting a job while in school.
While in school, you should begin networking as soon as you can. Try to find potential clients and foster that relationship with them. Even if you aren't ready to take on clients yet, those you meet now may be critical to your success later. Or they may be able to give you advice on important matters. It is not hard to stay in touch, thanks to technology. Set up a professional social media account and connect to people you meet there. Reach out to them to stay connected – celebrate their accomplishments, ask for advice, or just see how they’re doing. Don’t be afraid to show your personality. It allows you to build better relationships.
Don’t Be in a Rush
Don’t be afraid to reduce your workload if it is becoming too much. For example, if you have your own practice, you may be able to work part-time. You don’t have to work overtime to be successful. For instance, if you have a child, you don’t have to stop working. The next several months might be hectic, but don’t decide to give up on the career until you have given it a try. If you’re at a firm, try to stay involved with key teams. While that takes time, if a leadership opportunity opens up in the future, you’ll be in the running to manage those clients.
Don’t Be Afraid to Change Paths
You may spend a long time looking for the perfect job once you graduate but know it might not be what you expect. Try to remain flexible. You don’t have to stay in the same job if another opportunity opens. And if you decide you want to take your career in another direction, you don’t have to be afraid. If you don’t enjoy your career, don’t stay at that job. Move on to something you like better. Even if you try to hide it, people can tell whether or not you like your job. If you like your work, people will come to you, and you will be someone they want to work with. Find people who will challenge you and help you grow your career. They can mentor you along the way and help you make better decisions.