Even as a senior at DePauw, when graduating with good grades and a lot of accolades was just a few months away, I had no idea what I wanted to be when I grew up. I interviewed with random companies that all told me I was "over-qualified" for the position they had available. I was miffed. So, I bit back at the corporate world and sent a huge application to Teach for America and attended a day-long interview that was by far the most intimidating thing I've ever done for a job. I studied for and took the LSAT and applied to a couple of law schools. Low and behold, I was not over (or under) qualified for either TFA or the College of Law at the University of Cincinnati and was accepted to both. Yay for options but boo for having to make tough decisions.
|Me and Dana at a Cardinals game with|
|At our end-of-year- party. Phew!|
|UC Law Graduation, 2008|
Anyways, I was fortunate enough after law school to be offered a job at a good sized law firm in Indianapolis. Unlike many of my classmates who graduate without any good job prospects, I found a firm that pays well, has nice benefits, and for the most part, respects my personal life and family time. For the first year and a half though, when ever anyone asked "what do you do?" I said "work at a law firm downtown." If I wasn't asked to elaborate, the inquirer, probably walked away thinking I was a secretary or a janitor. I was not exactly exuding the confidence or swagger that most people expect from an attorney. The problem was that I just didn't feel like an attorney. I didn't do anything lawyer-like. I didn't go to court. I didn't talk to clients. Heck, I barely even talked to other lawyers from other law firms. I still had my training wheels on while the people around me gained confidence in my abilities to not royally screw up and I was terrified of the moment they would come off.
But, in 2010, they did. I knew it would happen eventually and, luckily, it wasn't as bad as I'd anticipated. It was actually kind of liberating. I wrote some briefs, I took a deposition, I "won" a small claims trial on my own, I bargained and negotiated with opposing counsel. I felt like I was earning my salary and like I was proving my worth. I've proudly told people for the last 6 months that "I'm a lawyer" and I really do feel like one (most days). Clearly a success.
Very truly yours,