￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼What Happen After the LSATs? Details from a Columbia Law Grad - A ClearView from Alumni
Year of Graduation: 2008
University: Columbia Law School
Current Position: Associate
What was great about your program? What made things challenging?
My school offered incredible options and opportunities. After 1L, I had complete control over my class options. Any day I wanted, I could have sat down and talked with some of the greatest legal minds in the country. The clinics and opportunities for exposure to real practitioners were also unparalleled.
The most challenging part of law school was trying to distinguish myself in a group of superstars.
Why did you want to attend law school?
I spent my undergraduate years studying engineering. Loved the curriculum, but didn’t love my career options straight out of college. I figured I could make a more interesting career out of being a lawyer. I was right.
Which “L” year was your favorite and why?
3L. Had my job offer in hand and a light class schedule, so I got to play a lot of softball and explore New York.
How do you practice law now and how has your program helped out?
My practice is primarily patent litigation. Like most lawyers, my work involves a lot of reading, writing, and critical thinking. Law school helped with all of those.
￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼I like being a lawyer. Unfortunately, many do not. In the past couple years, there have been a number of “why you shouldn’t go to law school” articles. Read them.
Jeff is an associate in the San Diego office of a large international law firm. His practice primarily involves high-stakes patent disputes. Outside of work, he enjoys softball, tennis, and beer tasting.