Hardison & Associates Young Lawyer Tips #16

Every Tuesday a selected attorney or law clerk of Hardison & Cochran will share tips that helped them through law school and their early career as a lawyer. These tips will range from advice on how to study for the LSAT, law school classes and the bar exam to how to handle a case load once you start practicing in your selected area. If you would like one of your questions answered about becoming a lawyer please e-mail us at wsc@lawyernc.com.

This week Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law student and Hardison & Cochran law clerk, Heather M. Beam, offers tips and experiences as a 3L.

Perspectives from a Third Year Law Student

As I approach my last semester of law school, I am both excited and disappointed to graduate. I am excited to begin my career as an attorney, and I am disappointed because law school has been challenging and fulfilling. Most people will tell you that law school is one of the most difficult times of your life, and while that is true, it is also one of the most rewarding times of your life.

The first year of law school is probably the most difficult year, but the second and third years are exciting as you begin to take classes in the area that you want to practice in. I was also fortunate to be able to participate as a member of the school’s national moot court team, and that was the most valuable experience of my life to this point. Nothing can compare to arguing on behalf of your client in front of appellate judges, and I highly encourage those in law school to participate in their school’s moot court competitions. It will strengthen you as both a person and a future attorney.

If you are considering applying to law school, I highly recommend that you do. It will be one of the best decisions you have ever made. If you are currently in law school, appreciate every moment of it and good luck with the upcoming semester.