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The following is an excerpt from the Career Development Handbook.

It is important to remember that just because you are in law school, it doesn’t mean everything you have done to this point that isn’t legal suddenly became irrelevant. Quite the opposite! Your personal and work experiences from undergrad or jobs prior to law school have made you the promising legal professional you are today, and almost certainly will play a role in helping you decide what you do and don’t want to do after UNC Law.

Think about past coursework and degrees, volunteer experiences, jobs and internships, travel and study abroad opportunities, awards and recognitions, conferences and professional development activities, interactions with family and friends, advice from mentors and advisors, and other major challenges and successes you have encountered along the way. How have each of these influenced your career path to date? What have they taught you about yourself and your work-related preferences? What do they qualify you to do next, or down the road?

A positive or negative past experience can definitely impact your career journey, including helping you see patterns that could lead to a best-fit practice area or setting. Reflect on the many things you have done and accomplished so far, and based on both these and your current goals, think about where you want to and can go from here.

Career counselors at the CDO are also happy to help you think about how your past experiences can relate to your future pursuits.

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