5 Tips from Fords on Friday with L.T. Edwards!
L.T Edwards came back to campus to talk with our students to cap off our Careers in Law week here at the CCPA! He talked about his work in law, as well as his experiences in law school and general life advice. Here are 5 tips from his session:
- Don’t forget to leave time for yourself in law school: L.T. said that treating law school like a job was helpful for him to relieve the stress of school. He says it is easy to get sucked in and spend all your time working, but if you take breaks you can relieve the stress and work better as a result. He also emphasized that holding and maintaining hobbies is important, which he did by playing basketball throughout his time at school.
- Internships can be valuable experience: L.T. highly recommends getting an internship before going into Law to get an idea of what to expect from working in the field. He says that it is an important step in testing out different job paths, and even if you don’t like an internship, it is still valuable experience eliminating a possible job option.
- Keep up on your resumes and cover letters: Employers like to see that you have a strong, update, and edited resume and cover letter. When writing your cover letter, show that you are able to write – a skill that you gain at Haverford! Furthermore, connect all of your previous experiences to the job that you are applying for, and relate your skills back to the job as well.
- Law Degrees are incredibly versatile: L.T. highly recommends getting a law degree, as there are so many possible career paths to explore. He mentioned teaching, medicine and journalism as possible non-law related careers that are possible with a law degree, but there are certainly many more options inside and outside of the field of law. He also says that it is okay to change your mind on what career you want, and a law degree gives you the flexibility to do so.
- Start making good habits at Haverford: L.T. recommends that you set good values and habits for yourself while at Haverford, as it makes the adjustment to the working world or law school easier in the future. Furthermore, while at Haverford be sure to go off campus and learn about other’s perspectives on life. Haverford is a bubble with a lot of similar views, and it is good practice for your career to hear from others that may not think in the same way that you do.