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“Greetings – I am Isabella and am in my final year at Pitt Law. Summer positions have been very competitive as of late, and I was excited to obtain a volunteer position last summer at a legal aid service. I am interested in going in-house at a large firm. I am nervous about not having more corporate-focused summer opportunities. What can I do to best position myself to be an attractive and successful candidate for such a position?
“My name is Morgan and I am a 1L at Pitt. I love the program, and am so happy I chose to come here. Since I was in high school, I knew I wanted to protect the environment, trying to preserve this planet for as many future generations as possible. I know there are many potential avenues that could allow me to achieve my goal — government agencies, lobbying, NGOs / non-profits, etc.; however, I don’t know in what environment I will be the most fulfilled and successful. It would be great to talk to alumni who are in roles that advocate and advance green policies / actions.
Thank you for reading my request, and look forward to connecting!”
“Greetings from Pittsburgh. I am Nia Tailor and I am in my second year at Pitt Law. As I think about my long term career goals, I know that I want to have a reasonable quality of life, to work with fun and friendly people and to make a positive impact. I am leaning towards an associate general counsel in a mid-sized company so that I could be a generalist, but I’m really not sure what I might need to do to achieve this goal. Did anyone feel this way when they were in Law School? I would love to chat with someone who knows what I’m going through and can offer some advice.
Thank you very much!”
“My name is Jane Doe. I am a Pitt Law alumna and practice corporate mergers and acquisitions law at a firm in Ohio. I was wondering if there are any Pitt alumni who currently serve on a corporate board who I could speak with about positioning myself for board service with a for-profit company. I’m interested in discussing the kinds of board roles for which I’m best suited, and how I can identify the skills and knowledge I don’t yet have so I can fill in those gaps. I’d appreciate speaking with any alumni (whether graduate or undergraduate) who has insights to share! H2P!
I appreciate your assistance and look forward to meeting you.”
“I am Lisa, a first year law student at the University of Pittsburgh and will be pursuing a Health Law Certificate. I ultimately hope to represent public hospital institutions, but haven’t yet had the chance to work in a health law setting. I don’t know if I want to focus on the transactional side of health care, or the fraud and compliance side. I’d appreciate speaking with a Pitt Law alum who works in health law. Do you have any advice on what I can do, or the publications I should read, in order to better immerse myself in the health law legal community? Could you also share your insights about how I can best decide what aspects of health law I’d do best in? I really appreciate your help!
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