The University of Oklahoma College of Law hosted the entire 1L class on January 19, 2012, for Career Development Night. This event was generously sponsored by Crowe & Dunlevy and Devon Energy. The purpose of the event was to expose 1Ls to the various areas of the law including corporate, law firm and government sectors.
The event began with a keynote address from Dean Joe Harroz. Dean Harroz emphasized to the students that grades in law school, and particularly in their first year, are not determinative of their success. He reminded students that there are many paths to reaching your ultimate dream job and professionals frequently change jobs throughout their career. He advised students to choose a career path and job based on their priorities, and to not be afraid to take risks in their career. Dean Harroz reminded students that, since this incoming class set academic records with the highest combined LSATs and GPAs than any other class, they are the most qualified class in the history of OU College of Law.
The students then broke into three separate sessions focused on careers in corporate law, private law firms and in the government. Speakers from Devon, Crowe & Dunlevy and the United States Attorney’s Office gave the students valuable insight into the many career paths that can lead to success in the legal profession.
The event concluded with a full dinner reception where attorneys from Crowe & Dunlevy and Devon Energy were available to visit with students one-on-one to discuss various career paths. The event was a tremendous success!
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