Picture this, it'a a beautiful sunny Saturday, you are at the local park with your kid, and then as you are casually scrolling you receive a new email notification that you have been invited to the Lowenstein Sandlers Inaugural Law Student Institute. To say that I was excited would be an understatement. I had a feeling that it was a great opportunity, but I didn't quite know what this invitation meant. I texted my mentor (She is absolutely amazing, but that's a blog post for another day!) and I also did my own research. This is how I found out that law firms actually start recruiting even before you take your first class in law school. To be honest it was both exciting and incredibly scary at the same time. To know that I was already on the radar added to the pressure that I already put on myself, but it also gave me a boost of confidence that if they can already see my potential then I have to be doing something right. I have heard people talk about imposter syndrome, and I battled that for the first time (I'm sure it won't be the last.) and won!
After my initial shock of what this could possibly mean for my future I started to research the program and found out that this firm also has a LS Scholars Program which offers 1Ls in the program both a paid summer associate position, and a scholarship. If selected to be in this program, the possibilities are endless as Lowenstein Sandler has an impeccable reputation for being a great firm to work for. I know that this is not the only program of its kind, but it's the first one that I encountered so I did a deep dive into the firm and this program to find out as much information as I possibly could.
If you go on their website and take a look around you would see that the things that they pride themselves on are actually pretty amazing. Not to mention that Vault, which is a 3rd party company, has them highly ranked near the top as well. ( https://access.vault.com/company-profiles/law/lowenstein-sandler-pc ) They are ranked very high as a workplace for females, quality of work, hours, and so much more. Not to mention that their salary starts at $3,700 a week for 1L Summer Associates, and $190,000 for first year associates. As you can imagine, seeing a firm that cares about the same things as I do, seeing that they value their associates, and having that firm invite you to an event that they are having, it almost feels like destiny. It is still early in the game and I am still learning the ins and outs, but if this is the very first opportunity that has been presented to me, I have to admit that I am so excited to see what the future holds, and that I feel even more assured that I am on the correct path for my life. Money most certainly isn't everything, but I honestly never thought that opportunities like this would ever be in my realm of possibilities, so to read that places like this exist are the stuff dreams are made of and almost seem implausible, but I found last years program information written in black and white, and I posted it below. This is my first blog, and I am writing about all the unknown that I encounter and learn about, or just whatever is going on in my world at the time, so if you have any suggestions please feel free to reach out to me in the contact section of www.melanatedlaw.org and I may use your idea for a future blog post. Thanks for reading, and don't forget to subscribe!!