27 AALL Spectrum 1 (2023)
When I was wrapping up my final semester of law school, I was fretting about what I would do next. The job market for new attorneys had tanked, less than half of my classmates had job offers lined up, I had no connections of my own that I could work, and worse, I still didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up. Expressing my anxiety to our school’s Westlaw rep at the time, she asked me to reflect on my favorite parts of law school. That was easy: I loved any class where I could write a research paper instead of taking a final. I relished every opportunity to take an advanced legal research course. I cherished my work as a Notes editor for one of our law journals and shepherding 2L staff members through the research and writing process with their Student Notes. I found I had a particular strength at advocating for and counseling clients in one of our clinics. And despite the stress that every semester brought, I was genuinely going to miss law school, because it felt like there were so many courses I never had the chance to take, and above all, I loved learning the law. “It sounds like you should be a law librarian,” she sagely advised, to which I naturally replied, “What’s a law librarian?” She smiled, suggested I make an appointment with one of the librarians in the, ahem, law library, to learn about their career, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Ahlbrand, Ashley A., "Build a Career That Aligns With Your Passions" (2023). Articles by Maurer Faculty. 3066.