One of my favorite things so far about my 2nd year of practice, is I have the amazing opportunity to teach a class at a local university. I have the privilege of teaching an MBA class on the legal and ethical environment of business. It is at a christian based university which I absolutely love! You may know my undergraduate degree is in business, and I started my MBA in law school (just barely) but decided: 1. None of the jobs I was applying for even cared if I got my MBA 2. No one would pay me more 3. It cost money 4. And I'd spend and entire extra year in school.
Not worth it. The opportunity cost of the lost income during that extra year of school, and the cost involved with adding on an MBA just did not make sense when employers weren't going to care. I'm not saying I won't go back and get my MBA later, but it is not the time now and it didn't make sense then. I'm not saying an MBA in law school is a bad idea for everyone either, there are plenty of places that will love that you have a JD and MBA.
So here I am, teaching students older than I am about the law and ethics. They've taught me so much, and they've reminded me time and time again that law school is totally different than other kinds of school.
The idea of a discussion based class with essay quizzes on fact patterns is a whole knew thing. I've taught them to read case law, and they've reminded me that reading cases is not easy :)
Its been a blast so far, and I've always thought teaching is something I'd enjoy. So far, I love it! One of my favorite things about getting my law degree is how many doors it has opened. I'm to the point where I have friends asking me questions left and right about all kinds of legal matters. I love that I can help them or at least point them in the direction that will help them.
Who knew I'd love being a teacher as much as I do! Also...no one told me that writing a midterm exam is probably just as time consuming as studying for one!