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2 Next Steps in My Life By Natalie Cook CIS 1020

3 My Motto: Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe. – Gail Devers

4 At Western I am in the Lee Honors College Have to maintain a GPA of 3.50 or higher Community service Honors classes Complete a thesis Double Majoring in Business Management and Psychology Deans List Trying to improve chances of getting into a good law school Western Michigan University

5 Next step to becoming a Corporate Lawyer is taking the LSAT during the summer before my senior year at WMU Going to enroll in an LSAT prep class offered by Kaplan- likely to increase LSAT score Take LSAT Goal: (180 being perfect, 120 being the worst) Next Step: LSAT

6 Do I want to leave MI? If so, what state? Location Is my score high enough? LSAT Score Do they have a program? Is it a good one? Corporate Law Program Is the Schools Job placement rate high or low? Are there good internships opportunities available Job Placement/ Internships How much is tuition? How long will I be in debt for loans? Tuition/ Debt Choosing the Right Law School

7 Top Choices of Law Schools University of Michigan Location: Michigan Median LSAT: 169 Tuition per year: $46,830 Acceptance Rate: 21.4% Law School Rating: 11 th Job Placement Rating: 96.8% Stanford University Location: California Median LSAT: 170 Tuition per year: $49,179 Acceptance Rate: 9.8% Law School Rating: 3 rd Job Placement Rating: 95%

8 After law school, I must choose where I want to practice law at, such as Michigan, California, etc. Then in that state I have to take the Bar Exam for that state. The Bar Exam is a test to determine if a certain candidate is able to practice law in that state Must pass in order to practice law Bar Exam

9 After I pass the Bar Exam I will be able to start looking for jobs What I would do: provide legal assistance involve new business laws and regulations, labor relations, employee contracts, tax issues, civil suits, employee injury, patents, contracts, etc. Possible Jobs: Partners in a firm In-house counsel at a corporation Jobs

10 Starting salaries depend on where you practice Location Big City or Smaller Town In-house counsel or firm Firm Big firm with over 700 lawyers- starting salaries $165,000 Small firm with only 200 lawyers- starting salaries $105,000 Salaries

11 Next Steps Reviewed Graduate WMU Take the LSAT Get into a Top Tier Law School Pass the Bar Exam Get a great job

12 Thank you The End


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