Summer is Just Around the Corner
Ashley K. Tellier
J.D. Candidate 2015, UCI Law
Since I met one of UCI law’s most valuable mentors, Brooke Weitzman (Class of 2014), she has been telling me to always look out for my reputation: When I RSVP for speakers and don’t show up, people notice; when I promise to help at an event and don’t do so, people notice; when I go to pro bono projects and behave unprofessionally, people notice.
As we, rising 2Ls and 3Ls, prepare to welcome the Class of 2016, and to go out into our summer jobs, I want to share Brooke’s message with you all. However, I also invite you to look at this message in a two-fold manner.
First, your individual reputation matters. We all know that many law students graduate every year, however, the law profession continues to be relatively small. Starting now, people are paying attention to what we do: our work product, our ability to work with others, our timeliness, professionalism, etc. It is up to us to be remembered as the person that people can rely on and want to work with. This attitude does not begin after graduation; we must be conscious of this today.
Second, UCI Law’s collective reputation matters! Given the toddler status of our law school, each and every one of us will be seen as the representative sample of what our school has to offer. So keep in mind that when employers judge what we do, they are also judging the quality of students UCI is producing.
I know I have made slips too, but it’s something to keep in mind and work at. However, given how awesome we all are, I know we will all do an great job.
I hope you all have a great summer!