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Where Your Law Degree Can Take You: 5 Diverse Careers in Law

April 22, 2020 2 min read
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Be your genuine self and seek to build relationships. That means asking questions, listening with intent and knowing how you can be a solution to someone else’s problem. I fundamentally believe that we’re all meant to help each other to better the world. Go deep, not wide in those relationships. — Samantha Villanueva-Meyer

Earlier this month, Ironclad hosted a Zoom panel for 1L and 2L students, featuring five lawyers who took different paths in their careers — from Wall Street trader to paralegal-turned-partner in biglaw, to educator teaching STEM in an urban school district in Houston.

Our panelists included:

  • Simona Agnolucci, Litigation and Managing Partner at Wilkie Farr & Gallagher —  responsible for managing firm business as well as complex litigation, including class action and white collar defense. 
  • Jason Boehmig, Ironclad’s CEO and Co-founder, who also teaches law as an adjunct professor at the University of Notre Dame.
  • Efren Bonner, a graduate of Harvard School of Law, who partners with enterprise legal teams on implementation of the Ironclad platform in his role as a Legal Engineer.
  • Samantha Villanueva-Meyer, a graduate of UC Hastings School of Law, who serves as Enjoy Technology’s Chief Legal Officer, managing global legal and compliance functions. 
  • Chris Young, a graduate of Berkeley School of Law, who serves as Ironclad’s General Counsel, overseeing contracting, patent filing and legal initiatives. 

Hear their best, actionable advice on parlaying that law degree into a fulfilling career path (even one you might not have expected). Watch our on-demand video.

Zoom Panel Careers

  • How I Started My Career in Law – 7:16
  • What Does It Mean to Be a Legal Professional – 25:24
  • What Essential Foundations Does a Law Firm Provide? – 28:22
  • Why Go In-House? 30:48
  • Preparing for a Career in Business as a Lawyer 35:23
  • How Do You Go About Pursuing Opportunities After Law School? 37:29
  • Networking Tips 42:29

Be scrappy and be willing to put yourself out there. Jump off the cliff and do it because you never know what’s on the other side. For example, I got my appellate clerkship with a cold call.  – Simona Agnolucci


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Vera Devera leads Ironclad’s event programs. She’s passionate about creating extraordinary, one-of-kind experiences, and loves bringing people together. Connect with her on LinkedIn.

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