The Different Ways of Lawyering

The Different Ways of Lawyering

In this week’s episode, Jelena and Branden get you started on that process by exploring the different functions lawyers perform.

Show notes

Most people don’t really know enough about the law before they go to law school to pick a specific area of law to practice, and that’s okay because they get three years (sorta) to make up their minds.

In this week’s episode, Jelena and Branden get you started on that process by exploring the different functions lawyers perform. The biggest divide is between litigation (representing clients in lawsuits) and transactional law (representing clients in dealmaking), but there are plenty of other comfortable niches for people with the letters JD after their name, and you’ll know all about it after listening to this episode.

Listen and learn . . .

  1. How to figure out whether you’re more suited to litigation or transactional work
  2. How areas of law people know about like criminal and appellate law fit into the litigation/transactional divide
  3. How to get that cushy in-house counsel job
  4. What to do if you want to teach the law or be a judge
  5. How to use your time in law school to pursue any one of these careers

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Jelena Woehr

Jelena Woehr

Jelena was born & raised in Golden, CO. There she cut her teeth on logic by getting into, then out of, an impressive amount of trouble. When not organizing student protests or lobbying the school board, Jelena competed in equestrian sports & constitutional debate. Jelena took the June 2017 LSAT, partly out of curiosity and partly because she developed a serious Logic Games addiction. After three months of study, Jelena achieved a score of 178. While she didn't end up falling in love with law school, she did find herself really enjoying the LSAT—so much that she left her previous career in tech startups behind and began teaching. Jelena prides herself on helping her students understand not just the systems and methods they can apply to get a good score, but the underlying logic & its applicability to the challenge of learning to think like a law student. Outside of her work with the LSAT, Jelena is a writer, creative content producer, & a competitive equestrian endurance rider.

Branden Frankel

Branden Frankel

In 2000, Branden graduated with a BA in Philosophy from UC Santa Barbara. For a few years after, he cast about in vain for entry-level philosopher positions, but, when he was visited by the Ghost of Student Loans Past, he knew it was time to make a change. In June 2006, Branden took the LSAT, scoring a 175. Thereafter, he attended UCLA School of Law, graduating in 2010 and practicing patent law for several years. Since 2013, he has taught dozens of live LSAT classes and tutored scores of successful test takers. When he's not considering the finer points of a particularly tricky Logical Reasoning question or kicking it with his daughter, Branden writes Science Fiction. You can find him after work at the local Starbucks, typing furiously, then deleting what he typed, then typing more, and so on for hours.


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