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Heidi S. Alexander


Massachusetts Law Office Management Assistance Program (LOMAP)


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Lesson 2

Shaping Your Own Path to Career Success, Satisfaction, and Happiness

“I attended a state school, Rutgers School of Law in Newark, New Jersey. I made the most of my law school experience—I led student-run activist groups, participated in a domestic violence survivor advocacy program, worked in the constitutional litigation clinic, served as editor-in-chief of the law review, and more. Upon graduation, I clerked for a justice on the highest court of the state of New Jersey. If that wasn’t enough, at the same time I got my EMT license and volunteered on a local squad. After failed attempts to obtain a post-clerkship public interest fellowship, I focused my job search on joining a practice aligned with my passion to advance civil rights and to make a real difference in the world. After what felt like a never-ending spiderweb of networking, I stumbled upon a small general practice firm in Boston that excelled in special education and plaintiff’s-side employment law. I joined as an associate with its employment law and litigation team. … What I didn’t take into consideration was whether I’d actually enjoy the work. Clerking was a wonderful experience and taught me valuable skills, but I wasn’t particularly good at it, nor did I love the actual work—reviewing loads of documents, conducting research, developing arguments, drafting memos, briefs, and even opinions. Yes, I said it. Feels nice to get that off my chest.”

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