If you missed our Career Conversation with Corporate Lawyer Maura Nugent Martinelli this spring you can read about the discussion below:
In an informal setting, a group of BC students received the benefit of the experiences and tips of corporate lawyer Maura Nugent Martinelli, BC ’03. Maura is a graduate of Boston University School of Law and currently works as a third-year associate at the Boston firm of Goodwin Proctor. She explained corporate law as time spent drafting agreements and contracts as well as representing corporations, which is more collaborative and less adversarial.
Many students posed questions about work-life balance, and Maura acknowledged the pressure to work late hours and almost an “investment banking” environment where there are big sacrifices but big rewards. She told us those who do well in large firms are very ambitious and willing to put in those long hours. It is common for lawyers to spend a few years in “big law” and then transition to in-house counsel at a business, where work hours are closer to the standard 9 to 5.
Maura left students thinking about law school and a legal career with a few questions to consider:
- Are you willing and able to take on the financial commitment?
Many law students graduate with huge debt, which leads to pressure to take the high paying jobs that might not be the most personally rewarding.
- Are you going to like it? Do you really want it?
She mentioned that those can be tricky things to determine until you’re really in the profession, but her advice is to spend as much time as you can in legal internships (even if unpaid) in order to gauge your interest.
– Amanda Brannigan, College of Arts and Sciences, Class of 2013