I'm beginning a 10-week fellowship in Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell's press office, and I took the bar exam this month, but I have no idea what will happen.
I'm starting to think way outside the box; I've been talking to recruiters for the Coast Guard about the Judge Advocate General's Corps. But even if that works out I still want to keep my foot in the door for a civilian law job.
I worked hard to get into law school, and I had hoped to become a lawyer for the state of Pennsylvania. But like everywhere, they're having major problems that led to a hiring freeze. It's forced me to come up with a new plan and think more broadly about career options.
I'd hoped to work in the public sector -- at a nonprofit or the ACLU -- but everyone is feeling the squeeze.
It's been tough, but I'm generally idealistic and optimistic overall. I did work for the Obama campaign, and I'm hopeful he can turn things around soon. But I know it might take a while.
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