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Alan Kennedy-Shaffer - Employed (temporarily)
Alan Kennedy-Shaffer - Employed (temporarily)
School: College of William and Mary
Major: J.D. (Law)
Current town: Mechanicsburg, PA
Salary: $360/week
Age: 25

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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Last updated September 04 2009: 12:17 PM ET
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