I apologize for my two month hiatus but I have a sort-of valid excuse. I’ve taken a fellowship position in Geneva. That’s right, Geneva, Switzerland, a place where all my hard work towards passing the New York bar is being completely wasted. But wait, let me back up a few steps.
In December, facing the holidays and the possible start to the new year still unemployed, a culmination of lots of networking and lucky timing of a fellowship opportunity merged to offer me an overseas option. The question became – do I leave the country for six months to work in Geneva at one of the UN organizations in a department where I get to write about my area of the law but not “practice” law or remain in the U.S. and continue to attempt to land a truly “legal” job?
Obviously, I took the Geneva position. And, while the work experience is amazing and I am enjoying weekend trips to Italy and learning French, the question remains whether this was the smartest “path” in the current legal environment. Many of you might have been faced with similar decisions in a need to make money. Questioning whether you should be taking a business or policy job instead of continuing to search for a more legal practice option. Are we putting ourselves out of the running for traditional law firm practice positions? Should we have stuck around for possible contract positions that might have lead to something permanent? Should I have continued spending money I didn’t have to attend networking events and conventions to pass around my business cards? Or, do I even want to return and attempt to find a law firm job? Should I, instead, stay here and learn how to make cheese?
All equally valid questions that I just don’t have the answers to at the moment. Upon moving here, I took a month off of my job searching. So, now, that I’m picking back up the ever annoying job hunt game, I’ll let you know what kind of feedback I’m getting from this experience (or if nothing has really changed then I won’t hear anything).
And, so, the saga continues of My So-Called Legal Life. . .