The first lawyer I ever met was my criminal law professor in college. Before that, I’d never so much as talked to a practicing attorney. But by the time I reached high school, I knew that I wanted to be a lawyer.
To be honest, the only perception I had of lawyers was how much people seemed to fear them. But being a logical teenager, I didn’t understand the fear. Lawyers looked just like everyone else — two eyes, arms, legs. Lawyers, to me, were normal people who knew something different, and they were there to help people who desperately needed information. Lawyers were able to answer all the tough questions, and that appealed to me.
Unfortunately, my high school never afforded me the opportunity to further explore my chosen career path. Being among lawyers at a young age would have not only affirmed my choice, but, I believe, would have helped me narrow down what branch of law I wanted to pursue.
Now that I am a practicing attorney, I realized I have an amazing opportunity to reach out to aspiring lawyers and show them what practicing law is all about. So I’m opening Dellutri Law Group’s doors and inviting high school students interested in law to spend a half-day with us! I wish I would have had this opportunity as a high school student.
I’ve found a lot of high school students are really interested in law, as their parents tell them to become doctors or lawyers from day one. But, like me, these kids have preconceived notions of what a lawyer does. Some think it’s all courtroom drama and “Law and Order.” Trust me, nothing could be further from the truth.
Allowing students to spend time in our firm means we are able to give them the backstage tour. We will answer all of their questions about the law and the practice, and hopefully, provide them with enough feedback to help them decide if they’re willing to commit to the education it takes to become a lawyer. And while I know that some might decide they don’t want to study law anymore, it’s my hope that the majority will be truly excited about what they can do with a law degree. I guarantee it will be a great experience for those students who are selected.
Since I started the firm, at least five of our former interns have gone on to pursue a law degree! Encourage your son, daughter, niece, or nephew to apply today.