Katie writes an advice column for LexisNexis’ Learn Law Life platform, a platform for law students and gradutes dealing with study, careers and life in the law. You can submit questions to be answered in the column by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Dear Katie - I don’t want to be a lawyer, in which we wonder together about all the paths a law degree opens up that are not strict lawyerly legal practice.
Dear Katie – The virtue of taking a break during your law degree, in which I examine why you might take a break from study and how you might set yourself up for success during it.
Summer reading from the library of joy, in which I recommend fun nonfiction books that have nothing to do with law.
On macro joy, in which I remind any long-suffering readers that need it that decisions about your career can and probably should be made by reference to whether you will enjoy your day to day experience.
Dear Katie - How do I know area of law I should practise?, in which I set aside the idea of callings in favour of using your best information to figure things out as you go.
Dear Katie - Did the hours you spent studying prepare you for the hours of being a junior lawyer?, in which I say no, but that was actually ok.
Your grades are not your worth - Part 2 of my grades series, in which I implore all people (from low achievers through high achievers) to see grades for what they are, and occasionally remember the river of distortion university makes you swim in.
Dear Katie - How important are grades? - Part 1 of my grades series in which I answer a reader’s question: are there grades for anyone who didn’t do honours?
A theory of M&Ms and bowls, in which I explain my conception of mental capacity as an allotment of M&Ms, and how we should plan our days and lives to account for them.
Dear Katie - How do I stay optimistic about a career in law given all the news?, in which my heart breaks a bit, and I counsel the writer to stay the course by finding the places that law will love her back.
Dear Katie - How do I manage exam stress?, in which I steal Lauren Graham’s best advice for writing and feel totally fine about it since she stole it before me.
In Praise of Play, in which I urge you all to make dumb jokes for your own health.
Dear Katie - Should I take tax law?, in which I tell the writer to not take tax law while enthusing about how great tax law is.
The Professional Hazard of Mental Health, in which I examine the professional hazard of poor mental health in the law.
Welcome to Dear Katie, in which I explain who I am and what I’m doing here.