For a year from 2018 to 2019 Katie wrote an advice column for LexisNexis’ Learn Law Life platform, a platform for law students and graduates dealing with study, careers and life in the law. You can submit questions to be answered in the column by emailing email@example.com.
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A list of advice to graduates, in which I collect all the things I wish I had been told or known when I was a recent law graduate into one handy numerical list, and reflect on a year of answering law students’ questions.
Dear Katie, How do I get started in a legal career? I answer this and many other related questions about how to make your way at the start.
On therapy: the dumb myths that surround it, and the reasons to try it it out, in which I explain how I went from scared and sceptical of therapy to a big ol’ convert.
Become an expert quitter, in which I explain why knowing how and when to quit things is a means to much peace and pleasure.
Dear Katie, How do I reconcile my desire to be a lawyer against their reputation for being slimy? This is a very fair concern, but there are lots of ways to reduce the risk of slime.
Paper beats rock, habits beat goals, in which I elaborate on how good habits are made and why they are a better tool with which to build a nice life than goals.
Dear Katie, What are some habits I can develop in law school that will help me in my career? Well, Ryan, 19, allow me to get over my delight at your question and let you know.
Engage with the difficulty, in which I steal from the great Richard Scragg for the betterment of all.
Millennials and Generation Z: We have to use the phone, in which I write an article that I know will make everyone mad in the hope that people read the whole thing before they do.
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.