THE ADVOCATE 861
VOL. 76 PART 6 NOVEMBER 2018
By Derek LaCroix, Q.C.*
WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH YOUR LAW DEGREE?
What can you do with your law degree? The answer is “anything you want”.
The law degree is a valuable credential. To obtain it required dedication,
commitment, effort, intelligence and other readily transferable skills and
abilities. In addition to “the law”, you learned to “think like a lawyer”—that
is, to analyze; present persuasive arguments; write in a cogent manner;
organize your thoughts; consider various opinions; and critique and learn
to apply rules, laws and systems to varying factual situations. You are
remarkable, unique, highly intelligent and able to learn. The law degree is
an education and a credential, just like any other education and credentials
you may have. What you do with those depends on you.
The better question would be “what do you want to do now with your law
degree?” This is a question that can be asked throughout your life and
career. It is a normal part of growth to make changes. This process of
change takes place throughout life and is best kept up with. The first challenge
is to find out what you want.
We at LAPBC can help you enter a process of exploration to find out what
might be the next thing for you to do. We can help you find answers to a
range of questions: What do you want? What do you value? What are your
interests? What skills do you have? What type of personality traits and preferences
do you have? What turns you on? As billionaire businessman Malcolm
Forbes once said, “The only career advice of any value is to do what
turns you on.”
* Derek LaCroix, Q.C., is the executive director of the Lawyers Assistance Program of BC (“LAPBC”). As your humble editor
tweaked this article in a dark room on a sunny Saturday afternoon, Derek was at the Vancouver Folk Festival sipping on
a cool favoured LaCroix™ beverage. You can see how deciding what to do with your law degree can have profound impliactions