Job Title: VP Of Regulatory Products
Education: BA in History and Political Science, UMass Amherst Juris Doctor, Hastings College of the Law
Previous Experience: I interned in college at a law office for students - this confirmed my interest in law. I then went to law school and worked for a judge and then a law firm in the summers. The law firm hired me to work after law school and the bar exam. I did general business litigation for a number of years before beginning my present position.
Job Tasks: I work for a large publishing company - they publish paper products (i.e. books) and have electronic books and research databases. I work in the electronic or online portion of the business. Specifically, I work in the areas of healthcare, life sciences, corporate counsel and human resources.
I make sure we have all the electronic content that someone in these fields would need to make sure they are following all the laws that apply to them - this is called compliance. We also have a software that has lots of questions that we ask our customers to make sure they are complying with the law. I write a lot of these questions and that involves a lot of research!
A typical day for me includes two to three meetings - these largely relate to managing the content we have online - does it look ok? Is it current? Is it presented in a good format? I also conduct a lot of research on different topics - I do this to keep our website current and in response to direct questions from our customers. Sometimes I draft questions on different or new topics. If a law gets passed, we need to make sure we have the law up on our system and that we have questions our customers can answer to see if they are following the law. I manage five editors, and so I need to talk with them about the nuts and bolts of putting data up on our websites.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: I really like research - digging into books and trying to solve a problem or answer a question. I do this a lot, which is why I like my job so much.
The worst part of my job is meetings, meetings, meetings, especially when they run long and seem to have no purpose.
1. Do an internship in the legal field to ensure that you know what it is like and what you are committing to before going to law school.
2. Once in school, explore the different areas of the law to find out where your interests are.
3. Get a mentor!
Additional Thoughts: A legal career can be a struggle for many women who want to have families - it is very time consuming.
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