The 2L Learning Path
2L – Fall
Focus: Financial information to help second-year law students explore the financial aspects of various career paths, compare job offers using a set criteria and understand the financial aspects of employee benefits as part of a job offer. Students will identify strategies for accommodating big purchases in their financial goals and spending plan. They will also examine debt-to-income ratio and how that affects their financial health.
- Exploring Your Career Path
Learning Objective: Identify various legal areas of specialization, comparing income potential and expenses associated with clerkships, internships and the job search.
- Understanding Benefits
Learning Objective: Evaluate how the various types of employee benefits can increase overall compensation when evaluating job offers.
- Comparing Job Offers
Learning Objective: Identify criteria to use in comparing full-time positions.
- Exploring Solo Business
Learning Objective: Consider the pros and cons of starting your own practice, and the steps to take if this is a route you want to pursue.
2L – Spring
Focus: Financial information to help students look at how current life situations affect tax obligations and approaches. Students will identify strategies for accommodating big purchases in their financial goals and spending plan. They will also examine the debt-to-income ratio and how that affects their financial health.
- Personal Tax Strategy
Learning Objective: Identify how to appropriately adjust federal tax withholdings to match life situation. Identify if tax refund can be used to help fund expenses such as bar exam or summer expenses.
- Debt-to-Income Ratio
Learning Objective: Identify debt in relation to current or future income to determine borrowing power and how to leverage it.
- Strategic Purchasing
Learning Objective: Identify strategies for optimizing big purchases within your financial goals and spending plan – including whether, when and how to purchase.
- Financial Planning
Learning Objective: Identify the benefits of a financial plan and understand how to implement one to achieve your financial goals.