Yale Career Panels: A Candid View of the Legal Profession

Yale Career Panels: A Candid View of the Legal Profession
Tue, 11/10/2015 - 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Time: Tuesday, November 10, 2015 from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm EST

(The panelists have agreed to stay for an additional 30 minutes from 5:30 pm to 6 pm to answer additional questions.)


Locations and Webinar:

New York Location: Conference Room 2909 at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, 1285 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York

Yale Location: Room 119, William Harkness Hall, 100 Wall Street, Yale University

Webinar: Streaming video


Registration: http://yalecareerpanels-legal.eventbrite.com

Please register for just one venue (New York, Yale or the Webinar)


This event is the eighteenth in a series covering different professions.  The concept is to have a diverse panel of lawyers in different areas of the law, who will provide candid views of their profession.  Our four panelists represent different perspectives:  a general counsel of a leading pharmaceutical company, two partners from private law firms, and a judge.


The panel discussion will be conducted simultaneously in New York City and at Yale, with the panelists and the moderator in New York. The two meeting rooms will be connected via video conference and the audience will be at both locations. Yale students and alumni are welcome to attend at either location. In addition, the panel discussion will be broadcast over the internet as a streaming video for those who cannot attend in person.



Leslie Fagen, Partner, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison

Timothy Harkness, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer



  • Where is the profession heading (good and bad)?
  • How do you get into the profession and what is the typical career path?
  • What are the myths versus the realities?
  • What are the characteristics of people who tend to do well and are happy in the profession?
  • What types of people tend not to do well or end up unhappy and why?
  • If you don’t stay in the profession until retirement, what are the exit routes to other professions?