var googletag = googletag || {}; googletag.cmd = googletag.cmd || []; googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.pubads().disableInitialLoad(); });
device = device.default;
//this function refreshes [adhesion] ad slot every 60 second and makes prebid bid on it every 60 seconds // Set timer to refresh slot every 60 seconds function setIntervalMobile() { if (! return if (adhesion) setInterval(function(){ googletag.pubads().refresh([adhesion]); }, 60000); } if(device.desktop()) { googletag.cmd.push(function() { leaderboard_top = googletag.defineSlot('/22018898626/LC_Article_detail_page', [468, 60], 'div-gpt-ad-1591620860846-0').setTargeting('pos', ['1']).setTargeting('div_id', ['leaderboard_top']).addService(googletag.pubads()); googletag.pubads().collapseEmptyDivs(); googletag.enableServices(); }); } else if(device.tablet()) { googletag.cmd.push(function() { leaderboard_top = googletag.defineSlot('/22018898626/LC_Article_detail_page', [320, 50], 'div-gpt-ad-1591620860846-0').setTargeting('pos', ['1']).setTargeting('div_id', ['leaderboard_top']).addService(googletag.pubads()); googletag.pubads().collapseEmptyDivs(); googletag.enableServices(); }); } else if( { googletag.cmd.push(function() { leaderboard_top = googletag.defineSlot('/22018898626/LC_Article_detail_page', [320, 50], 'div-gpt-ad-1591620860846-0').setTargeting('pos', ['1']).setTargeting('div_id', ['leaderboard_top']).addService(googletag.pubads()); googletag.pubads().collapseEmptyDivs(); googletag.enableServices(); }); } googletag.cmd.push(function() { // Enable lazy loading with... googletag.pubads().enableLazyLoad({ // Fetch slots within 5 viewports. // fetchMarginPercent: 500, fetchMarginPercent: 100, // Render slots within 2 viewports. // renderMarginPercent: 200, renderMarginPercent: 100, // Double the above values on mobile, where viewports are smaller // and users tend to scroll faster. mobileScaling: 2.0 }); });

The Life and Career of Mary Birmingham, University of Arizona Law School

( 35 votes, average: 4.4 out of 5)
What do you think about this article? Rate it using the stars above and let us know what you think in the comments below.
<<Mary began her adult working life as a school teacher, but five years into this work, her salary had risen to a less-than-robust $9,500 annually, making her wonder if this figure, even if adjusted for inflation, would be her economic fate. Parenthetically, while a teacher, she had become interested in environmental matters and as her interest deepened, she concluded that by becoming an attorney she could back up her environmental interests with action.

However, in law school, Mary developed a new interest, this one in labor law and the labor movement in general. Once she had graduated from the University of Tulsa Law School, she journeyed to Washington State, where she found work with a labor union and picked up a Master's Degree in Labor Studies at Eastern Washington University. After three years, she returned to Oklahoma as a litigator working on Securities, Employment, Oil and Gas matters. It was during this period that the opportunity to become the Career Services head at the University of Tulsa was presented to her. She took it.

''I worked at the University of Tulsa almost nine years,'' she says, ''before moving to the University of Arizona, where I've now worked for the past ten years.'' Reflecting on this time, she said, ''I quickly found that the pleasure of this work is associating with adults moving into a new profession. Their problems are certainly predictable …how to pay for their education, how to find a job…but each case is slightly different and each person must be considered separately and within his or her own contextual reality.

''What is most difficult is dealing with students' disappointment when they don't get the job they want. It is my job to persuade them that it is not the end of the world, and to encourage them to look differently at their job search.''

The Career Office at the University of Arizona College of Law is best known among the cognoscenti for its' break-through work in getting jobs for First Years in the summer before their second law school year. The program is titled the Public Sector Summer Clerkship Program.

''Our clerkship program offers 60-70 paid internships not just in Arizona but throughout the country,'' Mary says. ''Last summer, for instance, we had three of our students working in Alaska working for the Anchorage City Attorney's Office.

''Our first year class size averages around 150, which means that in a typical year, nearly half of our first-years get these paid positions. And it makes a difference. For one, they come back much more mature in the legal practice aspect. Secondly, we have observed that they perform better when they interview with prospective employers for both new summer internships and full-time employment. The key to getting this program launched was being able to get University federal work-study funds assigned to the law school for this program, which reimburses participating employers 75% of the cost of employing a student. The paperwork, and coordination with the Financial Aid Office, took months to complete, but it was worth it.''

We congratulated Mary and her colleagues for helping found and establish such a useful and innovative program and asked her how the employment aspects were for her graduates.

''For starters, the economy in Arizona is fairly strong, and stable. In addition, Phoenix, where many of our graduates practice, is now one of the ten largest cities in the country and Las Vegas is the country's fastest growing city. This doesn't always translate into more legal jobs, but for the moment this definitely seems to be working in our favor.''

We thanked Mary for the interview and asked if she had any advice for career services people just entering the profession. She thought about this a moment.

''Advice? Well, sure. First, enjoy your work,'' she said. ''When we do our jobs well and help our students and alumni, we make a difference in their lives. Not that many jobs offer the chance to have such a direct and personal effect.''

See latest Arizona attorney career opportunities here.

University of Arizona


Featured Testimonials

LawCrossing has excellent facilities like email alerts. I would be very much happy to recommend the website to others.


LawCrossing Fact #169: Give up that one coffee a day and pay for your site membership insteadyou are sure to find some great new job opportunities!

Let's Do It!

Only LawCrossing consolidates every job it can find in the legal industry and puts all of the job listings it locates in one place.

  • We have more than 25 times as many legal jobs as any other job board.
  • We list jobs you will not find elsewhere that are hidden in small regional publications and employer websites.
  • We collect jobs from more than 250,000 websites and post them on our site.
  • Increase your chances of being seen! Employers on public job boards get flooded with applications. Our private job boards ensure that only members can apply to our job postings.

Success Stories

LawCrossing is fantastic! When I am looking for a job, it is the first place I come to. The service is very good and I enjoyed the emails. LawCrossing has more jobs and it is more tailored. Other sites gave a lot of irrelevant results. Your site may have a great algorithm, but it felt like an actual person choosing jobs they felt would be good based on my search. I will always recommend this site!
  • Ann Harris Harvey, LA