Feb. 6, 2012 – During today’s candid discussion about alternative career choices for J.D. students, University of Houston Law Center Professor Tony Chase told law students to pursue happiness rather than money. The key to doing this, he said, is by finding and following their passions. Chase’s presentation “The Road Less Traveled” was sponsored by the Black Law Students Association.
“No degree has better prepared me for what I do and have done in my career than my law degree,” Chase said. “Take what you learn here and broaden your horizons. I urge you all to love what you do, not the lifestyle it produces.”
While many law school graduates will seek employment as attorneys, there is also a wide range of career opportunities for students to explore outside the legal realm. “There are many things that you can do with a degree from the Law Center, and there are many things that need to be done. It’s about knowing yourself and doing what will actually make you happy,” Chase said. “You must also be ready for opportunities when they come and have the courage to act on them.”
Chase also encouraged students to take advantage of the numerous opportunities Houston has to offer. “There are several principle economic engines fueling our city and making it a place of tremendous opportunity. To be frank, there is no better place for students to get a law degree and go into the job market.”
Chase is the newly elected Chairman of the Board of the Greater Houston Partnership. His presentation was part of BLSA month. For a complete line up of this month’s events, click here.