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UH Law Center alumnus Garrett, Jr. '05 describes alternative career path during "Dinner With a Lawyer" event

May 18, 2021 - Reginald W. Garrett, Jr.'s career thus far has been a testament to his entrepreneurial savvy. The 2005 graduate of the University of Houston Law Center has worked in a marketing role for six college athletics programs, established a consulting firm specializing and marketing and fiduciary services, and started a company that has become a delivery service partner with Amazon. 

Garrett served as a recent speaker in the "Dinner With a Lawyer" series, in a conversation moderated by Dean Leonard M. Baynes. While he does not practice law, his legal education has been beneficial.

"The law degree has definitely helped me," Garrett said. "It's a great conversation starter when people see it on your resume. More importantly, the fine tuning, legalese and training you go through assists me in so many different ways.

"It allowed me to take on more projects in college athletics departments. I was able to review contracts and give those to our legal counsel with my thoughts to make sure the university I worked at was covered. That was great helping me progress in my career."

When asked by an audience member what advice he would give to a law student considering a career outside of the profession, Garrett acknowledged that individual circumstances may differ, to pursue opportunities they are passionate about.

"No matter what job you're going to have, if you can truly find that inspiration in what you're going to wake up and do every day, that's the best way," he said. "Whether it's out of the legal field altogether, criminal law, defense or contract law, if you can find that early then hold onto that."

The Career Development Office hosts Lunch with a Lawyer and Dinner with a Lawyer events, which allows attorneys to have candid conversations with student and recent alumni about their practice areas and employer environments.


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