How Working Before Law School Benefits Career - James McCormick

In Chapter 3 of 12 in his 2010 Capture Your Flag interview with host Erik Michielsen, legal career advisor James McCormick shares how working with lawyers in arbitration and dispute resolution before applying to law school informed his career. Working directly with lawyers provides McCormick an on-the-job perspective that not only shapes his law school application decision but also, over time, his long-term career planning decisions. McCormick is a Vice President at Empire Search Partners ( in New York City. Before transitioning into legal career advisory services, McCormick practiced law as an employee benefits and executive compensation attorney for both Proskauer Rose ( and Jones Day ( He holds a JD from Tulane University Law School ( and a BA in History from the University of Michigan (