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Law Careers: From the Liberal Arts to Law School and Beyond



Speaker: Jim Durling, J.D.

Partner, International Trade Law; Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle, LLP

Haverford College, BA 1980 (major: history) 

NYU Law School, JD 1984
Princeton University, MPA 1984 (field: applied economics)

Jim Durling (father of Jamie '14) has specialized in international trade law since 1984 -- coming up on 30 years in the legal trenches. His time included a few years living in Japan (1988-1991), several years as the hiring partner at one of his firms, and living through both the mid 1980s surge in the legal business and the more recent bust over the past five years. His work is mostly with clients in Asia, so he travels extensively to Tokyo, Beijing, Seoul, and other places in Asia. Most of his time has been in the DC offices of various national law firms. For a complete profile visit:

Mr. Durling will address the transition from small liberal arts schools to graduate programs -- Haverford and Davidson are very similar schools, and NYU and Princeton are definitely very different than liberal arts schools. He will also speak to interdisciplinary joint degree programs, since his JD-MPA program was just such a program. He will also speak to both the DC market but also life in big law firms and his career in international trade law.



Knobloch Campus Center Alvarez- Room 209

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