Bottom line up front: The host asks thoughtful, pragmatic and interesting questions of prominent attorneys in a myriad of practice areas. Background/ perspective: The only lawyers I “knew” growing up were LT Daniel Kafee & Atticus Finch. I start law school in a few months. I’ve tried many law school niche podcasts and was pleasantly surprised to find one I genuinely enjoy listening to. Highlights: I’ve found this podcast to be an efficient (45 min at 1X but definitely able to listen at 1.5X) and quality way to learn more about different types of law. Since listening, I’ve had a noticeable improvement in my own abilities/ confidence in conducting my own informational interviews—- as that’s essentially how the host structures each show. Not currently in law school but plan to continue listening as I decide which type of law I want to practice. Audio quality is 💯( it’s professionally produced) Host is a Georgetown law professor
When is a podcast like having a personal legal career mentor? When it’s How I Lawyer with Professor Jonah Perlin. Every episode features uniquely relevant information about the art of lawyering presented through an engaging conversation with legal thought leaders. I just finished the episode with Professor Heidi Brown, and I think her perspective is a game changer for law students.
Professor Perlin has an absolutely star-studded lineup of guest speakers. This podcast has greatly expanded my view of what I can do with a law degree. He is also a great follow on Twitter!
As a first gen law student, I came into law school with a really narrow idea of what “being a lawyer” looks like. Listening to interviews with attorneys from such a wide range of practice settings and career paths has really opened my eyes to the exciting breadth of possibilities within the profession, and I’ve found that to be invaluable. In addition, the conversations themselves are just as interesting and wide-ranging as the slate of guests. How I Lawyer is a must-listen for anyone eager to learn more about the legal arena and the lives of those working within it
As a first-gen incoming law student, I have found Prof Perlin’s podcast to be an incredible resource, one that’s allowed me to explore a variety of legal practice areas and career paths!
Simply put, in a profession that constantly begs for your time but often wastes it, this podcast is actually worth the time spent.
I stumbled upon Professor Perlin’s podcast looking for a new listen and I am so glad I did! This podcast is a necessary listen for any current or prospective law student and even young attorneys could get something out of it!!! The mix of advice and storytelling while exploring the realities of the legal field keeps me coming back episode after episode!!
There are a ton of law student/junior attorney oriented podcasts out there and Professor Perlin’s is a standout—it's not overdone, it's honest, and he consistently succeeds at extracting unique, actionable advice from guests.
I’m a 1L going through the summer and post-grad job search processes. The in-depth conversations and insightful interview style of Jonah Perlin keep me coming back. My school’s career services professionals are top notch, but the 1-on-1 talks between Jonah and his guests are a crucial supplement. This is a must listen for all who seek to learn about the legal industry’s practice areas, professional best practices, and career development opportunities. It is clear that Jonah also has direct access to the interests, anxieties, and questions of current law students … and he does the lord’s work by addressing those in this podcast.
Highly recommend Professor Perlin’s podcast for all attorneys and students. He asks all the right questions of amazing lawyers across dozens of practice areas. I take a great deal from each episode, even those unrelated to my practice. Side benefit is the positive and encouraging tone of the podcast. I arrive to work energized and excited about the law.
I wish this podcast had been available when I was in law school, or for that matter when I was contemplating going to law school. There is so much about the practice of law and business side of the industry that one never learns as a student or as a young associate. The myriad perspectives - from leading litigators to senior in-house counsel - offer useful tips on what drives these highly accomplished practictioners to continue their work as notable figures in their respective fields.
I’ve been a litigator for over a decade and recently found this podcast through #lawtwitter and I have absolutely enjoyed every episode I’ve listened to so far. It’s so amazing to hear about the different paths many different lawyers have taken, what it took to get there, and what their work looks like now. Would highly recommend to law students considering their futures, lawyers looking for a career pivot, and also lawyers like me who mentor other law students and young lawyers, as the experiences of these diverse attorneys is incredibly insightful!
The most powerful thing a mentor can share with you is their story. In each episode of this podcast, Professor Perlin interviews a lawyer. They then share their professional journey and describe their typical work day and it’s tasks. Together, Professor Perlin and the interviewee also suggest how an aspiring lawyer may consider and approach the same or similar work. All of that in less than an hour! Absolutely essential listening, particularly for those who may not know different types of lawyers, or are struggling to choose between different opportunities.
A big thank you to Professor Perlin for putting this show together. These episodes are a great resource to think through future career options, even when (or maybe especially when) my takeaway from an episode is that I have no interest in the interviewee’s day-to-day work. The episodes cover a wide variety of legal careers and clearly reflect a lot of work by Professor Perlin.
I really enjoy listening to these podcasts. I especially like the breadth of topics covered.No matter what your area of practice you can find something to like on this podcast.
This is a terrific podcast for law students, future law-students, current lawyers considering a career change, and more. As a legal writing professor to first-year law students, I recommend this podcasts to my students and even incorporate some into my syllabus. Such a great addition to the podcast world.
This is a must-listen for current and future lawyers alike. I’ve been an attorney for about a decade, and I learn something valuable in every episode, whether the guest has had a similar career path to mine or not. Jonah is a great host, with insightful, thoughtful questions. Very glad to have discovered the show!
A terrific podcast and a must listen for new, young, and experienced lawyers alike. Great guests and well produced. Subscribe!
This is an absolutely fantastic podcast for lawyers at all levels. It has several practical tips on how to navigate legal profession, law school, networking, legal advocacy, ethics, clerkship, and above all mentorship from the best of this profession. Legal profession is so much more than just the law itself and is filled with very interesting people who bring their varied experiences with them to this profession to make a difference, in their own way, on a very human level. This podcast exposes the audience to those experiences and rekindles ones belief that law is a tool to make good things happen; that failures are just steps to success; that help others if you want others to help you. Jonah has done a tremendous job on collecting timeless wisdom in one place from the legal giants.
With every episode, Jonah Perlin continues to add to the superb and wide-ranging cast of current and former lawyers who share vignettes about their law school experience, legal practice, and at times, reasons they no longer practice. As a soon-to-be law student, I’ve appreciated the opportunity to learn from Prof. Perlin and How I Lawyer Podcast guests and to reshape my—admittedly limited—view of what it means to practice law. Thank you for the invaluable resource and please keep the episodes coming!
I highly recommend this podcast to law students and new lawyers! The conversations are honest and educational, akin to Guy Raz's "How I Built This.” Professor Perlin's thoughtful interview style and genuine curiosity elicit practical, in-depth responses from guest attorneys. I've learned how diverse legal practice can be, and I look forward to every episode! Keep them coming.
I am loving learning from all these amazing guests. The breadth of the experience is inspiring and the host really let’s folks shine. Can’t wait for the next episode!
I’m another 3L who suffers from career analysis paralysis. There are times when I’m listening to the podcast and I forget that Jonah didn’t make it specifically for me. Jonah, the host, is naturally curious, patient when probing, and has consistently crushed booking a wide range of really awesome people as his guests. This has been a strange, lonely, and (in many ways) uninspiring year for me and some of my friends, and while I consider that to be indicative of how lucky I am, I would be lying if I didn’t acknowledge the part of me that was looking for a reminder of why I went to law school. This podcast has consistently been a source of inspiration. Jonah gathered good people working on hard problems and he got them to share how they think about the world. A beautiful thing. Thank you for making this!
As a young lawyer, I often wonder how other lawyers do the job. This podcast answers that question and more. It’s a great resource and I look forward to many more episodes.
Professor Perlin asks any and every question that young and aspiring lawyers want to know in order to be successful. Highly recommended listen!
I will take any chance I can get to pretend I’m back in the classroom with Professor Perlin!
In law school they teach you a lot about the law, but not a whole lot about what lawyers actually do. This podcast is a fantasic resource for anyone who wants to learn more about different career paths and options that exist in the legal field. As a law student myself, I can say that it's unlikely I ever would have submitted apps for positions related to higher ed had I not listened to a guest on this show go through what she likes so much about the field. For someone with little podcasting experience, he really does a great job. 10/10, can’t wait to see who’s on the show next.
Thanks to Prof Perlin for putting together a podcast that lets every listener have that “how’d you get there, and what do you really do?” conversation without actually attending a networking happy hour or finding an opportunity to chat with a speaker after an event.