3L Ryan Hart

3L Ryan Hart
Hometown: Harrisburg, PA
Post-Graduate Employment: Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP, Wilmington, DE

Ryan Hart credits a corporate law course he took at Dickinson Law with steering him toward a new career he’ll begin upon graduation. Come September, Hart—who studied history at Shenandoah University, West Virginia—will begin work as an associate in the business planning and transactions practice group at Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP, Wilmington, Delaware. Before he started law school, Hart thought he’d end up practicing insurance law.

“I’ve had a lot of really great professors, but Professor Lance Cole and Professor Camille Marion both stand out,” Hart said. “I wasn’t sure that I wanted to pursue a career in corporate law until I took courses with Professor Cole. He’s a really great professor, and he knows the subject matter inside and out. I also took Professor Marion’s Legal Writing course, and she helped me hone my writing skills. She also helped me a lot when I was navigating the interview process with firms.”

Hart explained that after college, he worked in the insurance industry and had planned to try and find a job related to insurance after law school. “I still find insurance law to be really interesting (I’m not sure many people say that!), but I enjoyed my business law classes and my experiences working on corporate matters at my firm during the summer, so I decided that I wanted to start my career doing corporate work,” he said.

Hart has an optimistic attitude about what awaits him upon graduation. “I think that a career in law is a career that gives you so many options. Dickinson Law gives you a wide range of skills that can prepare you for many opportunities down the road,” Hart said.

He offers sage advice to anyone contemplating the rigors of law school. “I had the opportunity to go to law school right out of undergrad, but I chose to get a job and study a bit more for the LSAT. If anyone is unsure about whether to jump into law school right after undergrad, I would 100 percent recommend working for a bit for two reasons,” Hart said. “First, it’s much easier to transition from a full-time job to law school than it is to transition from undergrad to law school. It’s important to put in a lot of time in law school, and if you are used to long workweeks, then it won’t be difficult to put in those long hours for law school. Second, prior job experience leads to great conversations during interviews. While some employers will care only about grades, many employers like to see that you’ve held a job before and have done well at it. Being able to talk about these experiences during interviews will help distinguish you from the many otherwise-qualified law students.”