Meet Tom Lee
Assistant Director of Career Services
Hometown: I grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. I lived in Lancaster, Pennsylvania while attending Franklin and Marshall College and relocated back to Baltimore to earn my J.D.
What do you enjoy most about your role at Dickinson Law? I enjoy working with our dynamic faculty and students in the career-search process. I also love to learn from employers about what their needs are and how well alumni have performed.
A Dickinson Law favorite: Dickinson Law’s Career Services Office is distinct because of its low advisor-to-student ratio. Our mission is to connect students to careers that are fulfilling and rewarding.
Best piece of advice for students pursuing a career in law: There is nothing wrong with not knowing what type of law you want to practice before you go to law school. Law school is your opportunity to learn what type of lawyer (and person) you want to be, and not what type of lawyer you think you should be. There is a difference between the two. Different practice settings or firms are like different villages, which is why finding a like-minded group is so important.
Favorite resource for keeping up with employment law trends and news: I believe the best resource for keeping up with employment law trends and news are the lawyers that you know, your law school professors, and my fellow colleagues in Dickinson Law’s Career Services Office. Ask the experts!
What do you feel is different about the legal employment market now compared to when you were seeking your first job as a new attorney? The amount of information available to law students online about legal employment has expanded exponentially. When I was seeking my first job as a new attorney, you could not search Google like you can today.
Is there an event hosted by the Law School that you look forward to every year? I look forward to on-campus interview season for our law students. It is a unique opportunity to connect students to potential employers. I also look forward to any event where students can network with alumni or potential employers.
What do you enjoy in your spare time? I enjoy planning excursions and traveling with my family. We like to escape to the beach or mountains to recharge or spend time outdoors in the fresh air. Sometimes, you will find me fly fishing on one of Pennsylvania’s limestone streams or creeks. A pleasant day would involve hiking to a remote location and fishing for native brook trout.
Share an interesting fact about you. I like meeting new people and connecting people with new opportunities. I genuinely enjoy connecting the dots and helping people succeed.
Life before Dickinson Law: I served as a partner at a local midsized law firm with a background in civil litigation. I have called southcentral Pennsylvania home for the last eighteen years. I am married to Aubrey Lee, who is the chair of the English Department at Bishop McDevitt High School. I have two sons, Elliott and Finn.