by MaryElizabeth Dowell
Witness the new face of post-J.D. careers: behind a camera in a lecture hall at a student event, or at the head of the room fixing a PowerPoint display for a guest lecturer, impacting the daily lives of all Levin students and faculty. Audio-video technician Stephanie Falcon, 31, keeps the tech aspect of Levin humming along.
Falcon has been working with Levin’s Technology Services department since her first year of law school in 2009, as a law student, and until her bar passage. With an undergraduate degree in telecommunications, working with AV equipment and technology came naturally.
Falcon first worked as an associate attorney drafting legal documents for Touchton Law and then doing document review as a law clerk for Fine, Farkash & Parlapiano. She then returned to Technology Services as a temporary assistant for a summer event, but was later offered a permanent position. Falcon finds her work with the Technology Services department rewarding, viewing it as a crucial part of the college’s ability to provide a modern legal education experience.
“I think that the technology department is a really integral part of the college, because technology is heavily used in the legal industry, and it really impacts how professors can run their classes, such as being able to record classes and offer them on the internet if needed, like for holidays,” says Falcon, “I think if we didn’t have that kind of stuff, it would really hurt what the law school could offer.”
In Falcon’s opinion, the law school seems like a different place than when she was a student.
“It is totally different now because there is a different dean, Dean Rosenbury, and I’m like ‘on the inside’ now. It’s interesting to see it from that side, talking to professors as a colleague instead of as someone who’s above me.”
The change in technology available in the law school is also a prominent difference between her time as a student and her current employment.
“It used to be that if a professor wanted to record a class, we’d have to take this cart to the room, set up all these microphones, a million steps,” Falcon said. “Now, I can essentially just walk into the classroom and hit record.”
As a law graduate working in a non-J.D. requirement position, Falcon is representative of recent evolution in how law graduates shape their careers in non-traditional ways. As advice to law students who may not know what they want to do after they graduate, Falcon suggests that students keep an open mind.
“I would say try different things. Think outside the box. Think of different skills you learned in school. Forget that it was law school. Think, ‘I learned to write. I learned to reason. I learned to negotiate.’ And decide what you can do based on those skills. You can make a very viable non-law career out of a law school education. I didn’t decide I didn’t want to be an attorney until I had done it for several years.”