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Education & Social Science Graduates

Jane Politz Brandt

What I do now:
Of Counsel at Thompson & Knight

My work/job consists of:
see CV at https://www.tklaw.com/jane-brandt/

Path to my current career position (how I got from the past to the present):
After finishing at LSUS, I attended Paul M. Herbert Law School at Louisiana State University; I clerked with United States District Court Judge, Tom Stagg, for two years and then went to work at Thompson & Knight. I have spent my entire career with Thompson & Knight, first practicing general trial law, then specializing in Intellectual Property. I excelled and received many of my awards in that area.

How I got to LSUS (or why I chose LSUS):
I decided to stay in Shreveport for my undergraduate degree before attending law school at LSU.

Fond memories of LSUS:
I met my husband at LSUS, and we will have been together 36 years this October (2018). I also enjoyed my professors at LSUS.

LSUS faculty who helped me:
Dr. Norman Provisor

How LSUS helped me succeed:
LSUS gave me the background I needed to be successful in law school.

Advice to college-bound students:
You are young. You don't have to know what you want to do when you start college, but realize that you are likely to need at least a Master's Degree to be successful.

Advice to someone who wants to enter my field:
It's a very hard way to make a living, which is why I went Of Counsel after 30 years. It's very stressful, but also rewarding. Do the very best you can in law school because that will influence your path to ultimate success, but do not make law your life.

Tips on choosing a major or career:
It depends on what you think you want to do, but don't be afraid to change majors. Again, you are young and not expected to know all the answers.

My toughest professional challenge:
Learning how to practice law. It's just how it's referenced. Lawyers "practice" law. Law school does not really teach you to practice law. It teaches you to think like a lawyer, so learning to practice law is never ending.

My toughest personal challenge:
Balancing practicing law, having time for family and having time to myself. It gets easier with time, but you can't do it all at the same time, so you must learn to juggle. The good and bad thing about technology is you can now go home, have dinner with your family and work from home if need be. Because I started in 1986, we didn't have that luxury.

Successes (honors, awards, etc.) in my life:
See CV at https://www.tklaw.com/jane-brandt/

I've learned this from life:
You can't have it all. You have to figure out what makes you happy and take time to take care of yourself.

What I'd be doing if I had all the time in the world:
Since going Of Counsel, I do have time for me and my family. We love to travel. I get to exercise 6 days a week and am preparing for a 1/2 marathon having just started running 6 weeks before my 56th birthday. I also have more time to read and do other things that make me happy.