CERRER SERVICE PROFILE
Kay Fletcher: Assistant Dean for Career Services at Texas Tech University School of Law, Lubbock, TX [By Kenneth Davis] Kay Fletcher knows a thing or two about law. Prior to her current job as Assistant Dean for career services at Texas Tech University School of Law, she held the following positions: Civil Division Chief Prosecutor for the Lubbock County district attorney’s office, Corporate Counsel for a large, publicly held food franchise corporation in Lubbock, Texas, and assistant to a solo practitioner in Lubbock. Fletcher has also spent nearly two decades applying the knowledge and experience she has gained as an attorney to help law students find jobs. “These experiences give me credibility with
a county attorney office,” Fletcher said. “She
the career services staff at the school
students because of the variety of things I
was asking about the basics for setting up
as Assistant Dean for career services in
was able to do,” she explained.
an office. Because I serve on the State Bar of
November of 1987.
Texas Law Practice Management Committee, Fletcher said that it is the responsibility
I was able to provide help in this transition.”
of the career services office at Texas Tech
Fletcher was enthusiastic about returning to her alma mater.
University School of Law to serve as an
Fletcher, herself an alumna of Texas Tech
information source for students and alumni
University School of Law, completed her
“As a graduate of this law school, I practiced
as they begin, transition from, or completely
undergraduate work at Baylor University in
law in Lubbock for seven years,” she said.
change careers. She added that her office
Waco, Texas, receiving a degree in Home
“When this position became available, I was
offers counseling on everything from judicial
Economics Education (later renamed Human
eager to become part of the university.”
clerkships to areas of practice to resume
Sciences) in December 1972. After that, she
preparation and interviewing skills.
taught school for a short time in Midlothian,
She said her decision to quit practicing law
Texas. In 1973, she began working for Texas
and join the career services staff at Texas
Power and Light Company (now Texas
Tech was also greatly influenced by child-
Utilities) in Brownwood, Texas. There, she
Fletcher described how she continually works at improving the methods she employs to help students find practice areas best suited to them. “This is something that I am constantly trying to do better,” she said. “Students come to law school with a variety of preconceived ideas of the types of law in which they think they want to practice. As students matriculate and take a variety of courses, participate in advocacy competitions, or work in clerkships with practitioners, they begin to see their strengths and realize where they will find the most satisfaction in law as they begin their careers. The process can be stressful, so we try to provide information and support throughout the process. Getting to know the students is critical to our being able to help with job searching strategies.” Fletcher commented that the school’s alumni often seek help from the career services office, as well.
worked as a Home Service Advisor (a position she says no longer exists), presenting
“My husband travels across the nation in his
programs to schools, clubs, and ladies
business, and I needed more manageable
groups on food preparation, the wise use of
hours,” she explained. “Our youngest
electricity, cooking with microwaves (new at
daughter was in daycare when I started, and
the time), and cooking with small appliances.
the oldest was in kindergarten.”
Fletcher worked there until 1977. That same year, she enrolled at Texas Tech University
She added that she likes “the rhythm of
School of Law.
academia” and that her father was a public school administrator for almost 40 years.
Fletcher explained why she decided to go to law school.
“So thinking in terms of semesters and summers was very natural for me,” she said.
“I wanted to pursue a law degree because I saw it as something that would be
Although she has spent nearly 20 years in
intellectually challenging and would allow
career services, Fletcher still enjoys coming
me to have an impact on some areas of
society,” she said. “I was very interested in consumer law because of my home
“I get to work with astonishingly bright and
capable law students who become wonderful friends along the way,” she said. “Our faculty
Fletcher earned her law degree from Texas
and administration are top-notch, motivated,
“This week I talked to an alum who is
Tech in 1980 and worked as an attorney in
and compassionate professionals who
starting her own practice after nine years in
Lubbock, Texas for seven years. She joined
take legal education very seriously. What
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is not to like about a place that offers this
“It is great when students say that we always
XII sports are another very serious interest
have time to listen and offer encouragement
to them no matter [what] their academic Fletcher said one of the most difficult
rank [is],” she said.
challenges of her job is working with
When asked if she would do anything differently if she had the chance to do it all
students who are disappointed with their
Additionally, Fletcher said that graduations
are a very enjoyable part of her job.
over again, she answered:
“There are always students who are
“I also supervise our law school
invented some computer operating system
disappointed with their grades,” she
graduations,” she said. “When I see proud
and become enormously wealthy,” she said.
explained. “Helping them see that they are
spouses, parents, and grads celebrating the
“But I am pretty satisfied with my life. At the
going to be able to contribute to society as
wonderful accomplishment of completing
end of the day, I am proud to be doing what I
lawyers even if they are at the bottom of their
law school, I am thrilled!”
“The ‘smart’ answer is that I should have
classes takes a lot of energy and counseling. Being a sounding board can be wearying, but
Fletcher and her husband, who is an
it is also something I think is critical to the
auctioneer, have been married for 32 years.
Their oldest daughter is a Texas Tech University graduate and teaches English in
Fletcher said one of her favorite parts of
Wink, Texas. Their youngest daughter is a
her job is helping students find the jobs of
junior at Texas Tech, studying in a Pre-
their dreams. She added that she also likes
Physical Therapy program. Fletcher said that
the fact that the staff is so accessible to
she loves to read and is very involved in the
music program at her family’s church, where she serves as an organist. She added, “Big
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Published on Nov 18, 2012
Kay Fletche work as Assistant Dean at Texas Tech University School of Law. she employs to help students find practice areas best suited to...