Should you go to law school?

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Many young people are drawn to the idea of going to law school, thanks at least in part to television shows like Law & Order and how they depict the legal profession. But is law school right for you? Do you really know what you are getting into? Ask yourself these questions to find out whether it’s a good career path for you.

Why do I want to go to law school?

Going to law school has a certain cache about it. If you hear someone is in law school or has graduated from law school, most people are instantly impressed. But if you are going to law school just so your resume sounds good, that’s not a good reason. Law school is tough – really tough. Not only that, but it’s expensive. You don’t want to put yourself in debt just so you sound impressive.

What do you plan to do with your law degree?

This is an important decision when you are considering which law school to go to, or whether to go at all. Some schools specialize in certain areas of the law more than others, so it’s important to understand that before you make your decision. Also, consider where you will live and practice once you get your degree. If you want to work in a big firm, for example, you’re going to need to live in a big city. That could influence your choice of school.

Are you ready for your workload?

Law school is pretty gruelling. You’ll be doing a lot of reading, often hundreds of pages every night. Not only that, but you’ll have to endure long days of classes, too. Some classes may be in the evenings, too. If you work (which most students do) or have a spouse or children to consider, it’s important to know that you will be spending a lot of time in class and studying if you go to law school.

Can you handle the lack of social life?

Here’s the hard truth: Law students have time for law school and not much else. You’ll spend your days in classes and your evenings reading over your class notes and doing the assigned reading. You’ll spend a lot of time with classmates, but that time will be spent studying. Can you handle that?

Can you manage your time well?

If you’ve always struggled with procrastination and/or are easily distracted from the task at hand, you are going to find law school tough. The workload is demanding, the professors have high standards, and if you don’t know how to manage your time on your own, you are going to quickly find yourself drowning. If you are organized, driven, and self-motivated, on the other hand, you should be fine.

Do you have a support system in place?

As with everything challenging in life, the challenges of law school are made easier by having a support system in place. When you go to law school, will you be moving to a new city where you don’t know anyone? Or will you be staying near your family and friends? That may seem like an insignificant consideration, but it isn’t. Having a support system can make a big difference in terms of whether or not you can successfully complete law school.

Whether or not you should attend law school depends on several different factors. Of course, you need to consider your particular interests and aptitudes, but there are other things to consider as well. Before you apply, ask yourself these questions.

August 22, 2016 · Editorial Team · Comments Closed
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