Should you go to law school?
I am amazed at how many prelaw students don’t spend more time asking themselves this question.
I’m also absolutely disturbed by how many prelaw students don’t research the legal profession before they apply to law school.
Think about it.
You’re going to spend three years of your life, and $60,000-$200,000 for law school tuition alone, and you don’t know if this profession is right for you?
What if you start working in the legal field and you realize the work makes you miserable? How are you going to pay off your loans? How are you going to pay your bills?
It’s a terrible situation to be in but it happens to many J.D.s.
To find out if you’ll like working as a lawyer, you need to work with lawyers.
It doesn’t have to be full-time. It doesn’t have to be paid. It can be a part-time internship or job or a volunteer position.
For those of you who say, “I can’t do free work,” consider this: the amount of unpaid time you put into researching and working in the legal field will help you tenfold in the future.
Just think how many thousands of dollars you’ll save if you find out this profession is wrong for you and you decide not to go to law school.
And if lawyering is the right profession, think of how many hundreds of thousands of dollars you will earn in the future by having the work experience that will help you get into a better law school or into a school with a scholarship.
Check with your City Attorney’s Office or your County Prosecutor or Defender’s Office–they often have internships or volunteer positions.
Contact friends, relatives and colleagues and find out who knows lawyers that you can meet with. Set up an informational interview with each lawyer. Do the interviews and learn as much as you can. Find out if they’re hiring for an intern.
Be tenacious if your first leads don’t pan out. Keep contacting lawyers and organizations until you find a position. Most people I know who found great legal jobs created their own positions!
I want you to have a satisfying and rewarding career. To make sure it’s right for you, try more than one job or internship. Research the legal field as much as possible.
Do the work. You won’t regret it.
Have questions about whether you should apply to law school now or later? Wondering if the legal field is right for you? I’d love to hear from you! I’m here to help. Post your questions below and I’ll respond.