Why are you thinking about law school? The most common reasons I hear are some variation of the following:
- I like to argue.
- I took Constitutional Law/Legal 250/Civil Liberties/etc. and it was mind-blowing.
- Law is so fascinating.
- I want a reliable, interesting job.
- I want to make a lot of money.
- I want to help people.
- I don’t know, it’s just what I always thought I’d do.
While many of these are great starting points for your exploration into legal careers, none of them should suffice as your primary reason for going to law school. Think of them instead as directions for further questions:
- Do lawyers really argue for a living?
- Is the practice of Constitutional Law anything like the study of Constitutional Law? What are the job opportunities in this field?
- Is practicing law as fascinating as reading about the law?
- Are law jobs easy to find? Does lawyering bring steady income and employment? Is it interesting work?
- How much money do lawyers make? Does it vary by field, practice setting, firm size, location?
- How do lawyers help people? How does it compare to other helping professions, like social work or teaching?
- What kinds of work are meaningful to me? What kind of career would match my skills and interests, and maybe bring me satisfaction and joy and a good living