Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Why did you want to become a lawyer?

I wonder about the reasons why  people go to law school. Some go into law school knowing they won't practice, others go for social justice reasons. I know some go because they want to become wealthy.   I wonder how the economic situation of the county will influence the future pipeline of attorneys entering the profession?

6 comments:

  1. Thanks for asking! I went to law school for the social justice reasons. I wanted to help those less fortunate and who had less opportunities. Although I wanted to do this at a policy level.

    I also enjoyed writing, research, and critical thinking which are important skills for any lawyer.

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  2. Has it all been worth it? The time, money, and energy? I am considering law school but am not sure yet. Just curious, like to hear others opinions.

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  3. I can only speak to my personal experience, but I think if you go into law school with realistic expectations, it is worth it. Some people go to law school, knowing that they don't want to be a practicing attorney and want to have better knowledge of the law or possibly have more marketability in other fields. Also not everyone who goes to law school will end up at a big firm making 6 figures. Some people will, but the vast majority of us don't. So it is just good to know that going into things. Law school is very challenging and demanding (and humbling!)... and expensive. I recommend doing a self-evaluation before going in and also after the first and second year to manage your expectations. Also network like crazy in the area that you want to work in and in the fields that you want to work or practice in. If you don't plan on practicing (or you just end up not practicing) be able to market the legal skills that you possess that will serve as an asset to a potential employer.

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  4. Thanks for the advice, but you didn't answer the questions. For you, has it all been worth it?

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  5. The short answer is yes. For me, it was worth it.

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