Is it right for you?

Photo credit: Jacob SlatonMost people would think our answer would be an unequivocal, “Yes, everyone should go to law school.” But you’d be surprised.

Like most legal questions, the answer is, “It depends.” It depends on you.

Ask yourself a few questions.

  • What would you like to do with your law degree? Are you interested in non-profit law and public service? In trial work? In corporate law?
  • What are you hoping to gain from your legal education? A better education, surely, but what can you see yourself doing five years from now, after you graduate?
  • Are you willing to commit the time and energy to law school? Law school is a large time commitment for the next three years (four if you’re a part-time student). You’ll be spending a great deal of time reading, writing, and studying. You may have to relocate to go to school, and you may have to sacrifice time with friends to study.

Educate yourself on what you can expect while you’re in law school.

Consider your goals. Spend some time thinking about what you see for your life and your career five, ten, fifteen years, or more, down the road. How does law school fit into that future?