Deciding to go to law school is a big decision that you want to be quite sure of before you make it. Law school requires a lot of hard work and commitment and isn’t cheap either so you want to make sure that you really want a career in law before decide to go to law school.
Becoming a lawyer may sound great, but it is not for everyone. While you can never be 100%, below are a few things you should know about law school that can help you make your decision.
Not Every Lawyer is Rich
Many people decide to go to law school because they believe that they will get very high paying jobs if they do. This is not always the case though. While a good lawyer with a lot of experience who works for a thriving law firm will likely make very good money, this is not how everyone with a law degree ends up. Especially at the start of your career you likely won’t be making big money at all. If you want to study law however and are highly motivated, you should definitely go for it. If you love what you do (and are good at it of course), your chances of having a thriving law career will be much better.
There is a Lot of Reading Involved
Attending law school involves a lot of reading. When we say a lot, we really mean a lot. This isn’t Harry Potter type reading material either, but complicated legal texts that won’t always be all that interesting. If you decide to go to law school, be prepared to spend a lot of time in the library.
Law School is Expensive
Not only are tuition fees at most law schools through the roof, the books you will need to buy are very expensive as well.
People Will Try to Get Free Legal Advise From You All The Time
Once you’re in law school your friends will likely ask you for legal advise all the time. Especially if they are the types of students who like to live on the edge of the law. They will think you will be able to provide them immediate answers to all their legal questions, which you won’t.
It’s an Intense Ride
To get through law school you’ll have to attend a number of lectures every week, do a lot of reading and prepare questions for seminars, etc. Let’s just say that there won’t be much time for relaxation when you are at law school. In order to cope with the workload, you will need to learn to manage your time and work efficiently.
Law Student Stereotypes
There are a lot of social stereotypes regarding lawyers and law school students. People usually either think very highly of lawyers or just the other way around. Some will ask you how you could ever defend a guilty person, tell you that you are a social vulture, etc.
About The Author
Zane Schwarzlose is a writer at The Law Offices of WT Johnson, a personal injury law firm in Dallas, Texas. Zane is glad he never went to law school.