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It’s the Law

The glamour and drama of TV shows like “The Practice” and “Law and Order” have convinced more than a few unsuspecting liberal arts majors that law school is the path to wealth, excitement, and a great wardrobe. But out of the 40,000 students entering law school each year, a full 10% leave before graduating.

Considering the commitment of time and money that getting a J.D. demands, the time to figure out if law school is right for you is before you enroll. Begin by asking yourself the following questions:

  • What does a lawyer’s job entail when he or she is not in the courtroom?

  • Am I ready for the stress of being a law student and all the hours most successful attorneys devote to their profession?

  • Do I love to research, read, and write about legal issues?

If you aren’t immediately certain of your answers, you have some research to do. Use your network to arrange some informational interviews with attorneys working in a variety of settings--legal aid, criminal work, corporate law, commercial litigation, family law, etc. Contact the American Bar Association (www.abanet.org) for copies of their recent publications to see what law is really about--beyond what’s on TV and in John Grisham novels. You can also turn to services like the Law School Advisor to help you with your application and admission strategy.

If you decide that law school is for you, there’s additional research to do--into finding the right school. For rankings of law schools according to a variety of factors, see the Internet Legal Resource Guide.

 Is Now the Right Time?

 Making the Grade

 

 What’s an MBA Worth?

 

 It’s the Law

 

 Other Options

 

 Part-Time Perspective

 

 Learning Without Leaving Home

 

 Money Talks

 

 

 

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