When you reflect on your application to law school, the first thing you should ask yourself is do you actually want to be a lawyer. There used to be a time when law school was a great default decision for people who weren’t certain about what they wanted to do, but knew they wanted financial security. Maybe it’s because this plan has gained so much prevalence, now a law degree does not by design equal a high-paying job right out of school. Of course, if you are able to get into one of the top law schools, there will always be a job waiting for you. For those who are not as fortunate, however, an intrepid look at why you’re considering applying to law school is your best path of action. If you love the law, apply, but know that the job market for novice lawyers is harder than ever before.
Deliberation #2: What Type Of Law Do I Want To Practice?
You might already know the answer to the question of what type of law you would like to go into. If you don’t know, before you apply is the time to start thinking it over. Environmental law or corporate contracts? Real estate or intellectual property? There are many specialty areas for you to practice, and some schools are considered more as a center of attention for your choice than others are.
Deliberation #3: Who’s On The Faculty?
Confirm the faculty of the schools you’re considering. This consideration goes together with deliberation #2. If you are extremely keen to do law, then you probably have an aspiration to learn from of the best legal high flyers. Look into the biographies of the various professors of schools you’re considering and make sure you’ll be able to take classes with the ones you find interesting.
Deliberation #4: Where Do I Want To Live When I Am Practicing Law?
You might not know where you want to live once you get out of law school. This is also worth some thought for several reasons. First, if you study in the state you’d eventually like to practice in, you’ll have a better time passing the bar. Secondly, think about the employment market. If you go to a school that’s well-known in a definite area, you’ll be a more attractive job candidate than if you take that degree on the road and have to explain its merits to people in another city that are less familiar with the strong points of your law school.