School. It’s all you’ve ever done throughout your lifetime. Now that you’re about to graduate with an undergraduate degree, why on earth would you choose more school - especially law school? Who do you think you are, Elle Woods? Do you really want to be a lawyer?
For some, the answer is an easy “yes,” but for others, the choice might not be as clear. If you’re considering going to law school, here are four signs you should go for it:
1. You’re not happy about the current politics of the justice system.
Regardless of whether you swing right or left, there might be specific issues in the world of politics and the criminal justice system that you’re interested in improving. Knowing the legal background of these issues can allow you to have a better understanding of the system, and will give you more leverage in making a difference.
2. You’re able to analyze facts and come up with support for both sides of an argument.
Being an attorney isn’t all about effectively defending one side of an argument – a good attorney is able to analyze the facts and predict what the opposing party is likely to argue.
3. You have a degree but you still don’t know what to do with your life.
Having spent so much money on a piece of paper to still not know what to do can be a bummer. You may think spending even more money isn’t the answer, but going to law school opens a lot of doors. Having a law degree doesn’t mean you can only be a lawyer! Law is broad, and knowing what the real problems of the world are can guide you to finally figure out where it is you want to contribute and help initiate change. Besides, that big J.D. on your resume can get you a lot more money in the future.
4. You got a score of 150 or higher on the LSAT.
If you are truly debating on whether you should go to law school or not, consider taking the LSAT with your raw knowledge. In other words, don’t spend thousands of dollars on a tutor, but just take the test. If you’re still in undergrad debating whether to go to law school, check with your college to see if they offer free mock LSAT exams. Otherwise, you’ll have to register to take it through LSAC.org. Law school requirements can be rigorous, and taking the LSAT is a good way to gauge if it’s really what you want.
Law school isn’t for everyone. You’ve come this far in life, and you’ve accomplished so much already. However, if even one of the signs above relates to you, you should seriously consider it.