Go to law school if you want to.
Some thoughts to counter all the ‘don’t go to law school’ crap.
I’m so tired of law school graduates telling other people not to go to law school because they’re miserable. That advice can really impact someone else’s life. Just because you realized you don’t like the profession you went into doesn’t mean that others will feel that way. (I am employed and I love my job. It can happen!)
Here are some things to consider that might help you actually enjoy law school:
Go for a reason, and keep it in mind. Some of the most miserable law school students and law school graduates are those who go because they didn’t know what else to do with their life. If you actually want to go, don’t let those people dissuade you.
Find your passion, and keep it. Genuine enthusiasm for the profession, and especially for a particular field, will make you enjoy your life in law school and in your legal career. And it really shows in interviews and networking opportunities.
Do some learning outside the classroom. Spend some time reading blogs and articles ‘just for fun,’ following scholars and journalists on Twitter, going to events, and just generally remaining immersed in the field. You start to see the same names and faces. And they start to see yours.
Ask every lawyer you know for advice. People love to talk about themselves. Listen. You can learn a lot.
Spend time with people who aren’t in law school. It can be too easy to get bogged down by negative miserable overworked exhausted classmates.
Go to the Supreme Court. (It’s worth a trip even if you don’t go to law school in DC!) You’ll be amazed how much you know about their questioning style from their writing style. You’ll geek out over it and be glad you went to law school. I guarantee it.
You only need one job. Yeah, I know, the legal market sucks, blah blah blah. But you don’t need thousands of jobs. You just need one.
I’m not telling you to go to law school. But I’m not telling you not to go.