Considering the Legal Profession

The greatest test of of analytical skills for a law student is analyzing and examining the reasons why he or she wanted to attend law school.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ goal in providing law school advising is to inform students about the legal profession and about law school so students can make judicious, well-thought-out decisions before undertaking a career in law. 

The Law School Advising Program has devised the following steps you can take to explore you career interests:

Taking the Initial Step

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Many students identify with a career in law on their list of top five careers they’re considering. The American Bar Association (ABA) advises students to engage in a serious inquiry about their career goals before choosing to apply to and attend law school. The ABA contends: “Embarking on a legal education requires a great deal of thought as well as a sizable investment of time, money, and energy.”

Talk to Professionals

To dispel common myths and stereotypes about the legal profession, conduct informational interviews. You must choose this profession based on real knowledge and not on commonly-held stereotypes and misperceptions of the profession. Use the information you garnered in Step 2 to narrow your selection of professionals you would like to interview.

Ask lawyers and professionals questions about their experiences in college, law school, and in the legal profession. Visit the Career Services Office for information on legal careers as well as career counseling.