After assessing your interests and strengths using the career development tests, talking to several attorneys working in various legal fields, becoming involved in law-related campus activities, investigating internships, and taking the Personality Preference Quiz, ask yourself the following questions based on your newly acquired knowledge and experience:
Now that you have fully begun your investigation, continue your research by identifying the most important skills necessary to be successful in law school and the legal profession. Preparing for Law School and the Legal Profession identifies frequently asked questions and concerns about majors, minors, and courses of study. Continue your investigation of the legal profession and apply your knowledge to your experience at Villanova.
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.”
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.