Preparing For the Future – Why You Should Consider Law School
- Category: Study Skills
Young people today face a lot of pressure to choose their career path early on. College prep starts as early as sixth grade in some schools. By the first year of high school, it’s smart for young people to start researching who they want to be. Yes, too much stress is put on picking a college and a major, but it can be helpful to have clear goals in life. The first question a young person should ask themselves is what career choice would make them feel fulfilled. And in an age where more young people are paying attention to the socio-political issues in our nation, more students are choosing to go to law school.
To get into law school, you must have a four-year degree. Throughout the undergrad process, you must keep in mind that your GPA over the next two to four years matters a great deal. There is a vast array of academic fields and backgrounds that create a fully functional foundation for a law degree. Law builds on sociology, economics, linguistics, history, psychology, and more. You don’t need to be a “pre-law” student. Also, think about how to finance law school. Scholarships and aid can help you succeed.
Students in law school learn critical thinking skills, legal theories and how to problem-solve. Skills acquired in undergrad studies will be honed and sharpened to a precision point to think quickly, analyze accurately, and make decisive demands with confidence. In the first year of any law school, you’ll have certain common classes like torts, contracts, civil procedure, property, criminal law, constitutional law, and legal methods. Approximately 30% of law students drop out after that first year. It’s important to be aware of the heavy workload in law school in order to truly prepare. Still, people who are dedicated to a legal career often thrive in the driven environment of law school.
A lawyer is responsible for advising clients. Lawyers can work on a wide range of issues, from criminal defense to contracts review. Some lawyers work in public interest fields while others go on to become general counsel to major corporations. Some focus on big-city firms while others set up solo practices in rural areas. In all cases, however, lawyers have a responsibility to uphold professional ethics, honesty, and accountability.
No matter what type of attorney you choose to become, there is a lot of preparation and study involved in reaching your goals. By planning ahead, you can take the steps to develop a successful legal career.
Contact us today to learn more about how we can help your young adult prepare for their future school and career goals.