Are You Interested in Becoming a Lawyer?
How to know if you have what it takes to become a lawyer(1) Do you love to read books?
(2) Do you feel comfortable talking in front of the class or a group of people?
(3) Do you absolutely love to research and write about new topics?
(4) Do you find science, history and social studies interesting?
(5) Are you organized?
(6) Are you able to handle stress and keep a cool head under pressure?
(7) Do you like to help people and want to make a difference in your community and country?
(8) Do you have the ability to get "A's" in school or do you have a stellar academic record of at least a 3.2 grade average?
If you meet the majority of the criteria above, here is what you need to do(1) Grades:
If you aren't already done with college, you need to join a college and take challenging courses (e.g. logic, philosophy, history, politics, economics, writing, and business). You really need to get "A's" in these courses unless you do something amazing in your life which tempts a law school into taking the risk of admitting you with less than excellent grades.
(2) Community Volunteer Work:
Get involved with community volunteer work (the United Way will have lots of ideas) and become a dedicated and dependable volunteer. This will become a source of inspiration, recommendation letters, and you are also almost guaranteed free pizza.
(3) Extra-Curricular Activities:
You have to write, read, and public speak. Get involved with the drama club and forensics, and academic teams.
Look in the yellow pages under "Attorneys" and start calling and telling them you will work for free. Trust me, lawyers like deals.
My Own Experience(1) Hard: Law school was 1000 times harder than I had imagined. It was entirely different from College. Professors intentionally made the subject matter ambiguous and daunting. To their credit, this process taught me and teaches law students how to think on their feet and formulate opinions quickly. For the majority of my first year classes, the entire course grade was based upon one 4-6 hour essay test given at the end of the school year.
(2) Cost. My total cost for law school with interest exceeded $110,000 with interest.
(3) Getting a job: Those who fail to graduate in the top third of the class have a very hard time finding work. I graduated in the top 25% of my class and lucked out there.
(4) Stress: As a trial lawyer, my job is continually adversarial. I am at war each day with lawyers--all trying to outsmart me and rip off my clients. I work long hours. You have to able to handle stress.
The Perks(1) Exciting: It is always exciting and a challenge. I get to write, research, argue, negotiate, and every once in a while, help some one out!
(2) Important responsibility: Lawyers play an enormously important role in our society. As Spiderman's uncle said, "With great responsibility comes great power" or something like that.
(3) Help people: It is an honor to have the ability to guide people through some of the most important or traumatic experiences of their lives.