For many, law school is just a dream. But with the right tactical approach and proper guidance, one can turn it into a reality. Surviving law school can be tough, and to carry that act in the best way possible, have a look at some of the tips mentioned in this article.
To begin it all, stop and think for a moment; is what you are doing even worth your attention? Will you be able to concentrate and give one hundred percent to a career in law? If not, you might want to reconsider spending $70,000+ and use that money on something that might suit you better. Becoming a lawyer takes years of hard work and dedication so don’t start unless you’re highly passionate about it.
Give yourself room. As contrary to society’s regular belief, law school is not just a bunch of chatter boxes in black suits but pretty hard-hitting – especially when you want to start your own life and stand on your own feet. You may or may not have a part time job while in college so do save up from the beginning of the year: course books dig up your wallet like there’s no tomorrow and let’s not even start on costs of tuition and other school related charges as well as the cost of living while you’re at school. While many go after school loans, they can be quite a burden to carry long after school while you’re trying to get started in your new career. Try and work out your financing before you even enter university by either saving up before hand, getting scholarships or planning to work part time to help cover your expenses.
When it comes to searching for the right school, make sure you look long and hard for the qualities that will help further your future career. Remember, no one knows about your needs more than you yourself and there are many different paths to take when becoming a lawyer. For example, some states don’t even require a university degree or law school certification to become a qualified lawyer. For example the state of California does not require a degree of any sort. Same is the case with New York, Virginia, Washington, Wyoming and Maine.
On the contrary, there is the option of joining an Ivy League. After all, they do have a reputation well respected all over this world especially in the United States of America. No doubt you will be promised exclusive and top of the line education, but it also has its cons. For instance, on an average, a regular university degree costs about USD$50,000 per year at an Ivy League. One could get the same degree for almost a quarter of the price. They are also very difficult to get into and require that the individuals attending are highly well-rounded; you will be competing with the best of the best. Every year, these universities accept around 10% to 15% of the applicants out of which 95% are those who’ve had exceptional grades, extra-curricular activities as well as leadership skills.
When you’re out of school, your success in a legal career depends on much more than just your academic and extra-curricular abilities; as an intern and/or a volunteer you’ll be able to expand your circle of business to make connections with other similar individuals. Make sure to dip your feet in the networking pool as well; you never know where some of these connections will lead you. As a follow-up, make sure your resume is up to date and built up with as much experience in the field as possible. There are also many summer programs available if you want to broaden your horizons and add some extra meat to your resume.
Before you apply to a law firm, make sure you do some research on it. Remember, you’re competition will be fierce and in order to have that extra edge, you’re going to have to add in a personal touch. Know what the company does as much as possible and why you would be a great addition that would help further it in the future. Have your answers ready before you go into the interview by anticipating what they might.