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Is Law Right for Me?

Attorneys do many different things. The challenge for you is to learn the different things they do and assess how your skill sets line up with possible practice areas. You do not need to know what practice area you might be interested in prior to starting law school, but it helps to be aware of all of the possibilities. 

Do you like to read and write and do research? Do you want to help or advocate for a particular population or cause? If so, then law school may be a nice fit. There are four universal skills necessary to be successful in law school and as an attorney:

  1. Reading comprehension

  2. Clear and concise writing

  3. Critical and analytical thinking

  4. Logical reasoning

Three great resources to determine whether law may be right for you include UCAN (University Career Alumni Network), which is useful for shadowing practicing attorneys and conducting informational interviews, the LSA Opportunity Hub for potential internships to explore law, and the “I am the Law” podcasts on Law School Transparency.