If you have watched legal dramas on TV or seen lawyers portrayed on the silver screen, you likely think being a lawyer is a fascinating career, constantly filled with drama and suspense.
However, as you are finishing up your college experience, you may be contemplating whether or not to attend law school.
If so, here are four things you should carefully consider when reaching your decision.
Do I Want Four More Years of School?
If you went to college directly after graduating from high school, you’ve been sitting in classrooms for 16 years. Therefore, do you really want to be doing so for another four years, or are you ready to take your degree and skills to the workforce?
Can You Handle The Workload?
Once you enter law school, the workload and pressure you will experience can be overwhelming. If you have other responsibilities to your family or just aren’t sure you are up to a large amount of reading, writing, and exams that lay ahead, you should think long and hard before going to law school.
Can You Afford It?
Like most college students, you may have relied on student loans to finance your education. Thus, as you get ready to graduate, you may already be close to $100,000 in debt. Should you decide to go on to law school, your debt will increase substantially.
Even though you would likely make an excellent salary as a lawyer once you finish your studies, much of your income in the first few years would be needed to pay off your debt.
Do You Really Need a Law Degree?
Depending on the career path you want to take, it is quite possible you may not even need a law degree. For example, if you want to work in a position that deals primarily with public policy, such as a city manager or policy analyst, you may discover that rather than enduring four years of law school, it may be better if you pursue a master’s degree in public administration or a related field.
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However, if you wanted to work in specific areas such as conveyancing where you’d be responsible for preparing contracts and documents for sales, then you will need to get a law degree and some experience.
Some firms have someone who specializes in conveyancing, and some firms primarily focus on conveyancing.
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