How To Know If A Career In Law Is Right For You

How To Know If A Career In Law Is Right For You

Maybe you’ve seen lawyers on TV or maybe you can quote all of Legally Blonde and it’s lead you to consider a career in law. But how can you know if it’s really for you? After all, law school is no joke, and you should feel confident in your decision before spending countless hours studying for the LSAT or Bar Exam (further down the road).

If you’re interested in pursuing a law degree but want some more guidance, here are some tips to help you decide if being a lawyer is the right fit for you.

Understand what it means to be a lawyer

If your perception of what it means to be a lawyer has come from movies and tv shows, then it might be good to manage those expectations first. Being a lawyer is rarely about telling off the bad guys in a courtroom. In fact, only a small number of lawyers work in that type of law. Most lawyers, including the courtroom lawyers, spend the majority of their time reading and researching cases so that they can give their clients proper guidance. Even in law school students are expected to read at least 3 hours a day.

If you are not a strong reader, then this might be a hard battle to overcome. It is also important to manage expectations about salary. Many people are attracted to being a lawyer because it is universally known that it’s a well paying job. But it pays well because most lawyers put in well over 40 hours a week. Being a lawyer requires serious hardwork and dedication.

Try out the legal profession

If you have a realistic idea of what a career in law could be and are still interested, you should make an effort to join clubs in the field of law. It is typical for schools to offer a mock-trial or debate team. Joining these teams could help you get a feel for  how you might fare as a trial lawyer. Summer camps in the field are also an option. Miles Smart Tutoring is offering a Mock-Trial Summer Camp for those interested in pursuing  a career in law.

You can learn the basics of how a courtroom is run, how to construct an effective argument, take a virtual tour of the U.S. Supreme Court, and then finish the camp with a mock debate. This is the perfect opportunity for students looking to pursue a degree in law, or for students who just want to learn more about the legal system. You can find more information about our camps on our website.

Knowing your options

Finally, it’s important to note that going to law school isn’t the only way to work in the field of law. Some states–California, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington–actually allow residents to become lawyers without graduating from law school first. The process to become a lawyer in these states is still long and tedious, but it could be a good alternative option for anyone with a desire to practice law in these states. Some colleges even offer a different route for those looking to avoid law school.
For example, Florida State University has a Juris Master program that can be completed online or in-person in just one year. This would be ideal for someone who wants to work in the field of law without becoming a lawyer.

Whatever you decide, Miles Smart Tutoring is here to help you along the way. Along with our Mock-Trial camp being offered this summer, we also have tutoring for the LSAT available all year round. If you are studying to become a lawyer, make sure to call Miles Smart Tutoring at (813) 328-3036 and let us guide you on your journey to the career of your dreams.