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Is Law School Right For You?

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So, you’re considering whether a career in law might be right for you!  If you play your cards right, law school can be an incredible opportunity.  However, it’s important to know that it’s not an easy route. Knowing what you’re signing up for before you get started is vital.  

So, the big questions is, are you the kind of person who would be well suited for law school?  Here are some of the five qualities you should have that point towards yes.

You Have a Passion For The Law

A lot of people get into law school because they have a passion for defending justice.  Perhaps someone they loved suffered an accident and deserved compensation.  Or maybe they know someone who was wrongly accused of a crime.  Unfortunately, that’s a nice start, but it may not be enough.

Law students take about fifteen credits during the first year of school, and roughly twelve of them are dedicated entirely to law.  The homework? You guessed it, law homework. You’ll be living and breathing law.

Law school involves writing about the law, researching the law, and more writing about the law.  So, if the idea of all those endless hours of reading and writing about the law overwhelms you, then law school is probably not for you.

Total Commitment

In order to make law school work, it will have to be your primary focus.  Most students find it too challenging to have a part-time job or much social life.  The demands of your schooling may put stress on your family and personal relationships since your main priority is school.

Unlike some other degrees, law school calls for a significant amount of work each week.  Many students find themselves working up to seventy hours a week!  So, if you’re ready to make the sacrifices necessary to power through, then law school is for you.

You Have Resources To Pay For It

So, if your plan is to pay for school by taking out hundreds of thousands in student loans, think again.  If you take out a significant student loan, you’re going to spend a large portion of your life paying it back.

Ask yourself if that’s really worth it.  There are plenty of alternative options for paying for school.  The problem is a lot of law students don’t know that until they’re under a mountain of debt.

Instead of relying on loans, consider going to an in-state college.  Apply for grants and scholarships!  You could even take a break between high school and law school and save up money to pay for it.  

Consider trying to be as resourceful as possible rather than relying on loans which will only swallow you with interest.

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The 7 Main Factors to Consider When Choosing a Career

The 7 Main Factors to Consider When Choosing a Career

To some, college is the next logical step of your journey to functional adulthood after high school. To others, it’s an incubator to get you ready for your career. Either way, during the course of your college education, you’ll make some of the most important decisions for your financial and professional future as you choose your major, make your class schedules, and meet new connections.

Unfortunately, many college freshmen end up making a career decision based on one or two factors, when in reality, it’s much better to focus on many factors—including how those factors connect.

The Most Important Factors to Consider

Broaden your decision-making criteria by considering all these important factors:

1. Availability. First, consider how easy it is to get a job in your respective field. Some career paths are in higher demand than others; for example, jobs in healthcare and finance are always in high demand, whereas jobs in paper publishing are on the decline. Look to see how many openings per year there are, and how easy it is for someone with a college degree to get into the field.

2. Pay. Obviously, you’ll also want to consider pay. Many people mistakenly use this as the only factor for consideration, or the most important factor for consideration, but it should only be one of several factors for consideration. The higher the salary, the higher the appeal, especially if that high salary is attainable within the first few years of working. You’ll also want to consider how much you’re going to pay for your degree; some jobs pay significantly more, but also require several extra years of paying off student loans, partially negating the benefits.

3. Stress. Don’t forget about the role that stress and job satisfaction can play in your life, either. For example, nursing is a career with many available openings and good pay, but it also comes with extreme stress—to the point where ongoing self-care is considered part of the job if you want to stay sane. This doesn’t mean you should stop considering jobs with high stress (since every job is, to an extent, stressful), but you should be prepared for how you’re going to handle that stress.

4. Future options. What options are you going to have in this job in the future? For example, if you decide you don’t like your specific role, would it be easy to switch to a different role in a similar field? Can you, with the education and experience you’ll get early in this career, be poised to take on another career? If this is your dream job, you might not want to consider the possibility of not liking it, but that possibility does exist, and you should prepare for it.

5. Personal interest. For most new college students, this is the most important consideration, but again, it’s only one of several that should factor into your decision. How much are you personally interested in this area? Are you truly passionate about this job and this work? If not, you may not be able to tolerate it for long. Of course, your interests are also subject to change, so don’t invest too heavily in only one area.

6. Flexibility. How much flexibility does this career offer? For example, if you’re into writing or accounting, you may be able to work from home, and choose your own hours by being an independent contractor. But if you’re an engineer or a doctor, you may be required to work certain, inflexible hours.

7. Longevity. It’s estimated that 73 million United States jobs will be replaced by automation by 2030, and that may be a low estimate. Many jobs are already falling to the wayside due to new technology, so it pays to consider careers that aren’t as easily replaced. Jobs that require high-level critical thinking, those that involve creating and testing new technologies, and those that rely heavily on emotional intelligence and human-to-human interactions are less susceptible to being replaced or displaced by AI. That said, we’re on a somewhat unpredictable trajectory of machine learning, so there are no guarantees.

Avoiding Analysis Paralysis

Looking at these complex factors can be intimidating, especially if you aren’t sure what type of career you want to pursue. But try not to stress about the decision too much; you’ll likely change your major at least once or twice as you get through your college education, and after that, you’ll change jobs somewhere between 10 and 15 times. It’s good to think critically about your future career, and choose the direction with the most potential in the most areas, but there’s always time to change your decision in the future.

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