How do I chose what kind of law to practice?
I am undecided in what aspect of law I would like to practice, or even if I want to practice in a traditional setting. Should I know exactly what I want to do before I apply and enroll?
- anonymous alum Hi Zari, you do not need to know what you want to do, but you should have some idea based on some aspect of your experience/skillset. So, for example, you might think you have an interest in government work based on an internship you did or your political science major. Or you might think you would like to do public interest law because of your experience interning at HUD. You need to present a plausible story about why you want to do something in law. But no one is going to hold you to that story in the long run!
- Jennie Rothman expert @christina.taber-kewene gave you some great advice @Zari Rose-Stanton I want to add my 2 cents. Since you sound undecided about your long-term career goals, spend some time thinking about why you think you want to go to law school at all (as opposed to pursing a different grad school, e.g.). Try to set up informational meetings with lawyers you know, or ask your college career services department to put you in touch with some alums who are lawyers. Take a look at the breadth of different careers people purse with their law degrees. Do any of them feel like a good fit for you? Like Christina said, no one is going to hold you to the career you envision in your law school application (I'm pretty far afield from my initial plans!). But, given both the time and financial investment that law school takes, make sure that law school is the best path for you, and not just a default answer. Message me if you'd like to discuss this further. Good luck!