Too many people naively decide to go to law school without realizing the level of commitment involved. Whether they already have a doctor of education from Hofstra University is beside the point. No prestige will make up for hard work and time well spent. And that is no exaggeration; law school is a serious commitment that requires concentration and preparation. If you are still considering law school, read on, this list should help you with what you need to know.
1. Law School is Intense
Anyone who has experienced law school sings the same song: it’s difficult. Whether it’s the sheer amount of reading, hefty coursework, or toxic culture of prestige, law school will certainly test your limits. Before enrolling, make sure that the stress is something you are able to handle because it is not going anywhere. On the other hand, if the stress is something that you find worrisome, you may want to consult a current law student or professor to see if they can offer any advice more tailored to your specific situation.
2. There is a Ton of Reading
Everyone I know who has attended law school has said the same thing: there is a large amount of reading involved. The first year may be especially difficult, as there is an adjustment period (even if you are used to having lots of work), so be prepared to spend long hours and sleepless nights in the library with a huge stack of books obscuring you from view. Think I’m joking?
4. You Will Learn to Get Organized
With great power comes the ability to get organized! Law school will certainly force you into this position, so prioritize your day, remain organized, plan your schedule carefully, and try to stay inside the lines. The more you cultivate positive habits like keeping an organized schedule, a consistent exercise regimen, and a healthy diet, the more your actions will push you towards success.
5. Be Prepared to Give Advice
One of the most annoying things about being a law student is the sheer number of people who come out of the woodwork asking your legal advice. These could be acquaintances and random people, but they could also be close friends and family. If you do not feel comfortable offering advice, don’t do it. If you are unsure, do so with a disclaimer and not in the capacity of a legal advisor!
6. Fear of Graduation
One of the most consistently exaggerated aspects of law school is the career opportunities. In fact, the number of students with law degrees over the past few years has increased to the extent that many firms and hiring managers are reducing their overall number of contracts. This may be a hindrance if you’re looking into law school primarily for a job.