Today I spoke with the law students at my position this summer, and with some of the lawyers who work there. What they said fits with what I have heard from lawyers starting at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and continuing through Human Rights USA and my uncle Pete:
- Most people should wait before going to law school, because working in the world will give you the experiences you need to fuel your studies in law school.
- Your life does not stop at law school, so attend a school that is somewhere you would like to live, and perhaps practice law.
- Keep your head in law school by remaining a rounded person. Surprisingly, none of the lawyers or law students in the room had encountered the Two Body Problem and had in fact found being in a relationship in law school stabilizing and healthy.
- Law school and practice are centered on the tasks of reading, writing, and understanding. If you enjoy these things, you have a better chance of enjoying law school.
- The LSAT, law school and the bar have nearly nothing to do with each other in terms of preparation, and you should see them all as separate tasks.
I have been struggling to decide if I should go to law school. Most of the blogs I have read seem to indicate there is one specific thing which separates people into classes of those who should and should not go to law school. I do not think it is that simple, or unambiguous. For me, there are significant costs associated with law school (some quite literal), but also some awesome chances.
I will keep writing about it here, and try to see more clearly.
Aequitas sequitur legem.