Explore Law as a Career Option

“Why are you interested in law school?”

That’s the first question a law school admissions officer—and the Pre-Law Advisor here at the U!—will ask you if you’re considering law and law school. Having a concrete, thoughtful answer to this question is essential.

To get to that point, you need to know what you’re talking about, which in turn requires that you do some research to thoroughly explore law as a career option.

Law school is an enormous commitment, after all. And while it is indeed possible, it’s not a foregone conclusion that you will be able to easily take a J.D. and work in another field if you decide that law is not the right path for you. 

In other words, it’s crucial for you to determine whether law is right for you before you go to law school.

Explore—Some Easy First Steps You Can Take to Explore Law

You can begin exploring law and law school by:

You’ll also want to start developing a rapport with professors and advisors who could potentially write letters of recommendation for you later on, if and when the time comes for you to apply for law school.

Similarly, you can start seeing what the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is all about by attending a workshop, researching the test online, and/or exploring the LSAT preparation materials available in the CLA Career Services Resource Room in 411 Bruininks Hall.

Experience—Explore Law by Experiencing It Firsthand

The best way to determine if law is truly the right career path for you is to gain some experience in the field. So once you’ve done some initial exploratory activities like talking to attorneys or taking law-related courses, the next step is to work in the law in some capacity. 

You don’t need to work at a law firm to get this type of experience! In fact, almost every experience can be related to law in some way. 

With that in mind, here are some experiential ideas you can look into: