Step 3: Read About Profession

Investigate the profession further by reading about it in newspapers and magazines. Some helpful resources are: Lexis/Nexis: The American Lawyer, Legal Times, Corporate Counsel, The Legal Intelligencer, National Law Journal, Law Technology News, The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, and Medical Malpractice Law & Strategy.

You can also search for specific state and city legal publications such as the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Connecticut Law Tribune, Pennsylvania Law Weekly, and Texas Lawyer.

For seniors, Scott Turow’s One L: The Turbulent True Story of a First Year at Harvard Law School, which describes his first year as a law student at Harvard Law School, is required reading. This book accurately portrays the atmosphere and challenges that a first year law student must endure.

Taking the Initial Step

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Many students identify with a career in law on their list of top five careers they’re considering. The American Bar Association (ABA) advises students to engage in a serious inquiry about their career goals before choosing to apply to and attend law school. The ABA contends: “Embarking on a legal education requires a great deal of thought as well as a sizable investment of time, money, and energy.”

Talk to Professionals

To dispel common myths and stereotypes about the legal profession, conduct informational interviews. You must choose this profession based on real knowledge and not on commonly-held stereotypes and misperceptions of the profession. Use the information you garnered in Step 2 to narrow your selection of professionals you would like to interview.

Ask lawyers and professionals questions about their experiences in college, law school, and in the legal profession. Visit the Career Services Office for information on legal careers as well as career counseling.