What Lawyers Do

So I was sitting in one of my classes and was horrified at what I heard people talking about. One person was saying they’re holding off going to law school because they “don’t know enough” to go to law school. I quickly got into the conversation.

It was shocking. This person thought there was some prerequisite knowledge you needed to go to law school. They also thought that knowledge had to do with government and politics. I wanted to bang my head into the wall. Sure, I think if you want to go to law school you should have a grasp of what functions each branch of government has and how ideas eventually become laws. However, there’s a reason why the only thing you need to get into a law school is an LSAT score and a Bachelor’s Degree. They teach you the law IN LAW SCHOOL. I know plenty of people without political science degrees going to/graduating from law school.

While we’re on this topic, there’s also this crazy assumption that lawyers are all in court and all handle criminal cases. Again, I’m dying over here. Something like 75-80% of all lawyers do something OTHER than criminal or courtroom matters. We’re not all representing the state or defending someone accused of a crime. There area actually things called corporate law, tax law, employment law etc. out there. There’s nothing wrong with practicing criminal law, and I honestly think it looks quite fun. However, it isn’t the primary things lawyers do. So for all of you considering a career in the law, please do some research, the law is a very expansive environment. I was honestly horrified to find someone who is seriously considering law school having so little idea what lawyers actually do in the day-to-day business of being a lawyer.


About wannabelawyer

Future Law Student preparing for Law School. Follow me on my journey.
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