If you are thinking about law school, you should be thinking about life as a lawyer. Whatever your motivation for entering the profession, you should be well informed. Learn as much as you can about the profession before investing your time and money. Ask yourself, "Why do I want to become a lawyer? Why do I want to go to law school?"
Students are entering the law profession in record numbers. There are fewer jobs for recent graduates of law schools. There is a high "burnout" rate among those who work as lawyers. There are enormous expenses, both financial and emotional, associated with the commitment to law school. Make an informed decision.
Deborah Arron, author of What can you do with a Law Degree? (Seattle: Niche Press, 1994), has developed a list of traits shared by contented lawyers. These traits may help determine your potential satisfaction with the profession:
Similarly, Arron has developed a personality preference quiz to help determine if the law is for you:
Arron says that a "yes" answer to any of these questions ought to raise serious questions about the wisdom of using a law degree to practice law and should push you toward a more thorough self-assessment and consideration of other career paths.
But not everyone who earns a law degree chooses to practice law. A Juris Doctorate can serve you well in careers in business, administration, politics, academia, and many non-practitioner jobs within the profession including the legal products and services industry.