Are you applying to law school because you want three more years to figure out what to do with your life? Guess what. That’s not the way this works.
You need to know where you want to work geographically, and what kind of work you want to do, well before graduation.
In fact, it’s helpful to know both of these things before the end of your first semester.
Summer Jobs Are Critical
Why? Because your summer jobs are critical in law school, and you can apply for your 1L summer job starting in December of your first year.
Arguably your 1L summer job is somewhat flexible. You can use it to explore a different area of the country or a practice area you’re not entirely committed to.
Your 2L summer job, however, is absolutely critical, and you will interview for this job at the end of your 1L summer. Let me repeat that. You will interview for your 2L summer position, the position that hopefully leads to a permanent offer after you graduate, before you even start your second year of law school!
If you’re not interested in working in the sort of environment that hires summer associates, you have a little more flexibility, since smaller firms and public interest organizations don’t generally hire quite so far in advance, but, even here, your summer jobs will strongly influence the job you can get when you graduate. The more experience you gain in the location and field you want to work in from the start, the better.
Know Why You’re There
The point is a basic one – you need to have a pretty good idea what you’re planning to do when you graduate, before showing up for your first law school class.
You’re not going to have much time to “explore your options” before you have to start making some far-reaching, life-changing decisions.
More myths about law school, coming right up!
- Law School Myth #1: Lawyers Make a Lot of Money
- Law School Myth #2: Student Loan Debt is Good Debt
- Law School Myth #3: Law School Gives You Three More Years to Decide What to Do With Your Life
- Law School Myth #4: Life as a Lawyer is Exciting and Intellectually Challenging
- Law School Myth #5: Getting a Law Degree Opens Lots of Doors
- Law School Myth #6: You Can Trust a Law School’s Employment Numbers
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