If you are thinking about applying to law school, you should first think about the many aspects of the field of law as well as the current political climate. Why do you want to go, and why now?
Why Do You Want to Go to Law School?
Perhaps you have just earned your Bachelor’s degree in political science, legal studies, or criminology, and your plan has been to go to law school since you began your undergraduate studies. Perhaps you are in your thirties, hate your job, and want to try something completely different that will make you some good money. Many people hold misconceptions about lawyers – whether they are good or bad. You may think lawyers make loads of money for doing very little, or you may think lawyers sit in small, stuffy office cubicles doing piles of paperwork. While some lawyers do make a lot of money, and while the average individual workstation has shrunk from 80 to 39 square feet since 1992 according to a design and construction firm called Jacobs, and while some lawyers do have to do a lot of paperwork, these are only some aspects of the job.
When it comes to a reason to go to law school, you must think about the bigger picture. You are not going to be changing the world on a day-to-day basis as a lawyer. In fact, you’re going to have to do a lot of work you may find boring or insignificant. But, if you look at the bigger picture, there are many amazing and important reasons to become a lawyer.
You Can Help People
First, you can help people. Depending on the field of law you are interested in, helping people occurs on different levels. If you are an adoption lawyer, you would meet with individuals seeking adoption regularly. If you are a divorce lawyer, you may be doing and filing paperwork more than actually seeing the couple seeking a divorce. How often you want to deal with people comes with what law specialization you choose to pursue. However, no matter what field you choose, you are helping people in some way. It’s all about perspective and how you choose to see the importance of every task you do, no matter how big or small.
Helping people can also come in the form of pro-bono work. Essentially, this means you are doing work for free for people who may be able to afford legal representation in more extreme legal cases. You may think doing something like this is crazy, but you will not only be helping others – you will also increase the integrity and status of both yourself and where you work. Not only can you build a bigger client base you can assist, but your firm can take on more pro-bono cases and assist even more people in need.
You Can Help Make Change Happen
If want to go to law school to make change happen on a bigger level, then you have big dreams – you just have to make them achievable. If this is your dream, then consider choosing a specialization of law that will affect bigger change on a federal or national level. Environmental law is an important field of law that helps and represents eco-conscious companies and the environment alike. With current climate change issues, getting into this field of law will make a greater impact on the world. For example, the Florida Legislature has established source control program requirements for the Southern Everglades through the Everglades Forever Act and for the Northern Everglades as part of the Northern Everglades and Estuaries Protection Program. Change this big happens because young people go into law and want to make a difference in more impactful ways.
If you are interested in becoming a politician, then law school is definitely an avenue to consider. While there are negative stigmas surrounding politicians, they do help enact change in bigger ways. If you want to become a mayor, governor, or even the President of the United States, then start by earning a law degree and helping change happen in small ways. Build your career so you are seen as a leader who can enact positive change for the entire country.
Populations Need Your Help
Particular populations in the United States are often forgotten about or ignored. When it comes to healthcare, it becomes even more important to advocate for those who cannot advocate for themselves. These populations include individuals with disabilities, individuals of low socioeconomic status, elderly people, and mentally ill individuals. Did you know that almost
70% of Americans turning 65 will need long-term care at some point? With a lack of access to healthcare, more and more people will need care – and you can help. By entering the law profession, you are opening up many doors and giving yourself opportunities to help many populations you may care about. What do you think is important? Who needs help? Ask yourself these questions before you begin your academic and professional journeys.
The law profession can open up many opportunities. Whether you want to help people adopt a baby, help a couple going through a divorce, help enact laws that will help the environment, or help individuals with disabilities gain more rights and opportunities to healthcare, it’s important to have a purpose. The key to being a lawyer is having a passion for something that will affect change – whether it be big or small.