Scotusnerd wrote:Yeah, there's a pretty simple way to tell, actually. And free!
Start reading the decisions. See if you like it, or if any particular area of law interests you. See if you can understand what they're talking about. Buy a law dictionary or find a free, online version and figure out the latin phrases and terminology.
If the Supreme Court is too much of a pain in the ass, check out your local state supreme court instead, whatever it's called. Learn about your judicial system and figure out which one is the top dog.
If you think you want to be like law and order and go all prosecutor/defense attorney, I have an easy way to tell that as well.
Go watch guilty pleas at your local courthouse for two or three days. No, not trials, because those happen maybe a few times a year, if you're lucky. Guilty pleas. Talk to a PD or a prosecutor and see if you can't ask them some questions about their job. See if you can stand them personally.
Basically, at the end of the day, lawyers make their money doing very boring shit that no one else wants to do. If you are (mildly) interested in doing said boring shit, then you should go to law school. If you can't stand said boring shit, then you should probably find another career. The job market is too competitive to justify going to law school for any reason other than 'I enjoy doing this.'
No. Not at all.
I know a girl who worked as a paralegal for sometime before law school. She absolutely loves legal work and she probably reads opinions for fun. But she did terribly in law school and, as far as I know, she doesn't have a legal job. Obviously, it's not something that could have been predicted before she started law school, but I just want to make clear that loving what you do won't make you more successful at it. At the same time there's a guy from my 1L class who is here because his parents are forcing him to go to law school. He clearly does not give a fuck about anything, and yet he's doing great because he's some kind of law school genius. Being able to spot issues on an exam has no relation to your love of the law.