Is Law School Right for Me Right Now?

 

 

In this assessment, you’ll receive a score based on how carefully you’ve considered one of the most important decisions of your life. For each statement that follows, assign a consideration score from
0 (not at all) to 5 (extensively).

 

This assessment is designed to tell you whether you've sufficiently considered the various factors that bear on your decision of whether to attend law school. Depending on where you score based on the ranges below, you'll know either that you're making a well-informed decision or you'll know what steps to take to gain additional insight into whether law school is right for you right now.

 

Your Results:

 

Score Range

 

Assessment

 

0-30

 

You haven’t thoroughly considered various factors that are relevant when deciding whether to attend law school.

 

31-75

 

You have considered some of the factors relevant to your decision about attending law school. Before investing a large amount of time and money to attend law school, we recommend doing further research so you are making a fully informed decision.

 

76-100

 

You’ve thoroughly researched your decision. Now it’s up to you to review the results of your research and decide whether law school is right for you right now. It’s a big decision, so if you’d like to talk through options with us, we’re available.

If you scored lower than you had hoped, that’s okay!

The assessment guides you on the steps you need to take to improve your score. Also, it may just be that law school isn’t right for you right now, in which case you may benefit from working for a bit before revisiting whether to apply. As an added benefit, many law schools look favorably on law students who work after graduating college.

Want to learn more about your score?

 

Read below for more information about resources for improving your score. 

Review our Undergraduates page, which has helpful information about applying to law school.

Still unsure? Schedule a free call with us to talk about your decision. 

 

Additional Resources

 

I’ve investigated the financial benefits of attending law school by:

(Question 7)  Reviewing figures of the typical employment outcomes for the students at your target schools:

https://www.glassdoor.com/blog/guide/lawyer-careers/

https://www.raise.me/careers/legal/lawyers

I’ve carefully considered the reasons I want to attend law school by:

(Question 9)  Taking law-related courses during college to gain some exposure to legal topics:

https://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/law-admissions-lowdown/articles/college-classes-that-best-prepare-you-for-law-school

https://www.quora.com/What-are-some-important-classes-to-take-in-college-in-order-to-become-a-lawyer

(Question 10)  Researching different types of jobs that require a law degree or where a law degree is an advantage:

https://www.collegeconsensus.com/law/law-degree-jobs/

https://www.nalp.org/jd_advantage_jobs_detail_may2013

(Question 13)  Evaluating the likely strength of my application by reviewing my objective statistics, specifically GPA and LSAT score, to admitted students at my reach, goal, and safety schools:

https://www.princetonreview.com/law-school-advice/admissions-index

https://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/law-admissions-lowdown/articles/how-law-schools-evaluate-a-transcript-with-multiple-degrees

I understand the opportunity cost of law school by:

(Question 14)  Recognizing that a law degree may be a hindrance for some non-law positions as employers may be unlikely to hire you because, e.g., they think you are overqualified, will leave for a better opportunity as a lawyer, or will have unrealistic salary expectations:

https://www.econlib.org/archives/2015/07/is_an_unused_jd.html

I understand the challenging nature of law school and a legal career by:

(Question 16) Understanding that law schools typically grade all of their 1L students on a strict curve, which means you’re competing against your classmates:

https://www.suigenerislss.com/post/what-is-the-1l-curve-and-how-to-embrace-it

(Question 17)  Researching the stress that comes with law school, including that law students are more stressed than any other graduate school population:

https://www.lclma.org/2019/01/18/the-full-weight-of-law-school-stress-on-law-students-is-different/

 

(Question 18)  Understanding that many legal jobs are stressful and that lawyers have among the highest rates of suicide as well as alcohol and drug abuse:

https://www.abajournal.com/magazine/article/attorney_suicide_what_every_lawyer_needs_to_know

 

(Question 20)  Recognizing that many legal positions, particularly for junior attorneys, require working more than 40 hours per week, and sometimes significantly more:

https://www.clio.com/blog/lawyer-working-hours/

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Professor Haimes is an excellent and engaging instructor who returns excellent feedback through prompt responses and much availability for one-on-one meetings. In being a first-generation law student with no background in legal studies, I am so thankful to have met Professor Haimes and enrolled in Sui Generis to help orient my way in my first year of law school."