Deciding on Law School

The decision to attend law school is one of the most important of your life. A legal education demands time, effort, and financial investment. As you consider law school, research its curriculum and process, the work and lifestyle of a lawyer, and your personality fit with the profession. Your decision to enter law should be informed and grounded.

This decision is best made by being proactive, rather than reactive.

Proactive Reasons for Attending Law School sound like:
  • "After researching what lawyers actually do (and why and how they do it), I can see that law is a good fit with my abilities and personality."
  • "I not only am passionate about the challenges and issues lawyers address, but find myself continually thinking about and discussing them with my peers, professors, and family."
  • "I have a natural tendency to pursue a high level of competence in all that I do; I am detail-oriented; I like to know, analyze and follow rules; and have an aptitude for argumentation, critical thinking, and logical reasoning."
  • "I enjoy dissecting issues to either prove a point or to illuminate faulty or erroneous thinking."
  • "I enjoy, and excel in, research, writing, and oral communication."
  • "One of my professors knows me well and has encouraged me to consider a career in law."
In contrast, Reactive Reasons for Attending Law School sound like:
  • "I can't decide what else I'll do after college.  It seems like my only (or the safest) option."  You might feel this way because you are intimidated by the thought of conducting a job search during senior year.  Law school should not be a next-step "safety net".
  • "My parent/guardian/relative/friend strongly recommends the legal profession.  They say it will give me job security/prestige/a high income/numerous options because I'll have a JD ('you can do anything with a law degree')."
  • "All of my relatives/friends are 'professionals'."
  • "I struggled with Organic Chemistry, and so decided to drop my plans to attend medical school, but still want to enter a respected profession."

Wesleyan's Pre-law Advisor, Jim Kubat, supports both students and alumni at any point in their decision-making process, and in any class year. Individual appointments may be scheduled with Jim throughout the calendar year.