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Should I Go to Law School? - Quiz & Self-Assessment Test

Persistence, critical reading and people skills are all required of a good law student. Do you see law school in your future? Take this self-assessment to find out if you have the right stuff.

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Does Law School Appeal to You?

Law school is the first step toward becoming an attorney. While law school can be challenging, it can also open your mind to new ways of thinking and expose you to a variety of opinions. This quiz will tell you if you have what it takes to be successful in law school.

Which of the following questions describe you?

Are you curious about the world around you? Yes or No
Do you consider yourself an ethical person? Yes or No
Are you passionate about public service? Yes or No
Are you persistent? Yes or No
Do you have excellent communication skills? Yes or No
Are you always playing devil's advocate? Yes or No
Are you able to read between the lines? Yes or No
Do you have great people skills? Yes or No
Are you organized? Yes or No
Do you manage your time well? Yes or No

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What are the Traits of Successful Law Students?

Are you curious about the world around you?

As a law student you will be called on to analyze fact scenarios of all types and perform legal research, which is time intensive. If you're a naturally curious person, that research will be a lot easier.

Do you consider yourself an ethical person?

In spite of the many, many jokes, lawyers hold themselves to a very high moral standard. People trust lawyers with their money and their confidential information, so there are strict rules governing lawyers' conduct. If you have a criminal history, this may exclude you from law school and the practice of law.

Are you passionate about public service?

The practice of law is about helping people (and organizations and businesses), so law students should be dedicated to improving people's lives and seeking justice for them. Many law schools offer clinics where students practice their advocacy skills while they assist people who normally would not be able to afford legal services.

Are you persistent?

Law school is an intellectual challenge. The reading material is dry, professors ask you to parse language until your eyes cross, and tests are graded brutally. If you're the kind of person who will feel like giving up after the first bad grade, law school may not be right for you.

Do you have excellent communication skills?

A good law student must understand questions asked by professors, orally respond in class in a clear and succinct manor, and write, write, write! Many law schools require one or more extensive research and writing assignments for graduation, and nearly all law school classes are graded with a written test.

Are you always playing devil's advocate?

A good law student needs to be able to argue both sides of an issue, regardless of where his or her actual sympathies lie.

Are you able to read between the lines?

Law students need to read deeply, teasing out the meaning from court opinions. They also have to parse language in statutes, contracts, and other written material.

Do you have great people skills?

Lawyers often need to collaborate with other lawyers, paralegals, witnesses and their clients. Because lawyers need to work in teams to be successful, law school classes often make students demonstrate teamwork.

Are you organized?

Law students need to incorporate information from various sources into research and writing projects. They also need to combine reading done outside of class with lectures and class discussions to form a good outline to study from for exams.

Do you manage your time well?

Law school will require you to be prepared before each class, having done the necessary reading. Lawyers, similarly, need to be prepared before appearing in court, with all the legal research done and comprehensive knowledge about the facts of the case. It's important to efficiently manage your time, especially if you will be juggling part-time work with your law studies.

Next Steps

Law school might be right for you if you answered 'yes' to most of these questions. You will also need a very good college GPA and a high score on the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT). There is no one undergraduate major that is preferred by law schools and law students come from a variety of backgrounds, so major in something that interests you and do well in your classes if you want to go to law school.

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