Welcome to the first post in a series featuring Law Schools. During this series, we will be discussing many different topics regarding gaining a education in law. We hope to provide you with useful information that will assist you in your educational and career pursuits.
With so many career paths to ponder, it may be difficult to decide on the profession you wish to pursue. Many people choose to go into the practice of law because of it’s diverse employment opportunities and high earning potential. Maybe you’re just now considering attending law school, or perhaps, it’s been your childhood dream to attend one of the prestigious law schools in Boston. Whatever the case may be, most first, second and third year law school students (known as 1L, 2L, and 3L, respectively) will tell you that it’s not the best bet for everyone, but perfect for some.
Going to law school can be an exciting journey resulting in a rewarding career in a variety of different professions. Law school typically takes three years to complete and is often characterized by students as “grueling, but worth it”. Just merely getting into law school requires you to study endlessly for LSAT, or Law School Admission Test, which is required for admission by all American Bar Association (ABA)-accredited schools. There are an endless amount of tips for getting into law school, along with countless study guides and practice exams to prepare you for this monumental test, some of which can cost multiple thousands of dollars. While law school acceptance rates can be intimidating, it is important to work hard, focus on your goals, and never give up despite the stress that you may feel.
While a recent U.S. News & World Report article reported that average law school tuition rates have risen for the 2010-2011 school year even as legal jobs have diminished over the same time period, that hasn’t slowed down on the number of applications the top law schools continue to receive. The most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics report explained similar findings, namely, that 3,900 legal jobs were cut in the month of June, capping off a year of 22,200 job losses for the industry. But even given such sobering statistics, there remains little protraction in the number of students continuing to chase their dream of working as a law practitioner. [Read more...]