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Did you always know you wanted to study law? If so how come?


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Jordan’s Answer

I had no clue that I was interested in law until I took a sports law course during my time as an undergraduate at the University of Michigan (second semester of my sophomore year). I started researching different law paths and careers and talked to people I knew in the industry in order to gain a better understanding of law as a whole. I am now a senior in college applying to law schools with the hope of going into Sport and Entertainment Law someday. Definitely never too late to start - best of luck!

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Mariana’s Answer

Hello!
I have always known I wanted to go to Law School, yes. But I had a lot of emotional crisis when I actually got to college!
What helped me to keep on this path was thinking of what motivates me to wake up in the morning and what I want to do, what kind of impact I want to have on the world. I decided that I wanted to lower poverty, social injustice and use my voice for the voiceless.
I also focused on what careers I would follow in this field, and I came to the conclusion that there's a wide range of options which is really exciting, you can help people in so many ways.
But to sum it up: I knew I wanted to help the voiceless and that was my motivation to keep on going.

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Minda’s Answer

As a child, I wanted to be queen, not a realistic option ;). When I started college, I thought I wanted to follow in my dad’s footsteps and become a management psychologist. Unfortunately I did not enjoy being a psychology major and it didn’t feel like the right path for me.

I took some time to reconsider what I enjoy. I love reading, especially legal mysteries. I wasn’t going to base my future career off what genre of books I enjoyed so I sought out opportunities to confirm I was truly interested in the law. I spent 2 summers in college working with a labor arbitrator who was a great mentor. I confidentially applied to law school knowing this was the right career for me.

That being said, I do not like the litigation process. But there are so many different types of legal work as well as legally related jobs where your law school background is helpful.

If I could do it over, I probably would be a business major and then gotten a combined JD/MBA. No matter what field you choose, knowing how to run a business is an important asset and they don’t teach you how to network or manage in law school.

Wishing you lots of luck.

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Edward’s Answer

Many relatives asked me what I wanted to do; by age 15 I had an answer
I knew I wanted to help people, and I knew I loved to read, write and speak
I knew I wanted to avoid travel (my Dad was away 28 days a month for many years)
I thought lawyers read, wrote, spoke and didn't travel.
I was right about all but the last (even travel is decreasing now, with the internet so heavily used)

Edward recommends the following next steps:

think hard about what you like to do
Saved!
if you get a job doing what you like to do anyway, you won't "work" and will stick with it long enough (10,000 hours minimum) to become good at it
Saved!

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Oratile’s Answer

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Hi Oratile, could you add to your answer a bit to provide some information/explanation for why you said no? Alexandra Carpenter

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Jorie’s Answer

Yes! As a child, I loved legal dramas (particularly Law & Order SVU). Now, I'll say this with the caveat that real law practice is not like it is portrayed on TV or in the movies; however, it was always something that interested me even at a very young age. When I went to college, I wanted to make sure I really liked the legal field and not that I just enjoyed watching legal shows, so I took a class my sophomore year called Law, Lawyers, & the Legal System and I was SOLD. I declared my major shortly thereafter and started on the path to law school. This career hasn't always been fun and I've had some hardships along the way, but I can't imagine doing anything else!

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