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Is Law School Really for Me?

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It's time to ratchet up the discussion of the readiness, or fit, of undergraduates who are contemplating going to law school.

And it needs to go beyond self-introspection or a quick back-and-forth on social media.

The decision to enroll in law school can alter the trajectory of your life--the commitment requires an intense dedication to hundreds of hours of studies, an acceptance of years-long debt in the tens of thousands of dollars, and extreme pressure to pass the bar exam.

The pursuit of a law degree will stretch you to your limits and test your commitment. Students have dropped out of law degrees unable to cope with the intensity--but also unable to recoup that investment.

This gauntlet of challenges, though, typically hasn't dissuaded people from entering law school; after all, a potential reward in the form of prestige and high pay awaits.

But it's not for everybody. Not every person aspiring to attend law school and enter the legal profession should do so.

This is not an indictment of anyone's drive or commitment or intelligence. I can throw these stones because I was there.

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Chicago's Mark Levin is a "recovering attorney" who spent nearly 20 years in the legal industry in roles ranging from full-time practice to managing the business of a law firm to coaching business development strategies for firms and (more...)

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