Is law school right for me?

The decision to go to law school is a major one. It demands a great deal of personal commitment and financial sacrifice. And given the recent downturn in the economy, a law degree is no longer (if it ever was) a guarantee of a good job and rewarding career. It is wise, therefore, to do one’s homework and to test the waters as well. One way to do this is to participate in Sewanee’s Moot Court competition. Another way is to explore the legal work through a summer internship. (See Career & Leadership Development for information.) You should also talk candidly with friends in law school and family members or friends who are practicing lawyers about their experiences. Get a sense of what the day-to-day existence of a law student or practicing lawyer is like. If you don’t personally know any law students or practicing lawyers, this is a great opportunity to have the Career & Leadership Development Office put you in touch with alums who would be excited to talk to you about their experiences—and a great opportunity for you to network!