Dec 9, 2011

Some Bad Reasons to Go to Law School

Part 2 of my conversation with Professor Stephen Bretsen:


  1. Hmmm...some of this may have been helpful to me 12 years ago. I still feel that God has called me into the practice of law, but sometimes I still wonder...

  2. Thanks for the comment!

    I agree-- I could have used some good advising years ago, but for some reason the state of the profession these days makes me more concerned for the current crop.

  3. One of the bad reasons mentioned was not having a full understanding of the law "process" or experience per say. I am a high school student who feels the Lord calling me to this field but do not have any previous experience besides what I have read up on. Would it then be best for me to study pre-law or go into political science in a liberal arts college to get the most "pre" experience before law college rather than studying 'any' field?

    Thank you so much for following the Lord's calling and sharing your wisdom with others. Many, including myself, have greatly benefited from it!

    God bless!

  4. Thanks for the comment, Madi, and for reading the blog and for your kind words.

    Here are my thoughts. The best "law" experience is not what you get in undergraduate classes (of any kind), but what you learn from individual lawyers or from practical primers on the practice. The best thing to do is to track down an attorney in your church and ask to follow him or her around for a day or two, then ask for names of lawyers who practice in a different area of law to see what they do.

    Political Science is a good major, but so is history or philosophy or English. Or even a hard science, if that is your thing. Pre-law is an excellent major if it is a concentration of these things, rather than an introduction to law school or "junior law."

    Does that make sense?

    Prelaw advisors out there . . . feel free to jump in!


  5. Thank you so much for your intuitive response! You have certainly given me some things to think about. Hunting down said lawyer will be a bit of a challenge as the ones I know are well into retirement but I shall definitely do that! The Lord provides and it's a wonderful solution :)

    Hmm, I have heard of pre-law advisers but have never looked for one. Should I go to a college or is there another place where I can find one?

    Thank you so so much for your advice!
    God bless!