I wasn't quite sure what to expect from the Legal Analysis book that was sent by my law school. I obviously knew that it was going to be an attempt to jump start the learning train for 1Ls, but I didn't think that it would be as informative as it is. I'm only a few chapters in and so far I've taken a lot from this book. It's provided a few clues on how to properly brief a case, which is something you spend your entire law school career doing. It also goes into detail to explain the importance of your first semester of law school and how it can affect your overall job prospects in the future. I'm really glad I'm reading this and apart from an actual case that was included in the second chapter, it's been a fairly easy read. It's interesting and I'm feeling a little bit more at ease.
Also, I had a blog on Tumblr before I joined Blogger. I really only use it to link back to this blog now, so I hadn't really gotten around to many of the questions in my ask box there. A lot of them were law school related, so I thought I would answer them here. So keep reading ...
How hard was it to get into law school?
Getting into law school isn't an overnight thing. The three main components to your application are your GPA, LSAT and personal statement. GPA is obviously something that you're working on throughout your entire time as an undergrad. So naturally, I had my stressful days, but I also had my days when I just went out and had fun like everyone else. It's all about balance and time management. So it took a lot of hard work .. but it was hard work over time and that eased the process a little bit.
How are you planning on paying for law school/ how did you pay for undergrad?
I was on soccer scholarship during my years at school in Louisiana, except for my final (extra) semester. That definitely helped out a lot, but I also have pretty awesome parents that have always footed the bill for me, so I have no loans at all from undergrad. As far as law school goes, it's expensive. I will have some loans and I've also made an effort to work as much as I can during my time in Toronto to help pay for school expenses. Plus, I always have my parents to fall back on, should I really need them ... but I'm trying to take care of things on my own.
What did you do to prepare for the LSAT?
I took a Kaplan course that really helped. They provided me with all kinds of textbooks and really walked me through the process. I had a teacher that I could email anytime I was having problems and it really really made a world of difference for me. I would definitely recommend it, although they are quite expensive. They can be over a thousand dollars depending on the course you want. Once again, thank God for my parents ... they made it happen for me.
What kind of lawyer do you want to be?
I'm really not sure. I'm interested in many kinds of law. I'm just waiting to actually sit through these classes and see what sparks my interest the most. I have an idea of the direction I want to go in, but that could always change.
Why do you want to be a lawyer?
I've known I've wanted to be a lawyer for a while now and there are so many reasons that it's hard for me to put it all together. Mainly, I want to make changes and help people during some of their most traumatic times. I see a lot of injustices in this world, across the board, that I want to help change. I want people to know that the law can work in their favor if they understand it.