Applying to Law School
Deciding to Study and Practice Law
Even if you have “always wanted to be a lawyer,” you should take time to look both inward--at your abilities and goals--and outward--at the realities of law school admissions, legal education, job opportunities, and working conditions-- before tying your hopes and significant money to law school applications.
To assess your interests and values, you might make use of resources available through the Office of Career Services.
Browse through the many references in the Career Resource Library, and read Career Services' newsletter--Career Connections --to be aware of on-campus informational programs.
Question your preconceptions about “The Law.” Do they dovetail with the realities of law school admissions, job opportunities, and working conditions? If you have limited firsthand, current information about legal education and practice, do as many of the following as you can:
- Consult with the pre-law advisor.
- Talk to law students, lawyers, and public servants; use the computer program to identify alumni/ae whom you may contact for information
about their careers.
- Attend a law school fair to talk with representatives of various regional and national law schools.
- Visit some law schools. There are several within close proximity of Hartwick.
- Spend a day with a practicing attorney or other professional trained in law. Career Services offers the Binghamton Job Shadow Program and the MetroLink program that make these arrangements.
- Work alongside legal professionals by arranging an internship through the Office of Career Services.
If, after all your investigations, you remain uncertain about a career in law, you might choose to work for a while before committing yourself to a legal education.