As you start to explore careers in law for your future, you may find yourself asking some questions like these:
- What’s the job description of a lawyer?
- How do you become a lawyer?
- What type of person typically becomes a lawyer, and do you fit the bill?
- What are some of the different types of law you could pursue?
…and, perhaps most importantly…
- Do you have what it takes to succeed in—and enjoy as your life’s ambition—a career in law?
If you’re seriously interested in becoming a lawyer, you probably know that careers in law are not like they’re portrayed in TV shows and movies, which usually offer a distorted—albeit dramatic and sometimes even inspiring—picture of the lawyer’s job and personality type, usually focused on high-profile trials and grandiloquent litigation, followed by heartwarming—yet narrow!—wins for the good guys.
In the real world, here are some traits you will need to both succeed at being a lawyer, and make sure your personality is suited to the task!
Find out more you need to know about the job description of a lawyer, different types of law, and other aspects of careers in law. Start doing your research now—you can’t get enough practice. Consider interning or working at a law office before applying to law school. Check out our list of top legal internships and get some experience—not just to check a box on your law school application, but to really figure out if being a lawyer is right for you!