8. Do I have \n\n* a strong GPA and LSAT score,\n* a transcript that shows challenging courses,\n* a strong personal statement, and \n* strong letters of recommendation?\n\nYes. Go to [[So, Should I Go to Law School?]]\n[[No]]
Do not go to law school.
If you have answered yes to every question, then you should //perhaps// go to law school. \n\nBut try to answer all of the questions, especially the first three, again. \n\nSee if your yeses hold up. If they do, then seek advice from trusted mentors on your next steps.\t\n\n
1. Do I genuinely want to go to law school for my own personal, intrinsically motivated reasons?\n\n//Family pressures, the desire for power or money, or the need to validate your choice of major are not good reasons.//\n\nYes. Go to [[Question 2]] \n[[No]]\n\n \n\n
Should I go to law school?
7. Am I a strong reader, writer, and analyst?\n\nYes. Go to [[Question 8]]\n[[No]]
6. Do I have a specific, actionable plan for minimizing all of my personal and law-school debt as much as possible?\n\n\nYes. Go to [[Question 7]]\n[[No]]
Drew M. Loewe
4. Have I fully investigated the admissions standards, student support services, bar-passage rate, reputation, clinical experience opportunities, student retention figures, faculty turnover, genuine job placement statistics, and student debt load at any school to which I am considering applying? \n\n//"Genuine job placement statistics” mean placement in only those jobs external to the law school itself for which a law degree is INDISPENSABLE.//\n\nYes. Go to [[Question 5]]\n[[No]]
5. Have I communicated directly* with multiple current and former students of any law school to which I am considering applying (so as to get the benefit of their observations and experiences)?\n\n//*Directly=without law school staff or faculty present.//\n\nYes. Go to [[Question 6]]\n[[No]]
2. Have I fully investigated the different kinds of careers for which a law degree is INDISPENSABLE*?\n\n//*Indispensable, not “nice to have,” not “can’t hurt,” not “might open doors.”//\n\n\nYes. Go to [[Question 3]]\n[[No]]
3. Would I be happiest only in a career for which a law degree is INDISPENSABLE?\n\n//You can read, write, argue, analyze, affect policy, advocate, and work with the law in a range of careers, only some of which REQUIRE a law degree.//\n\nYes. Go to [[Question 4]]\n[[No]]