Careers in law are rewarding on multiple fronts. First, when you wake up in the morning, the day ahead of you is likely to present opportunities to make a real difference to people’s lives. Secondly, you will most likely benefit from job security, as the skills learned in law are transferable not only to other law firms, but to other areas of law. You will also be in a position to earn a wage that should support everything that you wish to achieve in life. Sound good? Want to know more? As an example, why not find a car accident lawyer to get an idea of a career in law. Now, let’s look at tips for starting your legal career.
An academic record that gleams
If your high school results were poor and any higher education grades were more towards the ‘must try harder’ end of the scale, the chances of being accepted onto a law degree course are slim. You may have excuses. You may have been sick or injured during your studies and your academic record may not represent your full potential. Unfortunately, other people who were not afflicted with similar setbacks are applying to the same course as you. Once the quota for this year’s intake of students is full, it’s full. The tip here is that you may need to resit your exams to gain the necessary grades to stand out in the crowd.
Don’t study any old thing
What you choose to study matters. For example, if all of your classes prior to your law degree application seem to have a heavy focus on the performing arts, it may be debatable as to whether you will suit a change of gear towards academic study. In comparison, applications from your peers who have spent years studying courses such as English, History, Politics and Economics will look to be a more suitable fit. You can increase your chances of being selected for a place on a law course by choosing your classes wisely.
Extra, extra, read all about it
If you have spent the time to get the grades in subjects likely to catch the eye of the admissions team, you can sit back and relax, right? Wrong. You need to spend your free time working towards your goal, too. Think of it like starting a band. If you need a drummer, and you have a choice between someone who only plays during paid-for lessons, and someone who plays for fun as often as possible, you’re going to want to check out the dedicated drummer over the not-really-bothered drummer. What does this mean? Join a debating team or get involved with student government. Any edge to your application will help.
Randall Sevenish is an Attorney and the Founder of Sevenish Law in Indianapolis, Indiana, in the US.