Students considering law school must not only investigate the legal field, but must also investigate the core reasons that attract them to law. An introspective analysis of why you want to pursue a career in law will prove informative. Why do you want to attend law school? It appears to be a straightforward and simple question—and it is. However, why then are many law school hopefuls left speechless? The reason: Many interested in the legal profession believe that they know what the profession is all about and what the work is like. However, many possess an unrealistic view of the profession resulting from the profession’s pervasive image in the media. Additionally, when some law school hopefuls do articulate reasons for attending law school, these reasons may contain erroneous assumptions about the profession or they may not contain sufficient reasoning to attend law school.

Some often-cited justifications for choosing law school, all of which are self-evidently problematic:


The following characteristics have been found to be shared by satisfied lawyers:


As you look at the characteristics above, ask yourself the following questions: Do you share the same characteristics as satisfied attorneys? To what degree? Are they your strengths? Use this information to help you determine your potential satisfaction with the profession before you apply to law school.