Exploring Alternatives to the Legal Life

I’m a senior, and during spring break I got that dreaded question, “What are you going to do once you graduate?” Here’s the thing: I have an answer, and I have an honest answer. My answer is that I am going to apply to law school. My honest answer is that I don’t want to go to law school yet, but I don’t say my honest answer. You follow me?

I’m torn between my head and my heart. I majored in International Relations, but I did everything I could to make it as much like pre-law as possible. I bought the latest LSAT book for the summer. And the truth is I think the legal world is really interesting! I love the problems that the courts have to solve: picking apart moral dilemmas and trying to make the law work best for the people who need it. I just don’t think I’m ready yet to spend all next year studying, picking out schools, and applying, just to spend another three years in law school, stressing out about the Bar. I need some time to figure out what I want to do. I also need a job, and I do want to stay in the legal world. What are some jobs that I can work for a few years, to find out if the legal world is really “for me?” I know about becoming a paralegal at a law firm, but what are some jobs I might not be thinking of that will put me in, or near, the courtroom?