We've compiled a complete list of resources for you to review as you begin to consider law school.
We suggest that you:
- Check out our detailed handouts and resources for Illinois students on our Compass page.
- Explore the Law School Admission Council’s many resources.
- Read publications catering to lawyers, such as the National Law Journal, which is free with registration, and Law.com, which contains numerous articles on current issues in the legal field.
- Investigate additional online resources, including the American Bar Association, the National Association of Law Placement, and Internet Legal Research Group.
- Review the American Bar Association’s statement on preparing for law school to get a better idea of what skills lawyers use and how to be a strong candidate for law school.
- Talk with a career counselor or a pre-law advisor about your interest in pursuing legal studies.
- Conduct research on legal careers using online resources or those at our office or The Career Center.
- Watch Discoverlaw.org's videos on different areas of law.
- Visit our resource room for a copy of the National Association for Law Placement’s Official Guide to Legal Specialties, which contains profiles of many different types of legal practitioners. These profiles contain very helpful information, including what a day in the life of these lawyers is like, what types of clients and projects they have, and their work-life balance.
- Honestly and realistically assess your interests as well as your strengths and weaknesses.
- Determine whether a legal career is a good fit for you through Exploring Pathways in Career Success (EPICS) an online program offered by The Career Center that includes an Interest Survey and other good tools.
- Do the self-assessment exercises found in Should You Really Be a Lawyer? The Guide to Smart Career Choices Before, During, and After Law School by Deborah Schneider and Gary Belsky.
- Read the classic career guide Do What You Are by Paul Tieger and Barbara Barron, which contains helpful Myers-Briggs-based diagnostic exercises to help you determine what your Myers-Briggs personality type is and match your personality type to a career.
- Intern with a law firm or law-related organization to gain exposure to the field and to experience the work environment.
Note: Some of the information above is attributed to the Northeast Association of Pre-Law Advisors Pre-Law Guide and used with permission. For more information, consult the University of Illinois Pre-Law Handbook.