How Do I Know If a Legal Career is For Me? 

Explore! Ask questions, extern, observe, but thoroughly consider the concepts of law school and a law degree BEFORE putting yourself through the application process and the financial burden and stress of a law school education. Your time as an undergraduate at UVA will certainly help you build skills necessary to succeed in law; but no amount of education will help you enjoy a career that isn't a fit for you.

Think About Your Future Skill Set

The American Bar Association suggests you acquire the skills below prior to law school. Are these skills you have and want to develop?

  • Critical Reading
  • Writing
  • Oral communication
  • Listening
  • Task Organization & Management
  • Analytical Skills
  • Conflict Management
  • Ability to Work With Others
  • Creativity

Conduct a Self-Evaluation

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do I like to think of ways to solve other people’s problems?
  • Do I enjoy working on research projects?
  • Do I like writing papers?
  • Do I enjoy speaking in front of people?
  • Do I like thinking on my feet?
  • Do I find history and current events interesting?
  • Do I thrive in conflict situations?
  • Do I work well under the pressure of deadlines?
  • Do I juggle multiple tasks well?
  • Do I enjoy a good argument for the sake of a good argument?

If you answered yes to majority of the questions above, you could be a good fit for the legal profession.