Nazaneen [Naz] Akbari graduated from UC Berkeley in 2009 with a dual degree in English Literature (concentration in Shakespearean Literature) and French Language. The first time she ever took a practice LSAT test she scored a 145 but raised it to a 175 through hard work and practice. Since then she has been an LSAT instructor and private tutor.
Naz has always had a penchant for standardized tests and finds happiness in helping others raise their LSAT scores. Naz lives in Los Angeles and is a real-life starving artist trying to find success as a novelist. In her free time she likes to bake, paint and read anything she can get her mitts on.
Thinking about law school? It is important to remember that law school is a big commitment. After all, it will cost you three years of your life and $180K in tuition.
Here at LSATMax LSAT Prep, we try to not only prepare our students for the LSAT, but also for what they will expect in the years to come. We constantly hear prelaw students throwing around the wrong reasons to go to law school, so we’ve compiled a list of these misguided reasons in order to ward our students against them.
The 6 Wrong Reasons to Go to Law School:
(1) “I like arguing and everyone says I’m good at it.”
Very few lawyers ever partake in anything similar to the conventional “argument.” Most people who say they like to argue tend to argue more to be contentious rather than for the intellectual challenge of it all. With the exception of the top law schools, you won’t find yourself stuck in intellectual discourse during your studies or lectures. You learn black letter law and if you are lucky you might get a question on how you feel about the consequences of such laws.
(2) “I want to be like Jack McCoy from Law & Order or [insert your favorite legal TV Show character].”
If you don’t know it by now, you need a huge reality check. No television show has ever correctly depicted life as a lawyer. It’s not this romantic, drama-filled career where you get to yell, “I want the truth!” and give five-minute speeches before every witness interrogation. Being a lawyer is tedious and, frankly, boring. TV would never want to have a show about some lawyer writing out interrogatories and filing them in a timely manner with the court.
(3) “It’s the only way I can use my humanities degree.”
Wrong. There are so many things to do with this versatile degree. In this day and age a literate, intelligent and well-read person who can write is a huge commodity. Don’t sell yourself short.
(4) “I want to change the world/help homeless people rescue stray kittens, do something noble.”
We do think if you really do have your goals set on helping out, then being an attorney is a great pathway towards this. However, make sure you know what you are getting yourself into. Most of those “change the world” jobs don’t pay much, and many of you will find that you are forced to get a high paying corporate job to pay off those loans! So, all the more reason to be patient during your LSAT prep and truly maximize your LSAT score; the higher your score, the more financial aid you will be offered. There are also loan forgiveness programs for public interest lawyers.
(5) “I don’t know what else to do.”
If you don’t know what to do, then why would you want to choose a ridiculously rigorous three year course load that will leave you in hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt just to find out you may not have actually wanted it? It’s okay if you don’t know what you want to do. Take the time and really think about it. Do some research, ask some people and get your hands dirty!
(6) “I want to make a lot of money.”
People look at those high-powered lawyer jobs and think: gee, $140,000 a year is bomb! Well, let’s take a moment and think about it. Most large corporate firms that pay this kind of dough require somewhere between 1,900-2,000 billable hours from their associates. This is total number of hours of actual work you can bill directly to a client. On average it takes about 10 hours in the office to accrue 7 billable hours. This means a typical attorney has to work about 2,700 real hours in a year to meet their minimum “billables.” That means working 7.5 hours EVERY SINGLE DAY OF THE YEAR. Dividing that we get $50 per hour. There are a myriad of jobs that pay this amount and don’t require three years of law school: funeral director, marketing manager, financial aid officer, etc. Now, don’t get us wrong, we do think being an attorney is one way towards “making a lot of money.” But, it’s certainly not a guaranteed way, nor is it the only way.
In a recent study the ABA asked lawyers if they would recommend a legal career to others and 6 out of 10 of them said no. But, this isn’t meant to discourage those of you who really do want to go to law school. Remember, four out of those ten said yes!
Our advice to you is to really think about it and make sure to educate yourself on what to expect and how best to prepare yourself. In an effort to help you do this, we’d like to share a link with you for our law school app: The Law School Top 100; and for our critically acclaimed LSAT eBook: The Road to 180: The Ultimate Guide to LSAT Prep.
The Law School Top 100 will help you navigate through the top 100 law schools in the nation and break down each school by various criteria including LSAT score and GPA, while The Road to 180 will arm you with the answers to not only the questions you have, but also to those you never knew you needed to ask. We hope you enjoy!
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