Question #4: Do I really need law-related work before law school?

Yes. Life experience after college and law-related work experience help you develop an informed basis for the study of the law. You want to enter law school with a personal understanding of the nature of legal work, and the world of lawyers and law firms. You need an appreciation for the standards and pressures in legal work. Post-college life experience and law-related work experience will reveal to you whether not law school and the legal profession are right for you. You want to make that decision before you enter law school, not after.

Consider as well learning from the resources available to prelaw students that focus on preparation for success in law school. One such commercial organization is BAR/BRI.  Consider their materials and courses for first-year law students.  Visit them at, for more information about their program offerings.  Also consider for their course.


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