I did, and I am most pleased with that coming of age decision. Being from a family of doctors, I knew I didn’t want to do that, so I thought law school was the next best thing. I didn’t discover the art of critical thinking until I got there. I’ve come to realize that a cup of common sense and a dash of critical thinking makes for a well rounded person in life.
But law school isn’t for everybody.People dropped like flies before the first year was over. In fact, the first day of orientation, they tell you to look to your left, look to your right, one of those students will not be there next year. As I stood looking to my left, then to my right, I became painfully aware that there were four eyes stared upon me. I was determined not to be overcome by the challenge so I hunkered down, burned the midnight oil and earned that degree. Here’s how it all paid off for me:
- I became a much better than average writer. (I actually think I’m much better than that but who am I to judge?)
- I can break down a sentence that extends for two paragraphs and get some understanding of what the author is saying. (Unless of course the author doesn’t know what he or she is saying and it’s complete gibberish.)
- I can out talk just about anybody. (Ask any defense attorney who has ever challenged me.)
- I excel at reading people and can spot the less than obvious dishonest person. (Ask anyone I’ve ever dated.)
- In determining what makes logical sense, I know how to make good application of the reasonable man standard and have no hesitation in rejecting the nonsensical. (Ask anyone who knows me!)
But here are some questions you may want to ask yourself if you’re considering whether law school is right for you. Matt Starosciak, 1993 University of Houston Law Center graduate and owner of Proven Law Marketing, gives his perspective on the realities of getting that law degree: