So if you are thinking of making a career in the legal industry, I am sure you would have heard your share of stories relating to the problems you have to face and the challenges that you have to go through. That being said, no degree or course of study is easy, so let’s hope this article can shed some light on what you can expect and dispel some myths as well.
Get used to reading
Any degree or course of study will entail some form of reading that you need to do. But in law, you can expect to read a lot more, and when I say “lots more”, it will really include a lot of reading. Law books can include large books filled with historical records or cases and can have reports, case files examples and even online journals and e books that you need to refer. In all these you will have to learn from scratch what each law means and academically understand what it really is. And since you are going in with no experience this can seem daunting especially because you have to learn all from scratch. You may find useful tips that are provided by teachers or even other students, but there is no sure way to make it easier, it is a step each student has to go through and figure out for themselves. But with determination and a planned schedule you can become quite competent at it.
Internships and trials can wait
Since you are still getting used to the whole process, you need not really follow other graduates in running to fill applications for internships and such. Many other subjects would recommend filling in applications as soon as possible. But you need not stress about your whole career in the first term itself. Looking for your options at the beginning of the second year is feasible because by then you would have decided if a career in law is really what you want to do. Meanwhile there are other options such as civil work and joining a local firm to get a feel of things.
Your friends and family are likely to ask you for practical advice and you will most likely feel that you are unsure or you will be taught that it is unethical for you to do so. But most often what your friends or family are looking for are practical tips which you are not ready to give as you are still in a theoretical environment with no practical experience, therefore it can be a tad frustrating. So it is something you are going to have to put up with wile going through your studies.
Like any course of study, this too will have its issues but if you are really keen on going for a career in law, then going through the grind will be worth it.