So you want to go to law school...

I had wanted to become a diplomat since high school. So, like many folks at Brown, I majored in international relations. During my last year, it dawned on me that you have very little influence when you are junior, the road to promotion is long and unpredictable and, even if you get to the top, you have limited autonomy. Worst of all, significant gains you have achieved in one country can be quickly reversed with a change in administration, either American or foreign. While I was pondering what I would do instead, David Kennedy of Harvard Law School concurrently served as head of the Watson Institute and he brought a number of law professors from various institutions with him. After taking a number of legal themed international courses, I realized I enjoyed the complexity of law and the promise of law as a mechanism for advancing development and creating value through business transactions. In part because it was too late to get into law school directly from Brown when I realized my interest, I worked as a paralegal in DC, where I confirmed my interest in becoming a lawyer before applying to law school. My specific interests in law matured through law school, where I became passionate about the kind of law I practice today.

If you know you want to go to law school, if at all possible prepare and take the LSAT while you’re still in school. It’s much more painful to study while working. Take the LSAT seriously.

Think long and hard about the decision to go to law school. Don’t do it because you were a humanities major and can’t think of anything else to do. It costs a lot and takes three years of your life. Law is a tough profession and a lot of people leave practice quickly, and then are straddled with (1) regret, which you can forgive yourself for and (2) debt, which banks are not likely to forgive.
— Brown University alum '09, International Relations, Harvard Law School '14