- Publisher: R + S Media; 1st edition (January 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0982986807
- ISBN-13: 978-0982986806
- Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 9.2 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,389,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Should I Go to Law School? The $100,000 Gamble (Book and CDs) Paperback – January 1, 2011
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Law school has become a scary, risky and unstable opportunity. In order to succeed in the legal field, you should really understand if you are right for the legal field. This book helps you make a good decision and encourages you to step back and think about some of your assumptions.
If you're still in college, you really need to read this book before you graduate. To go one step further, I would suggest this book to anyone thinking about jumping into graduate school straight out of undergrad.
Worth every penny and then some. Life-changing book.
What I like about the book is that it puts aside the question of taking the LSAT, applying to law school, etc. and just focuses on the question of "Why do you want to go to law school in the first place?" It's probably a question more law students should ask themselves and it definitely challenged me to clarify why I want to go to law school and what I want to get out of it. It's a book that's both practical (i.e. step-by-step), but it also helps you think about the what-am-I-doing-with-my-life questions.
The CDs are great. Just so you know, these aren't done in a recording studio. But the content and people the author interviews are inspiring. Some of the interviews are with practicing attorneys and some of them are with coaches and advisors. I got at least a nugget or two of useful information or thought-provoking ideas from each of the discussions.
Overall, I would say it is well worth the price.
There are two key pieces to the package: the book and the 3 CDs. The idea behind the book is that it gives you a way to analyze your interests in law school across a variety of dimensions. The book lets you add up the numbers to see if law school is right for you; but it also tries to account for "soft" factors, like your motivations for attending law school and your readiness for this particular career path.
The CDs are unique and try to give you a taste of the law from a variety of different voices. Overall, it is well-conceived and something I've found myself returning to.
For the true questor wanting to best answer the question posed in the this book's title, the following combination of publications are listed below. I also provided the particularly worthy facets of each book.
1. "The Creative Lawyer", by Michael Melcher- Full of self-assessment exercises and provocative questions to get you honestly answering what you want out of a career and if the law is the answer.
2. "The Happy Lawyer", by Nancy Levit and Douglas O. Linder-Exposes the common stresses, methods of mitigation, and sources of happiness common to lawyers. It also accomplishes an analysis on the coorelation between law, personality type and proclivities, and happiness/job fullfilment.
3. "Running From the Law", by Deborah Aaron-Anecdotal stories on why people leave the law. Grants insight into common stressors of legal practice, why people leave and why people stay in law.
4. A quality Meyers-Briggs Personality Test. Take it more than once, be brutally honest, and research jobs associated with your "type"
5. "Juris Types", by Don Peters and Martha Peters-This book breaks down legal study by personality types; exposes strengths, weaknesses, likely careers and sources of interest
Combined this these publications far surpass the insight that SHOULD I GO TO LAW SCHOOL provides. I found this book to be primarily directed to Ivy league undergrad students who absolutely knew NOTHING about legal study or the practice of law. It provides, at best, a wave top overview of what should be a very in-depth self-analysis of you and your potential in the legal profession.