Many people go to law school without having a clear idea of what they want to do once they get their J.D. Obviously a common path to take after graduation is to take the bar and become an attorney, but the life of an attorney is not a good fit for everyone. This book, “Should You Really Be a Lawyer?” by Deborah Schneider and Gary Belsky, serves as a tool to really analyze whether or not becoming an attorney is right for you.
The first main portion of this book asks if law school is really right for you. This section is not really relevant to most people since you are all in law school already, but it has some great tools and assessments that people can take to determine if they want to go to law school if you know people considering taking the leap!
Parts III and IV are the most relevant for law students. Part III addresses whether you should stay in law school. Many people may have ideas about law school that turn out to not be the reality, and this book can help you decide when it is time to pursue other options. Although law school is meant to be challenging, the author explains that if you are completely unhappy and feel like your personal life is suffering because of law school, it may be time to reconsider.
Part IV helps people who are just graduating or already practicing determine if being an attorney is a good profession for them. This section is also interesting because it explores some of the reasoning people use to argue to themselves that even though they are not enjoying their working life, they should just continue. The psychological aspects in this section of the book really help the reader to identify methods people use to talk themselves out of changing careers, and how to deal with these arguments.
Overall, this is a very useful book and it is interesting because it actually includes several assessments per section to help the reader truly engage in the decisions he or she is making. This would be a great book for anyone who is considering alternative career paths.