A Career in Law? Motion Granted!

A Career in Law? Motion Granted!
  By Stephanie Coolen

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Sure, you're probably attracted to a career in law for a few notable reasons, the prestige, the power, the chance to change the world - not to mention the money! But, are you really competitive enough to be a lawyer? Many students join the field of law to fight the bad guys but find themselves not competitive enough, leaving most just feeling jaded about the profession.

Many lawyers and law students suffer from a poor public image, struggle with intense competition for fewer positions and contribute to a high burnout rate. Lawyers work long hours - twelve hours a day, six or seven days a week. Luckily for those who love the law, but hate the competition, an interest for the legal profession certainly doesn't restrict your career choices.

Legal skills are extremely valuable in all kinds of career fields. A law degree can lead to careers in business, communications, politics or teaching. There are also many non-practicing jobs within the field of law, which do not include court room law. Consider becoming a sales associate for a company that sells legal products and needs representatives who are familiar with these needs.

Although these positions are usually lower paying, many find they are far more interesting and rewarding than becoming a lawyer. While representing underprivileged clients is certainly satisfying, the debt most law students face upon graduation may make positions with higher salaries more appealing. Be sure to investigate both the positive and negative aspects of being an attorney, and give considerable thought to whether this is the right legal occupation for you.

The amount of time it takes to complete plus the overwhelming expense of a law degree makes it clear that applying to law school is not a decision to be made lightly. According to a recent Statistics Canada report, law continues to be one of the most expensive programs at Canadian universities. For example, law schools such as the University of Toronto have introduced plans to increase tuition costs to over $20,000.00 a year. Law students also endured one of the largest fee increases in 2002/03, paying $5,019 up 14.7% from the year before.

Preparation for law school is a continuous process that requires the successful planning of an undergraduate program to help you develop the skills necessary to be successful in the study of law. Here are some you should focus on:

Reading Skills: the ability to take in and remember large amounts of information.

Analytical Skills: the ability to organize and analyze information, to reason and draw conclusions based on the reading and organizing.

Communication Skills: the ability to present your arguments and conclusions both orally and in writing.

An examination of the majors of students who are accepted to law school shows that no single major is preferred over others. There is no way to guarantee your admission to law school, so you should just concentrate on building the best program you can.

Most importantly, take the time and make the effort to investigate whether the study

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