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5 Things to Do Before Law School

5 Things to Do Before Law School to Jump Start Your Legal Career

1.  Consider reading one or all of these books:
The Official Guide to Legal Specialties
Lisa L. Abrams, J.D. 

What Can You Do with a Law Degree?
Deborah Arron 

Guerilla Tactics for Getting the Legal Job of Your Dreams
Kimm Alayne Walton, J.D.

What Law School Doesn’t Teach You…But You Really Need to Know
Kimm Alayne Walton, J.D. 

2. Talk with as many current law students as you can.
Find out which classes they have taken, which ones they liked and didn’t like, and why.  Ask about the jobs or internships they have had, how they got their job/s, and about their experiences there. 

3. Talk with as many practicing attorneys as you can.  
Find out what area of law they practice, how they got into that that area, and what they like about it.  Ask them what they wish they had known before starting law school and entering the legal profession.

4.  Consider attending a court hearing or trial in a local court.  
This is an opportunity to see litigation first-hand and to think about whether you might enjoy it.  All courts, both state and federal, are open to the public, except for grand jury hearings.  If you are interested in finding out about when trials are in session, contact the clerk of the individual courts. For Rhode Island, please see and for Massachusetts, please see

5.  Enjoy Yourself!
Law School is difficult and time-consuming and you will be working very hard.  Make sure that you set aside time this summer to relax so that you are well-rested before you begin law school and embark on your legal job search.