In the career world, you have to pick the right path to end up in the right destination. No one ever wakes up on a certain field as an expert with excellent skills and immense experience. Law is a career like any other and requires all your efforts. Aside from passion, ability, potential or even talent, the vital thing that will make it count in the end is discipline. Without discipline, smartness will not suffice to make you a good attorney. Combination of effort, discipline and smartness are the key things that will unlock the door to a great career path as an attorney.
· Personality matching
First, you have to do a personal assessment to determine whether law is a place for you or it is just wishful thinking and chasing after fantasies. Contrary to popular perception of law as a career with big money and classic working places in a law firm, lawyers put up with so much. Attorneys in criminal law for instance, spend many hours working on an intricate case, coping with stressful situation and even more getting on the right foot with opponents, clients, judges and bosses. The best way to find out if this is your area of interest is shadowing a lawyer in your preferable field.
· Sitting for examination
Students applying for law school need to have a Law School Admission Test (LSAT), which goes down severally every year. LSAT is multi-choice test and if you study serious enough for it, nothing can stop you from acing it. Moreover, good upshot in the LSAT will lead to admission for a good program in law school. The bottom line is as long as you engage in thorough preparation and pass the test with excellence, you will end up in a good program that will not only inculcate practical skills in you but also give you the experience to deal with your future occupation.
· Relevant classes
In most cases, people take up things that fascinate them more than anything else does. However, in this case, you have to go for classes that vouch for growth and development in the perception of your field. If it is about criminal law, do not attend classes that involve family matters and so forth. Stick to criminal classes and you will grow in your area with massive knowledge. Although every school has its own indispensable and mandatory curriculum schedule for students, some crucial classes may end up missing in your curriculum. In the event that your school allows you to take other extra classes, do not hesitate to take them.
Finally, in the course of your learning program, remember to apply in advance for a job in a law firm or government agency (with or without salary). Internship will give you the much-needed experience in your field. After graduation, depending on the impression you make at work, the law firm may hire you. In addition, consider the bar test so you can prepare for it. Every good outcome calls for discipline, effort, smartness and determination.