Your personal statement from your law school applications would be fascinating to read again, wouldn’t it? It probably captured your hopes and dreams for your legal career (and your motivations for having them) and would be a great snapshot of your lawyer career goals.
The thing is, though, goals change as we grow and mature and develop. Your career goals today are probably different (in small ways or dramatic ones) than they were when you were 22 years old. And you can probably expect that your goals in 5, 10, and 30 years will look very different than they do today.
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A fair criticism of some people who choose to go to law school is that they make a wildly uninformed choice about why.
Without knowing a thing about lawyer careers, they seem to think that “going to law school” is the goal, or that “being a lawyer” is a job. They’re wrong.
“Going to law school” isn’t a useful goal. Getting a law degree is a tool people use to do something meaningful with their lives and careers.
And being a “lawyer” isn’t a job. There are as many shades of “lawyer” as there are practitioners of law practice.
Your challenge, of course, is to figure out your “why.”
- Why did you go to law school?
- What kind of impact do you hope your work will have on the world?
- What kind of law job makes that kind of impact possible?
- What kind of law business employs people with that kind of law job?
Here at Lawyerist, we think lawyers and would-be lawyers who are preparing themselves for long and healthy careers in the law ask themselves meaningful questions about lawyer careers before they even register for the LSAT, apply to a single law school, or complete a single application for a single law firm job.
And we think lawyers starting, joining, or growing small or solo law firms are in the same boat, and we think they should be asking themselves some important questions. For example:
- Do you know specifically what you want to get out of your firm—how much money you want to take home, how many hours you want to work (including vacations), the kind of work you want to be doing, and the impact (if any) that you want your work to have in the world?
- How close is your firm to getting you to those goals?
- How confident are you that your firm will be able to get you to those goals in the next 10 years?
What is your why? It is not enough to loathe working for your current employer. Nor is it enough to have been unable to secure gainful legal employment elsewhere. We think you need a “why.”
In this “Lawyer Career Goals” hub, we’ll talk about law jobs, law school, personal development, and professional development. We’ll talk about networking advice for law students, applying for law jobs, and acing the bar exam. And we’ll talk about a bunch of other interesting stuff, too.
Along the way, we hope you’ll figure out your “why.”
So, let’s dig in. Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you around the Lawyerist ecosystem!
Whether you are just starting out or looking to take your career to the next level, you’ll need to understand these lawyer career goals concepts and strategies: