Thinking (or not thinking) critically

For many of us, we may not have spent the time thinking critically about why we wanted to go to law school, and what it entailed to be a law student, and a lawyer.  We oftentimes didn’t, really, critically think about whether it was the best choice for us (myself included).  Many of us are more likely to spend more time researching the purchase of a TV (or a netbook or a piece of clothing or something more exciting) than we will critically thinking of our career or graduate degree choices.

I know, because I didn’t think critically at all about my decision to go to law school.

I went to UC Berkeley.  I studied abroad for my junior year and returned to Cal my senior year, with no clue as to what I was planning for post graduation.  Being Jewish, with a slight aversion to blood, a knack for public speaking and an attorney grandfather in my past, I chose law school as my post graduation path.  In order to not interfere with my studies or life too much, I grabbed the nearest law school review magazines and applied to the schools that were (i) the most highly ranked in light of my GPA and LSAT (ii) in cities I liked (iii) also the choices of my buddies. 

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Why did I go to law school?

Quick, raise your hand if you thought critically about your decision to go to law school.  If you did, please comment below and let me know what your process consisted of.

For the rest of us, who came up with one (or a variation) of the following reasons?

– Needed structure at that point in my life
– Don’t like blood.
– My father/mother/grandfather was a lawyer.
– I always wanted to be a lawyer.
– My ninth grade civics teacher said I was a good speaker.
– Growing up all of my friends and family said I should be a lawyer.
– I always thought being a lawyer was cool.
– Perry Mason.
– LA Law.

Does it still apply?

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