Career choices are among the most difficult and possibly the most important decisions an individual can make during his or her lifetime. Because of the high financial investment and the demanding psychological and intellectual nature of pursuing a legal career
, deciding whether to become or remain a lawyer may actually be one of the toughest career decisions to make.
Fortunately, there is a comprehensive guide available to assist would-be attorneys, as well as practicing attorneys, in this decision-making process. Should You Really Be a Lawyer? The Guide to Smart Career Choices Before, During & After Law School
, co-authored by Deborah Schneider and Gary Belsky and recently published by Decision Books, provides an in-depth look at all of the factors that should be taken into consideration by anyone who is contemplating a legal career.
Should You Really Be a Lawyer
is actually three books in one. There are sections for prospective law school students, current law school students, and practicing attorneys. The purpose of this book, in the words of the authors, is to help these individuals ''make satisfying career choices using a simple, interesting and enjoyable method.'' And throughout the book, they make a convincing argument that it is a method well worth utilizing.
According to the authors, many individuals fall prey to one or several decision-making pitfalls and ultimately choose to pursue a career in the law for all the wrong reasons. These same individuals subsequently find themselves miserable down the road either while they are still attending law school or, worse yet, when they are already practicing attorneys.
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