« on: April 03, 2006, 03:56:08 PM »
I live in Indiana and just graduated from college this past December with a BS in Media Arts and Science (New Media) - Minor in Business and Cert. in Computer Science, as well (3.5 GPA and admitted to various honor societies, Deans' Lists and informatics student council). I've been using the last few months to relax and take some time off from school and really think about what I want to do for a career. I graduated feeling a bit lost and I didn't really know what I wanted to do; didn't really find a niche I really enjoyed in my major - that and my major tended to cater towards more creative people, which I'm not really like.
Anyway, I'm looking into various graduate programs which include Law (specifcally IP Law), MBA, MS in Information (possibly Archiving at UMich), MS in Computer Technology, MS in Informatics.
Law School research so far:
- talked with an IP lawyer and a Divorce lawyer in my city
- talked with a 1st year law student at the university I attended (IUPUI)
- various Internet research
- browsed over LSAT testing materials
- read the book "Should You Really Be A Laywer"
- visit IU Law School - Indianapolis
- delve deeper into LSAT testing
I've also done a lot of soul searching recently (writing down interests and personality traits to help me grasp what I may like to). Went to a career counselor in December which told me that I'm very much like people in business and that I may enjoy law school (technology/computer related work). The overall results indicated that buiness was my strongest suit (particulary finance; which is not a big interest of mine), with possibly law next, followed by technology (technology being a good spin off of the two former or something else).
I will say that IP in general has been an interest of mine for the last four years (buying, selling, who owns what, licensing, etc.). Right now I'm taking an online class titled "Technology and the Law", which has been very entriguing.
Even after all of this, I'm still not really sure what I want to do. If I can't decide if I'm going to grad school in the next few months or so, it may be that I have to go out and get job/career experience before I really know what I want to do. I don't have any dream jobs at the moment, nor are there any companies that I'm dying to work for. Also, if possbile, I'd probably like to stay in the Midwest or Indiana (for now, anyway). Salary is not really a factor; I just really want to find a career I enjoy doing.
If anyone out there has some advice to help me choose or weed out law school, it would be much appreciated. In fact, any advice (regarding the above) at this point would probably be helpful.