The white envelope arrived yesterday.
My interest in law school had died around January, so I didn't feel the pain. I opened the letter as if opening a pack of E-VALU community coupons. Indifferent but curious, distracted by the InStyle magazine below. The feeling confirms what I've known for the last few years: I don't want to go to law school.
I'm sending withdrawals to other schools today. Stanford was the only school I, lacking desire to be a lawyer, would have attended. I'm far more excited about my current field and, having discussed the role of law in the field with numerous people, am not at all excited about the contribution lawyers make. (Actually, they can make a huge contribution in government--but I do not want to be a politician.) I like creating options, so I had to give law school applications a go. Too bad it was an expensive go. But one thousand dollars is, in my opinion, worth never wondering "what if?"
Best of luck to everyone still in purgatory! I hope you all enjoy law school and practicing law.
To those students still in college, I highly recommend you defer admission for one or more years. Getting caught in the grad school momentum of friends is understandable. But do not let it decide your career. There are a lot of unhappy lawyers. It's not because the field is inherently awful, but because many people do not know what it is like to really practice law. Please, for your sake, spend some time with lawyers before attending. Law school is not supposed to be three years of "finding out what you want to actually do."
That said, I hope all of you do very, very well in law and that it provides fulfilling and challenging work! May our paths cross in the future.
My very best,