Quote of the Day - One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree. "Which road do I take?" she asked. "Where do you want to go?" he responded. "I don't know." said Alice. "Then," said the cat, "it doesn't matter."
It's called "Should You Really Be A Lawyer?," available at Amazon for $21.95 and Barnes & Noble for 20% less: $17.56. It's subtitled "The Guide to Smart Career Choices Before, During & After Law School."
Should you buy it?
Read the title again. If you need to answer that question, then the answer is a resounding yes. It was hard for me to get into the book, however, because I already know the answer. I love being a lawyer. If you're not so sure and fall into any one of these three categories, it's a must read:
Deborah studied with Dick Bolles, which accounts for much of the format of the book. Bolles, as you may know, wrote "What Color Is Your Parachute?," the book that pioneered the concept of "informational interviews" to get jobs, and Schneider and Belsky tip their hat several times to this seminal work on job hunting and career changes.
But don't be fooled. "Should You Really Be A Lawyer?" is written by a lawyer, for lawyers and law students. It covers the gamut from helping you decide whether you should try to get into law school, stay in once you're there and what you really should be doing afterward. It gives solid guidance on how to deal with the cost of law school, and destroys the bubble that everyone who graduates from law school starts at $150,000 or more (the book pegs the actual average at $61,000). But you'll get no other spoilers here. You'll have to read it and go through the exercises.
The authors point out that you're going to spend some 80,000 hours working. Why not invest a few hours figuring out what to do with all that time?
P.S. Read Al Nye The Lawyer Guy's extensive review of this book, and comments from and Ernie the Attorney. Both worthwhile reviews and comments I echo, too.