Hello, I'm a social work major and I'm thinking of going to law school. But of course, the first thing anybody says or you read online is that a law degree is expensive and many, many people regret choosing this stream. I kind of have a plan of what I want I do, and why I want to go to law school, so could you guys just look over this post and tell me if I'm one of the many students who isn't fit for law?
Reason I'm choosing to go to law school: I want to practice law, obviously. I am a social work major and I was planning to be a social worker but although I am empathetic, I can be easily drained by other people's trauma. But a career in law from what I have heard seems to be mostly boring paperwork, extensive reading, understanding the details, and of course helping the clients. I have been in legal troubles and I know how scary it can get, so I also know what a good lawyer can do, and what impact they can have on an individual by simply making them understand things better and working with them and providing on-the-spot support. I also love to analyze. School has taught me how to actually read and write critically, and that has really kindled my passion for studying. I like studying. I think law is essentially one profession where you never stop studying. I also downloaded a sample LSAT, and although I neither timed it nor did I attempt all the questions, section 2 and 3 were actually kinda fun, and I seemed to get a lot of them right so with some practice maybe I could kind of have fun giving the LSAT. I don't if that indicates anything, or any of this really, about ultimately how fit I turn out to be for this field, but do let me know if there's a gross oversight on my part. I just want to know if I should make this decision, I don't know if I'm cut for law.
My plan: I'm an international student studying in the US, I have no debt so far. Once I complete my undergrad I probably won't be getting a job here in the US, mostly because I want to get out of here as soon as I can, seriously this place is driving me crazy and I live in Indiana which is full of Neo-nazis so that's not been very nice. Anyway, so I plan to apply to law schools in Canada. My parents would be willing to fund my education partly, and I'm also going to have to take some loans. After that, hopefully I get into a school and if I do then hopefully after articling I'll get a job somewhere, and eventually move to a rural community because a) they need lawyers, b) I like small communities, c) I'm not a fan of big cities d) I get to do more outdoorsy stuff which my fat ass needs. I wonder what living there alone would be like, though. I don't know if it would be too weird for a single person to live if the community is full of families or something (that was something I'd heard from someone). If anybody lives or has previously lived in a small rural community let me know what your experience was, I'd appreciate it.
Anyway, do my reasons and my weak-ass plan at least seem decent? I'm sorry if I don't make much sense, I'm just...kinda scared. I don't know, I'm making this big decision in my life that so many people regret, I don't want to fuck my life up, and also I don't even have the job experience or anything that would allow me to test-drive the legal world. I can only work part-time, on-campus jobs in US while I'm still here and they usually aren't related to this field. So fuck that.
But I digress. What do you guys think?