Julia: What interests me about law
So, why law? Most children can give you an instantaneous reply to the question: “So, what do you want to do when you become older?” The reason for that is usually the fact that they have not been confronted with the big variety of professions quite yet.
My name is Julia and I am a law student from Austria. About a year ago I was graduating from a vocational high school with a focus on web design and software development – those were my hobbies at that time (and still are). However, I was eager to learn new things and was trying out as much as I could. I was going to career events, lots of open days at different universities, taking all the “what should I do with my life” online tests etc. Thus, my interests always fluctuated between a lot of different professions. So, why and how did I decide on law school?
Since I had many different interests, I could not just start looking at different majors, otherwise I would have never come to a conclusion. (Seriously, have you ever looked at those pretty folders from different universities, which make every subject sound super interesting?)
So here is how I approached the selection process: I tried to outline my interests and expectations in the most abstract way I could. I like problem solving, logical structure of processes and variety regarding topics. I also want to work in a field that has good job security and that can have a positive impact on people’s lives. Believe it or not, this eliminated quite a bit of the majors, that sounded fun but were not exactly for me. I found that law fits these criteria quite well after speaking to some students and professors at the university I decided to study at. However, my actual experience studying law has gone above and beyond my expectations.
As much as law students like to complain about their degree, most of us really do love what we do. Law has so much variety, you learn about many different subjects – anyone can find something that interests them, and this way it never becomes dull. Plus, I find knowing one’s rights feels quite empowering. I started questioning things a lot more than I have ever had. I have been told by many different individuals (who mostly did not do anything related to law or had bad experiences with it) that this major can be quite dry and uninteresting. I am not going to lie and say this did not intimidate me. You get told about all the daunting amounts of reading, the difficult exams, and the incredibly competitive environment. What they do not tell you about is case solving, mooting, developing an incredibly useful set of skills like confident public speaking and critical thinking. In my opinion, that is what makes law school so special. Law is equally rewarding as it is demanding. You need to put in the hard work, but that is what makes the outcome that much more satisfying.
In conclusion outside of exam week, law school is pretty fun and at this point, I cannot imagine myself doing anything else.