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Kathleen McDonald

Law school is competitive, so you will want to get good grades while in college. Also, write, write, and write some more. Good lawyers have to have excellent analytical and writing skills. There is no "one major" to prepare for law school, so major in something you love and can do well in and that requires you to think and write.

To be a successful lawyer, you have to have excellent organizational skills, be detail-oriented, and be able to juggle many things simultaneously. You also need to not be a clock watcher and expect to go home the minute the clock strikes 5. Depending on the area of law in which you practice, lawyering can require long hours and unpredictable spikes in time.

As an adoption lawyer, your hours would not be as long as lawyers doing corporate law in big private law firms. To be successful as an adoption lawyer, you would also need to have some empathy for your clients, who likely are coming to you because they have not been able to have biological children, which can create heart ache. They also will be depending on you to help them start their life's dream of having a family. Personally, I think it would be very satisfying to help people in this regard. Good luck!

Answered 7 years ago

Kathleen McDonald