You know those people who have always known they want to be a lawyer? They do debate in high school, major in something applicable to law during undergrad, and are preparing for the LSATs years in advance?
Yeah, that’s not me. Not even close.
I thought I knew what I wanted to do in high school. Then it changed in college. Then it changed again in college. Then suddenly I graduated and still had no idea. So fun, right? Yay adulthood!
I had taken the LSATs my senior year of undergrad kind of on a whim, without studying for it. The cherry on top was that a girl actually ended up projectile vomiting three times during the test (they kept letter her come back in at section breaks, wtf?). By the time it was over, I was pretty much all set with that experience. I washed my hands of the whole thing, moved to another state with my then boyfriend, and worked as an event planner.
Long story short, that didn’t work out for me, and I moved back to the city where I went to college, working in sales until I hit a bit of a quarter life crisis around the Holiday season, woke up one day, and started my applications.
Yes, around the Holiday season. Which meant my apps literally got in the day before they were due and I was only able to get one letter of recommendation because there wasn’t enough time for other professors to get them in. Which meant I could only apply to 2 out of the 4 schools I had planned on applying to (one of those two being my alma mater). And then three days later…I got in. With a significant scholarship.
I by no means had a 4.0 in undergrad, I only took the LSATs that one time, and I only had one letter of recommendation. I was floored.
I cried a lot. My roommate screamed. My boyfriend made me take shots of cider with him on a weeknight. We were pretty jazzed.
My point is this: if you’re worried about whether or not you’re a good enough candidate, if you’re doubting yourself based on grades or test scores, or anything else, don’t. Just do the best you can. It’s easy to feel like you’re the least prepared or the least qualified, but everyone’s story is differ. Just because yours isn’t conventional doesn’t mean you won’t succeed.
Getting in, that is. Surviving 1L is a whole different story. Kidding. I hope.