Nathan, why aren't you a practicing lawyer?

I get this question constantly, and my constant answer is "Oh my god, why on earth would I want to do THAT?"

Seriously though, the reason why I'm not a lawyer is that I love what I do. I might never get rich, but I'm happier teaching the LSAT than just about anybody I know. I'm extremely lucky. At approximately age 31, I stumbled into a gig that:

1)  I am good at.

2)  I can get paid for.

and

3) Most importantly, I love.

If you have those three things in your current job, then I would strongly recommend that you NOT go to law school. What's the point? And if you secretly know that there's another path that will make you happier, then please explore that path instead. But if you really think you could love being a lawyer, then by all means go for it. Don't listen to your parents. Don't listen to your friends. Listen to yourself. Only you know what's really going to make you happy.

"But Nathan, you'd be such a great lawyer."

No, no, I wouldn't. I would be the world's shittiest lawyer, because I would hate it. In school, I hated legal research. I hated legal writing. I hated drafting contracts. I hated Moot Court most of all. Guess what: If you don't want to write memos or work with documents or litigate, then you probably don't want to be a lawyer.

I never would have predicted that I'd be an LSAT teacher for life. It's a weird little niche. It's hard to explain to people. It's not terribly prestigious, it's hard to explain to strangers, and I'll probably never get rich. But it rarely feels like work.

I like to tell people that I teach two nights a week, 36 weeks a year, and that's a full-time load for me. Of course in truth, Fox Test Prep takes a lot more time than that. I'm constantly emailing my students, networking with pre-law organizations, preparing for class, writing my blog, and answering my phone. There have been approximately zero days since I started the business that I haven't done something Fox Test Prep related. But I love it. I'm good at it. I get paid for it. And since I have those three things, I have zero interest in doing anything else.

I know it's cliche to say "do what you love," but please, for the good of the world, do what you love. 

But what if I don't know what I'll love?

Then try stuff. I tried a million things, and I eventually got lucky. But law school is an awful goddamn expensive thing to just "try." (Unless you can get a scholarship, or if mom and dad are paying. In that case, what are you waiting for?) In any case, it's free to do your due diligence: Ask a local law school if they'll let you talk to some alumni. Interview some corporate lawyers and some public sector lawyers. Follow them around at work. Go sit in on a day at court. If, at the end of that, you haven't identified a job you want that requires a J.D., then try something else instead. If, and only if, youhave identified a job you want that requires a J.D., then go to law school.

Eventually, if you don't settle for less, you'll find your niche. I found mine, after a long and expensive process. I did a B.S., a couple shitty jobs, an M.A., a couple more shitty jobs, an M.B.A., a couple more shitty jobs, and a J.D. I started the J.D. right around the same time I started teaching LSAT. I fell in love with teaching LSAT instantly, so for me, law school wasn't worth it. But the entire process was well worth it, and I can only hope you'll find the same happiness I found.

So if you're not in love with your current career path, then try something you think you'll love. If you think that might be lawyering, I'm here to help.

--nathan