The road to law school can be intimidating. The process is protracted and there will be times when you are filled with self-doubt. How will your grades, LSAT score, recommendations, undergraduate institution, personal statement, major field of study, background, and application compare to the rest of the pool?
Put your mind at ease. The practice of law welcomes all types of people. We can learn from past and present U.S. Supreme Court Justices.
The "Wrong" Major
Justice Sandra Day O'Connor majored in Economics. Justice Blackmun had a Bachelor's in Math. Current Chief Justice Roberts and newly appointed Justice Kagan both majored in History. Justice John Paul Stevens famously said, "The study of English literature, especially lyric poetry, is the best preparation for the law…That training helped me later, when trying to decipher law statutes.”
The "Wrong" Background
Justice Sotomayor grew up in a housing project and her father was a manual laborer. Justice Thomas spent part of his childhood in a home without indoor plumbing.
Past Bad Judgment
Justice Breyer was arrested for underage drinking. More notably was Justice Hugo Black who admitted past membership in the Ku Klux Klan. Ironically, he became one of the Court's strongest champions for minority civil rights.
Unremarkable Undergraduate Institution
Justice Fortas' alma mater was Southwestern University in Memphis, TN.
Justice Douglas married four times. However, his enduring commitment to the Court granted him the record for the longest continuous service at 36 years, 7 months. Justices Souter and Kagan have never married.
Law was a Second Career Choice
Justice White played professional football for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Justice Black attended medical school.
Hardship or Discrimination
Justice Douglas had polio. Justice Thurgood Marshall was denied entrance to the University of Maryland Law School because of his race. Justice Bader-Ginsberg had a Dean at Harvard ridicule her for taking the place of a 'deserving' man.
Did you see any parallels between your life and those of the Justices? Just as it was for them, the law, if it's your passion, has room for you too.
Good luck on the LSAT and good luck with law school.