portland independent media center  
images audio video
newswire article commentary united states

human & civil rights | prisons & prisoners

Law School As Activist Revenge

We need to go to law school. As activists, we are absolutely dependent on an industry of law that we know very little about & have very little influence in. Prison is serious stuff and to have so little available help within our own ranks is not acceptable or safe. Our friends and lovers are shuffled around in a system that leaves them wondering what they were actually charged with and/or convicted of and what exactly the evidence against them was...this must stop.
Law School As Activist Revenge
By Kirsten Anderberg (www.kirstenanderberg.com)

We need to go to law school. Seriously. As activists, we are absolutely dependent on an industry of law that we know very little about and have very little influence in. Prison is serious stuff and to have so little available help within our own ranks is not acceptable or safe. Our friends and lovers are shuffled around in a system that leaves them wondering what they were actually charged with and/or convicted of and what exactly the evidence against them was. Our family are left in utter darkness about procedures and are reduced to begging for legal information from attorneys paid $200 an hour. I seriously believe we need more activist attorneys. NOW.

I have been an activist my whole life. And this idea of going to law school as revenge on the system, so to speak, for unjustly handling the poor, and the racist incarcerated numbers, has haunted me my whole life. I am mad they just killed Tookie. I am sick of the illegal wiretapping and spying on Americans. I have long watched attorneys access important things normal people can't. It is an industry. Law is a fraternity. As the Washington BAR states, it is a "privilege" to sit for the Washington State BAR exam, so that you can get licensed to practice law. It is not a "right."

Like the medical industry, the legal industry is monitored by a national system so that the nation is not saturated with doctors and lawyers, reducing their fee-bearing weight. From what I can tell, the way law schooling works is the accredited law schools are allowed to take in large first year classes at over $20,000 a year in tuition right now (for low end private law schools). So the law schools take in huge first year classes, raking in a lot of money. Then they cut that class in half by the next year. And again, cut the class by a 1/3 for third year students. So by the end, there is a pyramid shape, where the law schools take in a ton of money for a huge first year class yearly, then less money for each succeeding year class. And the reason for this is the BAR will only allow law schools to graduate a certain number a year or else they will lose their accreditation. The BAR controls the flow of attorney numbers into the nation via law school accreditation and needing to pass the BAR exam to practice law legally. I have heard that the American Medical Association works in a similar manner insulating the medical profession.

You need to realize that this forced pyramid shaping means falsified grading systems. If you had a class of brilliant 2nd year students, 1/3 have to fail, even if they were straight A students. I was stunned when "normalized grading" in my law school made my classwork which never fell below 96 in one class into a C for my semester grade. The explanation was there were only something like 5 slots for A's, and only a small slot for B's as well, so some of the A's actually went into the C's. At a 96 average, I was getting C's! Talk about competition. Some people who got B's failed! Even now, after asking over and over, I still do not get the "normalized grading" I was subjected to in law school. I just knew what line I had to keep my grades above to pass and that is where I aimed and landed.

But all hope is not lost. There are alternatives. When I first applied and was accepted to law schools in 1993, I literally was applying as revenge. I was sick and tired of begging for my food stamp benefits after some computer error somewhere and preferred to do things like argue for increased benefits for families through law and the legislature. My individual pleas for justice were getting lost and I wanted to start representing myself if no one else was going to. Yet I was locked out of every place I tried to assert myself and told to get professionals to be my "advocate." Like many of my poor friends, I was put off by the whole college thing. Hell, I had not even been able to graduate from high school (even though I got good grades, due to an unstable home life) and I took my GED at age 27. But once I started getting into college, I realized the power of being able to "speak the language" in a way to be heard. I began to realize the more I learned, the more coherent my arguments were getting and the better my resources I was citing.

In the beginning, when I began in community college at age 27, I just kept saying something was wrong based on gender and poverty and this whole welfare mother thing and I could not get a grip on it. I started seeing patterns my mom faced, as I faced them again now as the parent not the kid, as a single mom in poverty, and I began to hear things in college like "institutionalized poverty" and "sexism" and realized these things were what I was seeing and experiencing here and I started to notice patterns. And I started to read others' work that had also come to some of these same conclusions after connecting the dots in their own lives, as I had done in mine. College gave me a language many times. Things I had been grappling with, I was pleased to know had names! Things like "class oppression" and "capitalism" were already identified concepts and I was so thankful to find that out. It simplified things for me greatly to be able to use that kind of codified language to speak about really heavy emotional things I had been ineffectively communicating about up to then.

I would say the issues of feminism, racism and classism are the things that really drove me to college. I needed to know I was not alone in what I was coming to as my conclusions, I needed to find others like me to not give up. In a women's re-entry program in Santa Cruz, Ca., my life was permanently empowered and radically altered when I found out you could use schooling as a tool of action, rather than experiencing it as an oppressive nightmare, as I had felt about high school. The Women's Re-entry Program at Cabrillo College really made us search inside. They forced us to dream. And no easy dreams. They made us reach for the hard, distant dreams. It was in that community college program, led by brilliant activist feminists, that I grabbed at the star of being a lawyer. I have relied on lawyers since I was 8 years old in a protective custody institution that had guns and guards and bars on windows and barbed wire fences. I have been dependent on lawyers much of my life, in the scariest of times, and I resent such dependence and want more freedom to know what is going on there in Legal Land... behind what Kafka calls those "big doors marked Law." Unbelievably, in community college at age 27, in a radical women's studies class, I vowed to go to law school as my dream. I had no family, was on welfare, had a 3 year old, no high school diploma, no spouse or child support, and owned nothing. I tell you this so that those of you thinking this does not apply to you because you are too disenfranchised, and could never go to law school, will think again. And I clawed my way through a 4 year degree at a university after obstacles galore, and then at age 33 graduated from college and was accepted at three law schools.

So I entered law school originally as a 33 year old single mom of a 9 year old, with no spouse, and no close family with reliable interactions. I did all my own babysitting and we joke my son went to law school at age 9 because he literally went to classes with me all the time. He knows more "legalese" than most kids and adults, as every night it was me and him alone and I had him reading me legal flash cards in the 5th grade nightly! He was such a fixture in my contracts class that my professor began handing my kid copies of the daily quiz, as well, and really treated him with respect. And my son started actually responding in legal terms on the written quizzes he would hand in during class! It was interesting. My son got really into my law classes. He would say things to me like he was "adversely possessing the couch" when he would take up the whole thing when I wanted to sit down! When I told him to fold the laundry and he didn't do it, he would retort, "yeah, I heard your offer for that, but I did not accept with any consideration." He definitely was getting these concepts as he lived emersed in that world with me for a few years.

I was so poor and alone, and things were so unbelievably hard the first time I went to law school. Many of my street performer friends said I was selling out. Many of my activist friends wrote me off as joining the system. I was going towards law with a belief in the system, that the system could save the world, in ways, based on the concept that the legal system was fair. I was innocent in ways. I was ignorant for sure. But now I am 45, and I want to go back to law school. Why? Not because I have faith in the system, but because I have no faith in the system. And I am sick of watching people drown and have their lives wasted due to not having active, aggressive legal representation. We need more Johnny Cochran-type attorneys in activism. I am sick of people representing my friends in a half-assed manner when serious activism, and serious state resistance, is involved.

When I first went to law school, I wanted to make sure it was accredited and I needed full financial aid and scholarships for the outrageous $16-20,000 yearly tuition. At this point, I do not give a crap about the accreditation of my law degree. I just need the degree to sit for the BAR exam. Once you pass the BAR in one state, you can go to another state and take a different BAR exam than people taking their first BAR. So, for example, the People's Law School in Los Angeles ( http://www.peoplescollegeoflaw.edu/) is not accredited, and it is dirt cheap at $4,000 a year in tuition. If you get a JD from the People's Law School, you are allowed to sit for the Ca. BAR. If you pass it, you can practice law in Ca. But you can also then go to say Oregon and Washington and then just apply to get additional state BAR licensing, which is different than first time BAR licensing. Some states have easier BAR exams than others. Some slackers go to the weakest BAR exam states to get licensed first, then circulate into other states via this additional licensing thing. The reason this is important is say the Wa. state BAR will not let me sit for the BAR and get licensed with an unaccredited law degree from the People's Law School in Ca. It doesn't matter if I instead come back to Wa. state with a license to practice law in Ca. Then I go into a different track. And CAN sit for the Wa state BAR exam based on the other state's licensing me rather than based on my law degree. At least that is how it has been explained to me.

We have all seen how powerful political commitment can be. The Vietnam War showed us that a military superpower could not take down a people united and determined. The Iraq War is pretty much teaching us the same lesson. I believe if we had a powerful, committed force of attorneys in the activist enclaves, we would be safer. And more influential in ways that can help forge access to more freedoms. I am sick of watching activists stumble around in the dark once trapped within the criminal system. I don't want to go to law school to become a public defender, paid by the state to work against the classist, racist state prosecutors. I want to go to law school to be a PRIVATE COUNSEL that is available and speaks plain English to her activist clients.

When I was struggling through law school classes that literally hurt my brain, I kept thinking, "Kirsten, Dan Quayle graduated from law school... you can do this." I had a boyfriend once who would never do my auto mechanics for me and made me learn each thing that needed fixing. At first I resisted, but he kept saying guys who are not that smart were mechanics, why couldn't I do it? And that really stuck with me to overcome my fear of mechanics. And I feel that way about law too. Sometimes idiots like Dan Quayle are attorneys, it could not be THAT hard. I started thinking, could law school be harder than, oh, raising a kid in the shame of poverty? And I realized there was no way it could be harder. So that is the way I still think about the law industry. Some idiots are in it, it cannot be that hard!

I have decided to apply to the People's Law School in Los Angeles. I have no idea how I will pay for it. But it is $4,000 a year, that is perhaps doable through scholarships, if I start applying now and voraciously. A law degree is called a JD, or Doctorate of Jurisprudence. It is considered a graduate degree. Most law schools require a four year college degree with a certain GPA to apply to law school. They also require an intense and expensive exam called the Law School Admissions Exam, or LSAT. (By the way, there is an LSAT fee waiver system if you look into it). At the People's Law School, they are most concerned with your commitment to social justice and your abilities to succeed in their program. They do not require an LSAT score nor do they require anything above two years of prior college. They will require you to take certain college standards tests to prove you are able to handle the school work at the law level. And they will also make you take the Baby BAR after your first year, I believe. I think the Baby BAR is an exam that the unaccredited law school's first year class has to take to prove they are up to par with other law students.

I have already taken the LSAT and have a 4 year degree from an accredited college with a high GPA, and I have also already taken first and second year law classes, and passed them at an accredited law school. I am talking to the Ca BAR now to find out if any of my previous law school credits can go towards the new program towards my JD, which would make the program less expensive and shorter for me than the usual 4 years required. Strangely, the effect of the Katrina massacre, the spying scandals and the FBI roundup of environmental activists has had on me, has been to make me want to go back to law school to get my damned JD - to sit for the BAR - to get access to the legal system - to help get active representation based on passion and commitment, not money - into the activist community in the proportions needed. My activist comrades, won't you join me in applying to the People's Law School? If not you, who? If not now, when? You can go download their application right now at ( http://www.peoplescollegeoflaw.edu/). We need activist lawyers in the courtrooms to defend activism outside in the streets.

homepage: homepage: http://www.kirstenanderberg.com

Go for it Kirsten! 31.Dec.2005 13:07


We need more activist lawyers - more than ever!

yeah, but... 31.Dec.2005 15:31

pre-law student

I don't think the People's College of Law is ABA-accredited, is it? We would all be better off going to CUNY.

hmm 31.Dec.2005 16:39

it worked for me

Whew! That's a lot of typing. I confess didn't make it through the whole thing. But --

1. If you study hard for the LSAT, you will get a good score on it;
2. If you get a good score on the LSAT, you can go to a lower-tier school for very little or possibly no money (I did);
3. There are also scholarships available from many schools for people with activist histories.

Law school is hard and it takes three years to do it. Do your research before committing yourself to any law school.

No People's Law School is cheap and justice oriented 31.Dec.2005 21:26


If you read the piece, you would already know about the ABA accreditation issue as I addressed it.
I do not think CNYU for instance costs $30 to apply to, $4000 a yr tuition and only requires 2 years college and no LSAT! I wish people could read. THAT is why I wrote this article, it is about ALTERNATIVES not the same old same old at CNYU.

And yes, obviously the other commenter did not read the article as those comments are irrelevant. I said, for those with the three minute attention span - The LSAT is stupid, I have already taken and passed the LSAT and gotten into 3 accredited law schools with my GPA and LSAT so the LSAT is not an issue for me, but I am still saying it is stupid and I admire People's for not using it, and that is utter BULLSHIT that a good score on the LSAT means free law school, total and utter nonsense. Only middle class and upper class people are GIVEN law school in my opinion. Dude who said you went for free off the LSAT I need to know 1) are you male, 2) are you white 3) are you middle class? That matters. And there are not anywhere near enough scholarships for activists going to law school who are NOT WHITE, NOT MALE and NOT FROM THE MIDDLE CLASS.

I know law school is hard but it is EASY EASY EASY compared to living in poverty and single motherhood.
I have already passed all of my prerequisites for my JD except for Con Law and electives so I am not just talking out my ass.
I have already competed with privileged white boys and beat them in law school, yes.
I am saying I CAN cut it in the normal law school system but do not want to play that bullshit anymore and want to go to school for social justice not a cushy rambling estate.

I am saying there are ALTERNATIVES to the current law situation that people are commenting about here. THAT is what the article is about, but if people cannot handle reading this little article, the idea of them handling the rigors of law school are laughible. I feel mighty alone in my quest to get more poor activists into law school. Mighty alone. And I watch us GROVEL for lawyers to help us, dependent completely on legal counsel from outside out communities and people cannot even read a freakin article to help push through this situation. Ugh.

I feel like Henny Penny...I am SURE if I go back to law school and come back to the NW as an activist attorney people will come to me, begging for free legal help. But who will help the poor go to law school? Ah, that really is the question. If this community is not interested in helping its own go to law schools, it really is saying it wants to be absolutely dependent upon high paid professional attorneys for its freedom. I could go to law school right now and still be out in time to work on appeals for Jeff Luers, for example. I wish someone besides me was on this track. Isn't there anyone in the alt community here that 1) sees how dependent we are on attorneys 2) how vulnerable that makes us and 3) how important it is to train our own lawyers? It stuns me this is not addressed. Our friends are IN JAIL and no one can give up three-four years to do a law degree? This is a serious situation and it seems everyone is sitting around waiting for someone ELSE to do something.

If you care about the people just arrested by the feds in Eugene GO TO LAW SCHOOL.
And take the mental muscle to read the whole article. It will explain how to do it. And why.

just a few clarifications... 31.Dec.2005 23:54


kirsten - there are no prerequisites for law school. there is also no passing grade for the lsat - its just between 120 and 180. also - if you get a super high score you can go to a LOT of law schools for free, i mean that's really obviously the truth...

People's INCLSUIVE statements- Wow! 01.Jan.2006 07:33


There are prerequisites for law school. EVERY state-run BAR accredited law school requires a BA or BS degree to apply from what I can tell. It is only these small private ones that waive that.
Additionally, ALL state-run BAR approved law schools require the LSAT. I would guess 90% or more of the law schools use the LSAT. The LSAT costs money and puts poor people out of the game often. Most people do not know about the fee waiver system with the LSAT and it is confusing, I will admit. The LSAT is another requirement. So without the LSAT, without a BA/BS, you are not welcome to APPLY to most law schools, which is also not even mentioning the obstacles of application fees. So yes, I reaffirm there are prerequisites to apply to law school. You do not need a certain major in your undergrad, maybe that is what the commenter above meant?

And yes, there is no passing grade in the LSAT but if you cannot get an LSAT/GPA combo to compete with the boys who had everything and participated in every extracirricular activity which I could not do as a a single mom in poverty...you are in trouble. There is a range in the LSAT that will be passible, so to speak. But there are other problems here. It has been proven for decades the LSAT has as much bias as the Benet IQ tests re race, gender and class...blah blah...the thing is WE NEED TO GO TO LAW SCHOOL. And People's does not ask for the LSAT or a BA/BS degree. THAT is the point.

As I was completing the application to the People's Law School yesterday, I noticed these comments on the application: "Question 28 is to be answered only by working class applicants. We realize that many working class people have not had the time or opportunity to become involved in many organizations..." and later in #28 they write: "Please describe the experience that led to your decision (to be a People's lawyer). This includes work experience (housework is work)..."

I was a single mom with a 3 year old and detached family on welfare during my first college years! I was already dying just paying for childcare while I was in class! Extra things after school were not possible. We need to not lock the poor out of scholarship because they had no money to participate to begin with. And People's gets that preemptively. WOW! THey also get HOUSEWORK IS WORK EXPERIENCE. WOW! This is the exact OPPOSITE of my first law school application experience.

I also appreciate the following statement by People's - "Our goal is to have a student body that is at least 50% women, and 2/3% Third World People. People's College of Law affirmatively recruits Gays." WOW again! That is the opposite of my law experience previously as well. What I am saying is law school does not have to be an oppressive white male world where you are disenfranchised. There are alternatives and we should be using them.

I started filling out the application yesterday. I am now plowing through the several essay questions...carefully thinking about the questions, what they mean to me, what my goals are, etc. Law school app's even for alt law schools are time and energy consuming but if you just work through them one question at a time, you will finally reach the end and feel really good. I figure it will take me several weeks to finish the required questions for the People's law school application. But I will feel really good once it is done. And I was amazed at the feeling I got from some of my law schooling in the past. Applying was one hurdle I was proud I cleared with little guidance, just bushwhacking. Then I was proud I was accepted after the hard work applying. But the feeling I got when I finished my first year exams, even not knowing if I passed or failed but feeling confident I passed, was one like I have rarely felt. It was like climbing a mountain FOR A YEAR and reaching the top. It was like being in labor FOR A YEAR and finally giving birth! I was truly so proud, even if I was the only one who understood what I had just accomplished. I celebrated inside myself and gained confidence in my own abilities at that accomplishment. So I encourage those of you that can "kick your own ass" and apply, to please keep on, one question a day if you have to and apply to law schools. I am doing it too, every day, right now.

okeedoke 01.Jan.2006 15:17

exhausted reader

Okay Kirsten, I have now read all 4,238 words of your posts -- the rough equivalent of sixteen and a half double-spaced, typed pages. I am pretty sure that I have grasped the thrust of your message, which is that activists need to go to law school and this People's place is a good choice for them.

Your readership is owed a few more points though. I am intimately familiar with the scholarship situation, the competitive nature of many law schools, and the cost of law school. And yes I am white/male/middle class, I scored well on the LSAT after months of late-night study (on activist's wages of $700/mo), and I secured a full scholarship at a not particularly great law school. I entered law school with no savings; while in school I worked to support myself and it was hard.

First, you are incorrect when you say:

"that is utter BULLSHIT that a good score on the LSAT means free law school, total and utter nonsense. Only middle class and upper class people are GIVEN law school in my opinion. Dude who said you went for free off the LSAT I need to know 1) are you male, 2) are you white 3) are you middle class? That matters. And there are not anywhere near enough scholarships for activists going to law school who are NOT WHITE, NOT MALE and NOT FROM THE MIDDLE CLASS."

Kirsten, I am acutely aware that the LSAT is going to bias white people with good "traditional" educations over everyone else, but unlike tests that ask you what happened in Macbeth or Leaves of Grass, the LSAT is pure reading comprehension and puzzles. If you are a person who reads, you will be in good shape on that test, and contrary to your vigorous arguments otherwise, a good score on the LSAT most assuredly will get you to law school free whatever your color or background is. If you commit time to carefully preparing for the test, you will save yourself A LOT of money in law school, even if you don't hit triple cherries and get in for free. Also, your readers should know that law schools heavily recruit non-white and non-male people, and "recruit" here is just a fancy word for lowering the admission fees. Read between the lines in the Supreme Court cases on this issue and I am sure you will agree.

Lastly, I want to correct your statement about law schools cutting half their numbers each year. I am unaware of any law school with anything remotely close to this kind of attrition rate. Maybe there are a few, but most schools graduate the vast bulk of the people admitted. Those folks who don't make it usually vanish at the end of the first year, and you can usually tell who they are going to be -- they're the ones you never see in the library. These statistics are easy to find in the law school guide books, which I urge anyone who has read this far and is contemplating law school to investigate at once.

I think if you would stop screaming at everyone and pare your word limit down to what is necessary to make your point, you might find that just about everyone agrees with you.

What of alternatives? What's your take? 03.Jan.2006 19:39

pro se

What of pro-se? What of pushing that more people learn how to represent themselves in court, or utilize an attny for 'coaching'? What's your take on this? And others with some experience in court?

What about what William Kunstler used to do--go on the offensive in court? (in the context of waging an unwinnable case, the Chicago 7 did some jui-jitsu with the usual game and did something interesting.

Personally, I'd like to hear from a number of you who may shed some light here.

Lawyers and Activists 13.Jan.2006 10:28

geneva geneva@mailcity.com

I am a person from the Eugene community who, along with several others, is going to a good law school and I have had the opportunity to practice law as a law clerk, including representing defendants in administrative hearings.
First of all, I do not think that creating a community of former activists turned lawyers will solve very much in terms of creating a viable radical activist community and protecting our friends. First, practicing law entails more than a legal education, it involves offices, staff, paralegals, the development of relationships with people in the court system, and, often in felony criminal defense, more money than you want to think about. Second, lawyers are somewhat constrained in what they can do and say by their continuing relationship with other lawyers and the bar; because much of law involves "networking" and pulling favors few lawyers can afford to be written off as "too radical" or "crazy" by other lawyers. This seems like selling out, and, quite frankly, it is. Practicing law for a radical activist invariably is depressing, you are working with a system of laws and reasoning that you both fundamentally reject and have to intellectually accept in order to help people. It is not fun and certainly not inspiring or affirming.
Teaching people the art of pro se defense seems like a good alternative to this, and, sometimes it is. The difficulty with this is that law in the United States is not a matter of "laws" or statutes, but rather the Constitution, court precedent, rules of procedure and evidence, federal statutes, state statutes, local ordinances, common law, the practice of England in 1776, and what the judge had for breakfast. Activists who might do very well at defending themselves in the context of a trespassing charge might do well to use a lawyer in order to file the proper motions in the context of an evidence suppression hearing.
I wish Kristin and everyone else who chooses to go to law school the best, it is more time consuming and tedious than difficult. I hope, however, that many, many more of you continue to go about trying to tear down the system from the outside. The movement needs to keep growing.
That said, I would like to go about creating a network of activist and punk law students and lawyers who can help activists and others deal with their legal issues, either through providing support and information to pro se defendants, helping them find an appropriate lawyers, or actually representing individuals. In many areas the National Lawyers Guild does this, in other places it is less than helpful. I am envisioning less of an organization and more of a contact list and may be some means of exchanging information. Sorry about the length of this message. Let me know what you think.

Just graduated law school 15.Feb.2006 11:53

Chris Irwin annebonnylives@yahoo.com

Yo drop me an email at  annebonnylives@yahoo.com if your thinking bout law school.

1. Take a Kaplan course for the LSAT. Its expensive buts its the price of admission. They will boost your score up on average at least 8 points. It got me over the 90% percentile=law schools crawling up my butt to accept me.

Plus it forces you to study. Don't be a penny wise and a dollar short. Most people going to law schools now do Kaplan. Its a rigged game but its the game. Many law schools don't give a damn about how you did undergrad now--they accept on how you do on the LSAT. So many got sued--how do you evaluate someone with a 3.4 from Berkley v. a 3.5 from the Unversity of Tennessee? Plus folks who apply to lawschool tend to be a litigious lot. Go figure. Everyone is going for standardized test=LSAT now. Plus there is no second chance with the LSAT. Yes you can take it twice--but the schools see the results from both test, and the average--and if you boost your score the second time they just assume you took a course.

2. Goto an accredited school. I am taking the bar exam in 8 days. In my state if you didn't goto an accredited school you don't get to take the bar, period, no negotiation. Thats the rule in most of the states I am familiar with.

3. Don't worry about money. Your going to be so in debt that it doesnt matter anyway. On average a law student now walks out of school 100k in debt. A cheap school and you can get out at 65$ k. Its sucks--but they will loan you all the money you need to get out. You can deduct your interest from taxes, work for a nonprof afterward and get a cut, and many schools have public interest lawyering grants and will cut your debt if you do PIL work when you get out. But no money is not an excuse, you can borrow.

4. Having more lawyers in the radical world means we know the rules. Better security culture workshops, better connections with the system, at the very least for 3 years you will be going to school with the folks who will be the clerks and grunt workers of the legal system in your region. You get access to people with wealth and resources you can't dream of. You find out who the friendly lawyers are in your town, whats up with the cops--you get to read the cereal box of society.

I went to law school cause I sat through 5 zillion cases waiting for my, and my friends civil disobediances cases coming up. Only do it if you really like it as a career. Attend some classes at a school (most law schools will let you sit in).

Plus there are other ways to help assure you get into school.

My experience transitioning from radical stuff, to law school--and out has been its really helped me as a writer (don't use this as an example) law school is first and foremost and intensive writing class. Its helped at actions--and in a ton of other ways. If your thinking about it drop me an email and I will tell you what I learned getting in.

I have to do some more stupid essays to get ready for my exam.

Chris Irwin