Well, it’s that time of year again. The time of year where prospective law students across the country are starting the much feared Law School Application Process. Some already know exactly where they want to go and exactly what LSAT score they ABSOLUTELY MUST HAVE, and when it doesn’t all work out, it’s the END OF THE WORLD. Except actually, it’s most certainly not.
I promise, no matter where you go to school, you will be able to find your path- as an attorney or elsewhere. Because here’s the thing: ultimately, it’s in God’s hands where you end up! In Isaiah 55:9, God reminds us that “as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts”. We have no idea where we are meant to be, because ultimately God has a plan for us that is so remarkable, we can’t possibly imagine it. His plan for you is so much greater than you can imagine- whether it be at your dream school or at a school you never dreamed you would end up at.
As an undergradaute I got into my dream school, hated every moment of it, transferred to a school in a city I’d never been to before despite misgivings from everyone around me and absolutely loved it, to the point that I strongly considered attending Law School at SMU. My two years at a place that still feels like a second home taught me one thing- sometimes, the school and the city you may not imagine ending up at is actually the absolute perfect place for you.
So to all the future law students who don’t end up at their dream school, your career is far from over. Your future isn’t ruined. You still have the capacity to achieve your dreams- even the ones you haven’t even thought of yet. You still will meet crazy successful people from across the country, and more importantly, will make valuable friendship and connections. You’ll have an education that will inspire you and push you to your absolute limit during finals. And as 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” — even if those circumstances don’t put you where you wanted to be or where you wanted to be. Because no matter what the outcome is, you’ll end up where you’re meant to be!
All the best,