Don Haagensen to Would-Be Law Students: Think It Through

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In our 2011 edition of Oregon Super Lawyers & Rising Stars, environmental attorney Don Haagensen, with Cable Huston Benedict Haagensen & Lloyd, offered some advice to anyone thinking about heading for law school: Go to lunch with a lawyer.

"The first advice is to make sure it's something you really want to do and [that] you really understand what it is, because three years in law school and the investment both in time and money is a huge investment.

"I've always advised people in high school who talk to me about 'Well, I want to be a lawyer' or people in college-'I want to be a lawyer'-to try to go to lunch with lawyers; go to breakfast with lawyers; get a job as an assistant in a law firm if you're a college student where you can be around lawyers, see what lawyers do, to see if it's something you really want to do. Don't decide something just philosophically or academically; decide it based on having done it, as best you can."