Advice for a young person wanting to pursue a career in law

I was contacted by a young person on Instagram recently who expressed an interest in pursuing a career in law.

He wanted to know if I would have any advice for him.

Having thought about it I concluded that the best thing he, or any young person in his position could do, would be to cultivate the habit or reading, writing and a love of books.

A love of words, or reading, writing and books is a distinct advantage to anyone pursuing a career in law.

The corollary is also true, in my view: anyone without a love of reading and without a strong habit of reading will find law a bit of a chore.

This advice is so general, however, that even if he does not eventually pursue a career in law developing a habit of reading and a love of books will serve him well in any career he pursues.

And in life, generally.