Observing depictions of lawyers in popular media, it becomes obvious that there exists a gap between the perception of law practice and its reality. This sends a lot of bright young people into law school for a lot of the wrong reasons, resulting in law school graduates saddled with, not only debt but regret. In fact, a 2016 study by the Access Group Center for Research & Policy Analysis (Access Group Study) found that only 20 percent of participants who obtained their law degree between 2010-2015 strongly agreed that law school was worth the cost. The study, conducted with Gallup, surveyed more than 7,000 law grads from seven law schools in the southeast. Sadly, less than half of the study participants strongly agreed that they would get their law degree if they could do it all over again. How do you avoid this kind of “debt + regret”? Bridge the perception-reality gap! Bridge the gap with information, information about law school and law practice from people who’ve actually been there, done that or who are there still doing it. A great place to start is by learning about the legal industry itself. You cannot learn what it means to practice law by watching legal dramas, as they are far more drama than legal; however, there are myriad resources available to you that can help put your law school and law practice decisions into real-world context. For a comprehensive overview of the current state of the legal market, take a look at 2018 Report on the State of the Legal Market, produced by Georgetown Law and Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute, available for download at http://legalsolutions.thomsonreuters.com/law-products/ns/solutions/peer-monitor/report-on-the-state-of-the-legal-market-repository?CID=TRSite.