Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Is Law School a Good Idea?

Is law school a good idea?  Not according to most of the recent articles regarding the subject.  For example:

Why Attending Law School Is The Worst Career Decision You'll Ever Make

Anti-Law School Blogs Seek to Keep Others from Making 'Same Mistake We Did'

Is Law School Worth It? Readers Respond

New Book Claims Law School is a Bad Deal for Most

Link to actual book:

Failing Law Schools (Chicago Series in Law and Society) 

My thoughts on the subject of going to law school:

It is all about your expectations and having a realistic view of what you want to do with your life. If you go to just about any law school out of your state, you will pay $30,000 in tuition alone. And what for? The CHANCE of landing a job with a big law firm, and then having an even more miserable and lonely existence than three years in a law library?  

If you want to be a lawyer, work after undergrad and have a career before going to law school - e.g. RN, accountant, financial analyst, teacher, whatever. After two years or more of working, take the LSAT and apply to law schools. Go to the school that gives you the biggest scholarship that you actually have a realistic chance of maintaining (i.e. don't fall for the scholarships that you lose after 1L if you are not in the top 10%). Avoid the elitists and blogs and go to a TTT (third-tier toilet) or even a fourth-tier school. Graduate with little law-school debt, and have options in terms of work. Without $100k+ in debt you do not have to work for a big law firm. You can work for a small firm, make $55k a year, have a life, and actually enjoy being a lawyer.

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