Lawyer Bee Assistance (specifically CT Bees): Considering Law School

posted 3 years ago in Career
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

1. Dismal would be a pretty accurate assessment.

2. I don’t know anything about UCONN, but I would definitely take a very careful look at their employment stats – especially if they show how many of those grads are employed in an actual legal job vs. working at Starbucks. 

3. Almost everyone who goes through law school comes out with crippling debt. My advice re: funding legal education is this: marry rich, have a trust fund, be at the top of your class at a top ten law school and hope for a big firm job (where you will be able to pay off your loans while working eighty hours a week) or just grit your teeth and prepare to sell your soul to Sallie Mae. 

4. I wouldn’t consider having kids during law school or for at least a few years after starting a job – assuming you find one after graduation. Law school is an all-encompassing soul suck. Unless you are a super duper over-achiever (like the one woman I know who had a baby in our 2L year and managed okay) it will be extraordinarily difficult to manage. I could barely take care of a cat in law school. Also, don’t forget that even if you have a career eventually that could support your family if something went wrong, don’t forget to factor in that big student loan payment every month. It’s like having a mortgage without having a house. 

5. Not really. Not unless you are independently wealthy and have no other goals you’d like to pursue in the next five years. I would, however, recommend watching this video: http://abovethelaw.com/2010/10/how-many-jaded-cynical-attorneys-does-it-take-to-discourage-one-law-student/

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Sugar bee
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PS: I hate to sound like a terrible jaded person, but after nine years as a practicing lawyer, I have to tell you – in almost all areas of law, you aren’t really going to wind up feeling like you’re helping people or makng a difference. Most lawyers don’t have trials frequently, or even ever, depending on what field you go into. A newly minted lawyer has more of a chance of sitting in a basement reading through stacks of documents for seventy hours a week than of ever setting foot inside a courtroom. 

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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@LoggerHead91207:  isn’t Connecticut one of the state’s you don’t need a law degree to take the bar but you can go through an internship/apprenticeship type thing?

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@LoggerHead91207:  I don’t know a whole lot about paralegal studies, but $15k for a one year certificate sounds incredibly high. You could get a certificate from a community college for much less. Most of our paralegals have bachelor’s degrees, I think. If you decide to go the certificate route, I would definitely look int cheaper options and again, ask about employment stats. Good luck!

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@LoggerHead91207:  my FI just started law school in the fall as a 5 year part time student. He works full time and goes to school 3 days a week and doesn’t get home until 10:30. We’re 26 so he’ll be 31 when he graduates, and we will have been married for over 4 years at that time.

i want to start a family before i’m 31, but he’ll be in school which means it’ll be really hard for a few years. i guess what i’m trying to say is, don’t overthink it. if you want to become a lawyer, you should do it. one of the main things i told my FI is that i don’t want him to always wonder how our life would be different if he went to law school, even though the process is rather inconvenient to our timeline. you need to look at the big picture.

i say go for it. it won’t be easy, but you’ll be doing something for your future, and the future or your family.

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’ve been out of law school for about a year and a half now. I’m not as jaded as some people but I don’t think I would be staying afloat without my husbands income. The minimum payment on my student loans (on the 10 year plan) is about half my take home pay. I was making more at my admin type job before law school. However, I was able to get a job as an attorney after school and I don’t work crazy hours. Some days it’s stressful, some days it’s boring and some days I enjoy it. My favorite part is listening to the crazy clients tell off the wall stories. 

I actually enjoyed law school though if you’re worried about that at all. I do think that working as a paralegal or at least in a law firm will give you a much more accurate idea of what being a lawyer is like compared to going to law school.

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Helper bee

@KatieBklyn:  I second everything KatieBklyn said and add that planning to take time off to be a SAHM does not bode well for your legal career. The legal job market sucks right now and it is not a career I would advise unless you are 100 percent committed.

(Stupid iPad keeps autocorrecting what I wrote in weird ways)

LoggerHead91207:

and there is no reason you need a paralegal certificate. I got a job as a paralegal right after college with my Bachelors. You are putting stickers on paper to label them as exhibits and making charts for goodness sake. There is nothing complicated about being a paralegal. Just send your resume in to all big law firms. They will gladly let you spend 50 plus hours sorting paper without a paralegal certificate 

ETA: if you can’t afford to pay for law school without loans! I don’t think it is a good idea. Making payments of over a 1000 dollars a month for a degree yoh are not planning to fully use because you are a SAHM will seriously make your financial future more complicated…..

 

 

 

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I have been a practicing attorney now for about 16 years.  I don’t know anything about UConn but I can say that it is true that this is a very bad legal market.  You have to graduate from a good school and get very good grades to be competitive in the job market.  It was bad when I came out and it has only gotten worse.  I also hate to say it but KatieBklyn is right that few lawyers feel like they are helping people or go to trial.  Some of that has to do with finances…if you have to get student loans you most likely will not be able to afford to take the kind of job that “helps people.” I am a corporate m&a lawyer so that pays the bills well, but it took 10 years before I was happy in my career.  The legal field is a tough area to work in. As a family lawyer, most of what you would be doing is divorces, which is pretty depressing.  On top of that, the people getting divorces tend to resent you for every penny you charge them. .. Never mind the fact that you are working for your living just like they are.  

I hate to dissuade people from the law.  Some people love it and were born to be lawyers.  I love my job now and the life it allows me to have, but it was a hard road up to this point and I chose a career over having children years ago.  Not all areas of the law require that choice though.  One thought is to check into paralegal school…it requires less time and money to get your certification, and you would have much more time to spend with your family.

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