Post # 32
@brideesq: I’m intrigued…How do you think law school made wedding planning easier?
Seeing as law school can be so time-consuming–I would have thought it was the exact opposite! Please share as I will be doing the exact same thing!
Post # 33
i had a love/hate relationship with law school. the hardest part was being back in school while my friends all moved on with their lives and i was stuck back in our college town…
Post # 34
ALMOST!!!!! I am actually starting my last year of the four-year part time program. I also work during the day as a law clerk for the State. Thankfully, this is my first summer off in the three years I have been in law school. We are having the wedding in October & everyone ask me why not when you are out of school – THE BAR!!!!!!! So I am enjoying this summer being that next summer I will be totally tied down. But it’s really exciting b/c we have something to look forward to celebrating!
It’s never too late to go back to school Mr. Bee & others – consider evening programs if they are available in your state – however remember its lots of time management, being that I work and go to school during the week – so I have study on the weekends.
My FH is an attorney – actually how we met was I was his legal assistant ( he he) but I clearly advised in my first interview I was leaving to law school the following year, which FH admitted he had heard before but never seen someone actually do it – and I did – had our long distance that year & then I transferred to a school in Miami and its all history!
Props to all the lawyers ladies! And to the upcoming law students – if your full time it’s easier than having to work so I cant give much advise but make sure you are responsible and not listen to others talking about there time in the library blah blah – but do what works for you – but get ready to work & FOCUS!!!!!!!
Post # 35
I’m a lawyer 🙂 Love it. I am actually clerking for a federal judge now and although the hours aren’t so far off of my law firm gig, it’s intellectually stimulating. I agree with sarahnyc. I loved law school and I would recommend it if you want to practice. If you have money to blow, its also an amazing educational experience! YAY LAWYERS!
And for law students, don’t let school get you down. Embrace the educational experience and seek out classes/people/mentors that interest you. Have fun!
If all else fails, post on Weddingbee and us older gals can help you out.
Post # 36
PS I summered at my firm again AND studied for the NY Bar in 2007. Oh and I passed. So yes, you can do it! Good luck in these next few weeks.
Post # 37
waiting for bar results=worst thing ever!
Post # 38
So I WAS a lawyer (law student = lawyer?) at Baylor in Texas. Pretty well respected private law school in Waco. I was Miss Smarty Pants in undergrad, came to Baylor got the wind knocked out of me by how brilliant my colleagues were, studied my ass off every single second of every day, wore pajamas to the library, ACED my 1st and 2nd semesters and then… dropped out.
I just…. hated it. To me it was like the worlds longest, suckiest, most boring, book report EVER. I hated the research, hated the Shepardizing, hated Lexis, hated it all. It was so dry and vacuous to me. I thought being a lawyer was like being on Law & Order and, given the TINY percentage of cases that go to trial these days, its not at all! Most of your time is spent out of court.
I just wasn’t prepared for the reality of what being a lawyer really is. I got out with only $30K of loans against me, which seems manageable after reading what other people have. I’m working as an elementary teacher now and I love it so much.Summers off, home at 4PM. Its wonderful, and I won’t feel like I’m juggling my time so much when I have children. I was so worried about being at the firm until 9 PM on a weeknight and never seeing my kids!
It was hard to leave because I didn’t want to feel like a quitter, but I really think that I was one of those people who went to law school because I didn’nt know what else to do! I thought, well I’m smart, I’ll be a good lawyer! But I didn’t like the substance of being an attorney.
Just my two cents, I admire all the female attorneys I meet now. I know how much hard work they put in to get where they are going!
Post # 39
Another lawyer here! Graduated in 2008 and I’ve been working at a small firm for a year. Law school? Not that bad! It was just as hard as people say, but I honestly didn’t mind the work. I loved the people I met and I think that I’ll be life-long friends with them.
Being a lawyer? Meh. I was one of those people who didn’t know what else to do so I figured a law degree would be useful. Yea um…. a whole bunch of loans later and I kind of HAD to be a lawyer! I’m holding out hope that I might like it better when I’ve been working longer and can run my own cases… but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t dream of being able to quit the lawyer gig someday.
Post # 40
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
As an almost-lawyer (ha), NO I would not recommend law school to ANYBODY. Not unless you have a real, serious and deep love of the discipline of the law. Because I didn’t, and now with the economy hurting lawyers pretty badly (and law schools constantly raising tuition), law school really has zero redeeming qualities.
Post # 41
i was actually a stenographer for four years… does that count?! it’s a great career to have in my back pocket….
Post # 42
yay lawyers!! you’re my favorite! (my father and brother are lawyers!). lawyers get crap from haters a lot, so i like seein you getting some love!
Post # 43
I’m a 2008 graduate and passed the bar the first time. My grades were not the best and feel like law school was the biggest mistake of my life. I have huge student loan debts and I still don’t have a job yet. I feel like I will never get a job. I don’t live in a city where contract work is even possible. I will never advise any one to go to law school. Any advice out there about the job market now?
Post # 44
@sheichee That sounds really tough. Maybe explore the public service debt forgiveness programs and look for government jobs? I’m in bankruptcy and business is booming… The market is going to be really different in a few years, so maybe find an alternate career for a few years? Teaching?
I’m not a lawyer yet. I take my LSAT at the end of September. Wish me luck!
Post # 45
Some of what you ladies are saying makes me feel like I made the right choice. I thought going to law school was better than not knowing what I wanted to do, but I don’t think it was. My law school is around $40K a year, so it would have cost me about $160K all together. I just knew in my gut that it wasn’t for me. It made it more difficult because I did pretty well academically. My classmates didn’t understand why I was quitting! But, I just kept hearing this rumbling throughout the field about associates working until midnight, people “having” to be a lawyer because they had already taken out the loans and had no way to pay them back, lack of jobs in ANY legal field, huge billable hours requirements, etc.
I know this may sound naive, but I would just caution anyone thinking about going to law school to think seriously about it. You need to LOVE LAW. Not love driving a Lexus, or love public speaking, or love arguing. Because some of those things aren’t guaranteed (the Lexus), and some of them you may never get to do (if you end up say… a contract attorney).
I get the feeling from my classmates that many of them would quit if they could, but are too afraid now that they are in debt for 80K and above. The thing is, the more semesters you sign up for, the more debt you take on, and the more likely it is that you will have to be a lawyer.
For me it was too big of a risk to take to “hope” that one day I would come around and start liking it. So for now I’m doing something else.
Just please think long and hard about whether law is something you really want to do or something that “sounds good” because its impressive and you think you’ll make money. Those were my reasons for going in, and I would give anything to take that $30K in loans back.
Post # 46
Also, I’d just like to add that I have friends who LOVE law school. Like, they LIVE for being an attorney. And I think thats great, but I think they are in the minority. I’d say a good 60% of my class was apathetic about the legal field and thought it would be a good add on to a Bachelor’s degree.
I’m not knocking law, I’m just saying I had no idea what I was getting into, and I want to keep other people from making the same mistake.