(Closed) law school?

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 32
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1460 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I have a co-worker that went to law school PT at night.  She passed the bar about 2 years ago and still has not found a job as an attorney so she continues to work as an engineer.  The company paid most all of her tuition so she wasn’t out much money.

My nephew passed the bar a little over a year ago.  He has over $100K in loans and couldn’t find a job so he eventually started his own practice.  He recently joined another lawyer and is finally making some money.

There are more lawyers than positions…the market is over-saturated right now.  Think long and hard before you make your decision.

Post # 33
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6226 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

@6thousandmiles:  um no. i went to a top law school and have almost 200,000 in debt, making my life choices very, very limited. i have a good job in a large firm doing what i chose, and it is still a million times diifferent than anything i expected while in school. i work all the time, every weekend, and have basically developed chronic anxiety because of my job. think VERY carefully about this decision. like other pps, i cant think of a law school friend who is happy. :-/

Post # 34
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Buzzing bee

Absolutely do not go to law school. I did very well (graduated in the top 7% of my class in 2011) and was lucky to get a job clerking for a federal judge, but my boyfriend is graduating this May, and the job market is soooo over saturated. It’s hard to even get interviews. My clerkship ends in July, and I still don’t have a job lined up and I have 2 years experience. The loans are crippling, and I have friends that are making $40k a year working 50+ hours.  It’s just not worth it.

 

Post # 35
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271 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I am in a tier 1 law school now and I hate it.  I’m top 25% but I’ve paid a high price for it, financially and otherwise.  I’ve given up most of my interests and social life in order to get work done, and every time I go out of town, I spend 75% of my waking hours reading absolutely mind-numbing materials, studying for exams, and working on Moot Court stuff (extracurricular in the form of journal and/or moot court are practically mandatory for getting a job).  I used to play piano, read for pleasure, and go out to lunch with friends about once a week, and now all I do is study.  Exam time is even worse.

Also, I am having to pay all of my tuition and expenses through loans (no time for part-time job).  So I’ll be over 100K in the hole when I graduate and job prospects have been awful for several years, and they’re not looking up.  If I had to do it over, I’d be a paralegal just so I could have a normal life and not be so deep in debt.  It’s just not worth it for me.

Post # 37
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176 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@6thousandmiles:  I didn’t read the long comments above, but I would guess maybe 1% of people who would like to work in art law or international law can get a paying job in either. Fiance and I went to a top 25 school, made As and Bs, and make a combined gross salary of 83k. Just for his loans, if the public service loan repayment program doesnt put its money where its mouth is, we will pay back 250k. I cry all the time, gained weight, and started losing my hair, largely due to the stress and long hours causing me to binge and get little sleep (cannot get to bed on time because when i wake up, I know I have to go let my job kill my soul another day). We feel like indentured servants. There are no jobs I can find that give you a big bump in salary because you have a JD. I have no other skills. Stuck.

Post # 38
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292 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@Meowkers:  I completely agree with your simple breakdown on this topic. 

@6thousandmiles:  

I’ve been a lawyer now for 4+ years.  I was blessed with financial security and didn’t require a loan (for schooling or living expenses) — got a scholarship as well. 

I was also very lucky to have family connections and land a position that allowed me to control my hours and obtain a decent wage.  I personally was never solely into it for the money.  I truely enjoy the law.  In the last 10 months, I have opened my own pratice, so with that comes more day to day control and of course complications.  I personally knew I wanted to be a lawyer for a considerable amount of time.  I was fully aware of the pressures that came with working in the legal field.  I personally have not regretted my decision.   

My younger brother on the other hand, recently graudated from law school and called to the bar — he has been struggling with his career decision.  In my opinion he too quickly made the decision to go to law school.  He would have benefited from working in a law office for at least 6 months.  As I have opened my own firm, he will be working with me for a while — hopefully he sticks around.  His biggest issue has been the lack of work-to-life balance.  His previous job had litterally become his life — wake up, work, eat, work, eat, work, sleep — and then repeat, including weekends. 

It is good that you are asking for our opinion, that is the first step in the right direction.  You need need to find an office to work in for a bit before you make the final decision.

Good Luck! 

 

Post # 39
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47187 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@peanut88:  

@MrsTickledPink:   This post is over 10 months old. The OP hasn’t posted on WeddingBee for 8 months.

Post # 41
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176 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@julies1949:  oh well maybe someone else will be interested to read it. Thanks for filling us in!

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