(Closed) Law School Grads–Are you using your J.D.?

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I use my law degree as an immigration attorney. After my contract work ended, I decided to go into business for myself. I love my job, but I sort of dislike the business aspect of it. I wouldn’t necessarily change going to law school but maybe I would have pursued a different undergrad. My goal is to branch into compliance law in 5 years. Either way, I don’t regret my J.D. at all. 

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I am! I do trusts and estates work for a midsize regional firm, and I really like my clients and what I do. That said, I hustled hard for this job, and probably half of my class was unemployed at graduation (top 25 school). It’s rough out there. I don’t regret getting my degree, but that’s only because I got out with a job and no debt. 

Interested to see what others have to say! Has anyone changed careers from law? 

Post # 5
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9099 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

I sort of use it, but I really regret going into so much debt and sacrificing so much of my life to study for school and to pass the bar only to find out it was completely wrong for me.

It does give me a little extra credibility in my real work ,tho.

Post # 6
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6741 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

I am using my degree.  I am in public interest.  Except for meeting my Fiance because of law school, I’m not sure that I would do it all over again if given the choice.  I like my job, but I would love a career change – I just can’t afford it.  I can tell you more specifically what I do in a PM, I just don’t want everyone knowing.  🙂

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I went to a top 10 school and graduated (including undergrad debt) owing over $180K.  I aggressively paid down the higher interests loans and now owe just under $100K (but have savings which could about cover the rest).  Worked as a large law firm lawyer for 2.5 years before I lost my job, underemployed 2 years (taught classes as adjunct professor for peanuts), now a govt lawyer for almost a year.  I don’t regret going to law school even though it’s been tough.  Wish I hadn’t lost my job when I did though – keeping it even 6 months more would have helped me land the next position.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I graduated May 2012 took (and passed!) PA and NJ bar exams. I was very lucky in my job search.A mid-size firm hired me in August before I even knew if I passed or not. Currently, I am doing civil defense work, mainly personal injury.

I was also lucky in that my dad loaned me the money for law school. Much easier to get a waiver on a monthly payment from him! Plus, he has worked it into his will that, God forbid, he passes away before I’ve paid everything back, it will just be taken out of my inheritance.

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