(Closed) Law Talk (NWR)

posted 9 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

How did I get in here?!?! 

Backing out slowly…

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Michigan State has a great law school. Being from MI, I have a few friends that went there. Cooley Law.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2018 - The Grand Old House, Grand Cayman

Do you want to be a psychologist or a lawyer?  Or is it a dual program that you are looking for?

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2018 - The Grand Old House, Grand Cayman

I wouldn’t go to law school unless you are absolutely sure that you want to be a lawyer.  In my experience, law school is extremely competitive and intense–quite different from getting a Masters.  And the skill set you learn in law school, in my experience, is not really transferable to other careers.  In law school you learn how to “think like a lawyer”, which isn’t super helpful if your real dream is to be a psychologist.

If you aren’t sure whether you want to be a psychologist or a lawyer (and you are just graduating from college and that is completely understandable!), I would get your Masters in Psych, see if you love it and want to be a practicing psychologist, and if not, then go to law school, if you still want to be a lawyer.  Those LSAT scores are good for at least 3 years right? 🙂

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2009 - Barr Mansion

I totally agree with everything Mrs. Kitten said! I wish someone would’ve told me something like that before I went to law school. It’s very expensive in addition to being mega competitive. It’s just not worth it unless you’re sure about being a lawyer. It sounds like you have a really interesting educational background! I’d also suggest getting a masters first and then seeing where to go from there. In my experience dual programs are usually not worth it (unless you’re doing tax/law or something international). Good luck with whatever you decide!

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

@Laylabelle – backing out with you…I went to law school and practiced at a big firm, but changed careers after a few years and couldn’t be happier now.

@soonerpsych – you might want to check out this thread.  Not to discourage you from law school, but it might be interesting.  I didn’t read the whole thing, but there were some very valid points:

How many lawyers we got in the house?

Seems like you’re looking for a very particular kind of program.  I went to school in Canada and England, so can’t offer any advice about American schools.  But good luck with your decision!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

Ditto to Mrs. Kitten and Mrs. Mouse!

But because I now work at a law school, I feel a little obligated to throw in a pro-law perspective. 🙂 Law school is a difficult decision, both emotionally and financially. Yes, I have some friends who wish they had never gone. But many more love practicing law. I never really wanted to be a lawyer, but went to law school anyway. I practiced law for about seven months…and hated it. I did family law. And I hated it. If I never see a courtroom again, I’ll be happy (and this is from someone who was on her mock trial team and moot court board in law school!)

But, I wouldn’t trade my legal education. For one, it got me my current job – Assistant Director of Student Life at Stetson University College of Law. Higher education is definitely where I am supposed to be – I just took an odd route to get there!

Good luck!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2018 - The Grand Old House, Grand Cayman

@August15bride:  I would love a job like yours!  Putting your degree to work without having to be a lawyer!  I swear billable hours requirements are going to kill me…

Post # 13
Bee
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2009 - Barr Mansion

That is a very interesting perspective, August! I do know several people that love practicing law, but I know even more who hate it. Either way, it’s good to know what you’re getting into before you start.

Additionally, the current economic crisis has made it even more competitive to get a legal job of any kind–not just big law jobs. It’s not fun to be unemployed AND have massive amount of law school debt.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

I agree with Kitten and Mouse. It’s a rough experience, and knowing what I know now (mostly about the economy tanking, though, to be fair), I would not do it again.

The most significant warning I can give about law school, though, is that the financial investment may not pay off (and that’s even if you LOVE law school). A lot of law schools like to lure people in with stats about employment rates and high starting salaries… most people with law degrees don’t get those jobs. I will almost certainly be in a worse financial position after going to law school for a LONG TIME than I was before I started.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I’m in law school and it is challenging.  However, I know I want to practice law.  However, I’m not going into this blind and know many lawyers that regret law school and many that hate and regret law school and their careers.  One of my best friends is a lawyer and some days she likes her job, but most days she hates it.  So, you should really focus on what you want to do before going to law school because it is so very expensive.   I suggest maybe working on your master’s and work part time as a paralegal to see how much of the law you’ll really like.  It’s not what it seems.  I’ve been a corporate paralegal for almost 10 years now.   I like it, but don’t love it.  In the beginning I did because I learned so much and dealt with a lot of high profile clients.  Now, it’s okay, but I don’t want to practice corporate law.  I know that and only know that because I’ve worked as a paralegal.   I plan to be a children’s advocate.  Hopefully I can find something in that area.  I suggest finding a university that offers the master’s program and working towards that first and working as a paralegal in a big firm first.  You’ll get a lot of training in the big frim and also get a recommendation for law school, if you decide to go that route.  Try to work for a firm specializing in the area of law you’d like to practice.  When you say juvenile law, are you speaking specifically in the criminal arena are you willing to also represent children in guardianship cases, adoptions, and divorce cases.  I also suggest forensic psychology since, you are interested in the law.  You can work in the private sector as an expert witness and make a tone of money. 

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

@August15bride – I don’t regret going to law school for a minute, either!  I loved it – just hated practicing.  But I don’t regret practicing, either.  It definitely made me who I am today, and gave me an incredible work ethic.

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