Thank you everyone for your responses. I definitely agree with the poster who said something about children. I personally don't want them simply because I won't be able to dedicate the time and attention the need, law school or not.
I'd recommend taking a gap year between college and law school to work as a paralegal. Not only will it help you decide whether you want to go to law school, but it will put you ahead of many 1Ls in your class if you decide to go to law school. You'll already have familiarity with basic legal terminology and will be something to put on your resume that will be very helpful in obtaining a 1L summer or intern position.
I am a lawyer... but I have an independent practice on the side, and my real job is at recruitment.
Yeah, lawyer is more money... but also it involves tons of things I really dont want and dont need right now. Such as dressing nicely, keeping my hair done.... As a recruiter I work from home, have time to go to the gym and buy fresh fruits every day if needed... less money but more piece of mind... if anything fails I can jump on my practice 24/7
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No, I was an English Teacher for 29 years, but everybody always told me I should have been a lawyer.
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If you're wondering what it's like in the first year of law school, you might find this book at your local library.
it's called 1L (that's short for your first year in law school) by Scott Turow. It details his first year at Harvard Law School. It will give you an idea of what the first year is like and whether or not you think it's something you want to do.
As others have already noted, graduate school is a big investment. You could well be in debt by the time you graduate and having a law degree is no guarantee a job is waiting for you. I agree. If you decide you want to go, find out the job placement of the graduating class.
There really is too much competition these days and distinquishing yourself in the crowd won't be easy. Lots of talented people fighting over too few jobs.
I would seriously advise you to take a look at the job market before you decide to go to law school. Law school is a major investment in time and money and it's my understanding that the market is saturated with lawyers, making jobs hard to find and making salaries not so great. I wouldn't spend a lot of time and money to get a degree where I couldn't get a job afterwards or where I was working a ton of hours for a mediocre salary.
My cousin went to law school at a prestigious university. He finished about 6 years ago. He couldn't find a job in law. He now works for his dad, who is an accountant.
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How nice they are 'givers' .......... and wise they knew since a Nanny would raise the children ............ to choose not ............. Very unselfish ............
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My cousin & his wife are lawyers they choose to not have children, because they said a Nanny would be raising them. Kirsten his wife was mentioned in Time magazine.They both love what they do. They have there home in a gated community on the water front , & a huge boat tied to their dock & they take it right form there to their second home in the Bahamas.There home was featured in Tampa Bay magazine. They have a pool that actually goes part way around their home. The one main thing is they support senior centers & other charities with the money they make. Judy
Thanks for the info. I definitely don't have any thoughts about this being a walk in the park. I understand that THIS. WILL. BE. CHALLENGING. I just wanted to know a little bit about what it's like to be a law student, and get some kind of idea of what I can expect. My plan is to actually meet people who are practicing and get some more info.
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I agree with LEC's advice. One of my best friends went to a top tier law school (Northwestern, and had 2 undergraduate degrees from a good 4 year university), and while he found a new job right away at a big firm after graduation (with honors, and having worked in the courts during summers, no time for an actual job during school itself), he was laid off after a year. It took him another year to find a new full time job. He was laid off from that too 9 months later, and it took him about 9 months to find another full time job, and he had to move cities to do that. He loves what he does though, so he still felt the investment was worth it. But, if you're not sure, I'm not sure I'd go that route.
My cousin went to law school too, but quit after the first year because she realized it wasn't for her. She ended up going to school to be a paralegal, and she enjoys that and makes a pretty decent living, especially since her loans are way less!
The points about lawyers having to work long hours for a number of years is also very true. Yet another friend of mine worked at a top law firm making good money (around 150k a year straight out of law school), and actually was on the team that had to defend BP during the oil spills in the Gulf. It drained him completely... 100 hours of work a week, tons of travel, and not to mention he sort of felt morally wrong doing what he was doing. He eventually ended up switching to a smaller firm where he had more control over what cases he took, but it was for less money.
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I don't completely understand your question. Are you asking for help in trying to figure out if this is for you or are you asking about what law school to attend? I really believe that students should work part time, even as an errand person in the field they are thinking about to observe and see if this is the life they want. I know a lot of law firms hire students to help with research, etc.
I have an extended family with lots of lawyers. First, a successful attorney works many hours. You will want to get into the best law school that your grades allowed. Graduating from a good law school will make it easier to get into a good law firm. First make sure this profession is for you. Good Luck
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My BF just finished his 1L year and here's somethings I've pick up from him:
- Research carefully into a school's job placement numbers. As you may know, the market for lawyers is in a bit of a transition phase. To hear my BF tell it, if you aren't an honors student at the end of 1L or not in a top 5 law school, the investment isn't worth it.
- Cost of living as well as tuition is also something to really look into.
- Start prepping for the work of law school as soon as you finish submitting applications. Its a whole lot different from college and much more competitive.
Sorry this isn't all sweetness and light, but law school is a $200k commitment so its best to go in eyes open.
Hello, I know this isn't a health related question, but I just finished my junior year of college and I want to start thinking about graduate school options.I don't really know where to begin in my research to make sure this is something I truly want to commit myself to. I need to figure it out soon though because if I want to go to law school, I need to take the LSAT in October and apply soon after.
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