Is Law School worth it?

image https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXRiOsvptww very good video from B.I showing the lack of Law Graduates actually using their degree after law school. This is a trend that permeates the western world and isn’t necessarily a disincentive to study law. Most of the data looks at salaries and jobs 1-2 years after graduating but the truth is a lot of people like to do their own thing after graduating rather than committing to a career for life at age 22.

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7 thoughts on “Is Law School worth it?

  1. I went and after my first year I got to clerk with two incredibly wonderful guys but it was the people I had to deal with and courts that I could not stomach. Happy I never completed it. if you’re smart enough to go to law school become an architect, a sculptor of the sky.

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    1. I’m currely in Law school in Ireland (TCD) and we don’t have to sit an undergrad degree first before studying it also I’m not paying exorbitant fees (about €5000 a year) I’m studying in Indiana University for a year this fall. Hopefully that will give me an insight into the opinions of American Law schools and their potential drawbacks. Cheers for the opinion, personally I don’t have much of a lust to follow law as a career but I think the degree has been incredible and opened up a huge amount of opportunity

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      1. Try to watch the movie Paper Chase. it supposedly takes place at Harvard but actually was written by a professor at the University of Miami law school where I went. And it was about my contracts professor. he was actually much stranger than the movie portrays him. But he became an endearing friends and has since passed and my time in this class will always be a highlight of my life. So if you ever get a chance to see the movie I highly recommend it I think it was released in 1973 and I went to law school in 1976. Good luck in Indiana I think you’ll love the state, ignore what you’ve heard of Light the people there are really nice, they just vote for idiots

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  2. I thoroughly enjoyed law school at Emory, but I’m part of the “not practicing” statistic. I received my JD in 1999. At the time, I was married for not quite a year, and seven months pregnant. While I’d had a few job interviews in Atlanta, and a promising call back with an accounting firm for whom I really wanted to work, the new husband had a firm offer from a big business firm in NYC, and we decided to go there, take the offer… By the time I took (and passed) the New York Bar in 2000, I was pregnant with child number two. (Being married to a right wing religious fundamentalist has it’s major disadvantages, but I can’t regret ANY of the kids, because I love all three with all my heart…) Long story short, I wound up being a stay at home mother for the next 13 years before deciding I was through with the marriage. (A story in itself naturally.) I took and FAILED the Florida Bar exam twice. I’m currently working as a police dispatcher. I’m starting to seek administrative work at local law firms. We’ll see… If I manage to land and succeed in a job in that capacity, I may consider retaking the Florida Bar and eventually practicing law. I’ve been out of law school for nearly sixteen years. I still have debts.

    What I really always wanted to do? Write. And I do it, I just don’t make money doing it.

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    1. Wow that’s an awesome story, I know a few people going to Emory next year for the exchange program. I can imagine it is very difficult to balance the pressures of work and home life but I wish you the best in whatever you choose, be it the Florida Bar or something else! I wonder how kind the debt repayment scheme is in the U.S? I know in the UK student loans are government run and very very efficient and kind to graduates in repaying

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      1. Not at all kind, though I think liberals like Elizabeth Warren are trying to make it better. The problem is that while one party likes to actually attempt to give people equal opportunity to succeed, the other likes to wave flags and talk about how wonderful ‘Murika is, how it’s the land of opportunity, while making sure to do everything it can to punish people for being poor and make it damned near impossible to dig their way out of poverty.

        I studied tax law. One example of the problem? People who fight for “Fair Tax.” It’s NOT “Fair.” If you tax solely on what people purchase, you are shifting the tax burden to the poor, because they MUST use a higher percentage of their income to buy taxable goods. Most people don’t understand how the graduated income tax system in this country is supposed to work. It’s supposed to take into account that with more wealth you have more “disposable” income, and therefore can pay more without it hurting as bad. And nobody is ever taxed anywhere near to 100% on any of their income. I think at some point I will blog about it, so that more people can “not read” it. 😉

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