Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Warning from a Lawyer about Going to Law School

One of my law school alumni friends just posted on Facebook that potential and current law students need to be aware of the status of the legal market. She says that the legal market has yet to recover and she doesn't think it will bounce back for at least another 5 years.  The law firm that she works at had two openings and over 2,000 people applied! They received applications from every tier- Ivy-league on down! She also stated that law schools report any work after graduation as employment for their statistics. So you will be considered "employed," even if you are working part-time at Starbucks.

If you are going to go to law school in this economy, I also recommend that you  know what you are getting into, borrow the least that you can, and even save up before hand. I also think that you should be flexible with marketing the utility of your law degree in other areas.  Lawyers can be a great asset in government , private, and non-profit organizations as policy analysts, compliance officers, administrative law judges, contracts specialists, and ethics officers just to name a few.

Lastly, I encourage you to pursue your passion, not your paycheck.  Determine a budget, live within your means, and you can make your paycheck work for you. Then go after the jobs that you want, not just ones that you think you should have.

1 comment:

  1. You make some good points. As a law student, I am terrified, utterly terrified of the legal job market. I did not know what I know now about the reality of the law market. Part of me wonders if I would have went had I known, as I thought I had the passion for law back then, but now it seems that it may not be what I want to do, and I might not have had a choice anyway.