romothesavior wrote:I'm sorry. I didn't mean what I said. NLJ250 jobs are pretty easy to snag in this economy, and just about everyone at a Top 50 school will get one if they work hard and network. In fact, you seem like the type of person who should be gunning for Wachtell. Shoot for the stars!
You're right, you should quit your near 6-figure job and spend tens of thousands on law school because you will more than likely end up with a 120k+ job upon graduation (probably more like 150-160k). Great financial strategy.
Read my post again - I am not going to law school to make more money. I am going to law school because I want to. I have always wanted to.
Repeat: I am not going to law school just so I can make more money. With all the perks and benefits, I am very near 6 figures already, and I would probably be at 120+ in 3-4 years.
The reality is if I can't make more than I am making right now, I am not going to work for a law firm. I might as well just come back to this job.
Of course, the idea of attending law school is to practice law. Hence, the post on this thread.
Dude, leaving your job to pursue your ambition of becoming a lawyer is all fine and good. The point they are making is that in this economy thinking that you are guaranteed a $120k job upon graduation from a lower-tier-1 school is just plain dumb.
So, if you are fine with the worst case scenario, you should ignore us pricks and go through with it. The worst case scenario looks something like this:
1. You forgo approximately $300k in wages
2. You spend approximately $100k on a mediocre law school
3. Your best job prospects coming out of law school are below $100k/year
At this point, you have two choices:
1. You go back to your current job. You have just thrown away three years and nearly a half million dollars for two shiny new letters, J and D. Was it worth it? Of course, this choice is dependent on your current employer taking you back.
2. You stick with your plan of being a lawyer, even though it means a pay cut. Perhaps this would make you happy despite the fact that the earnings gap between this path and the path of skipping law school will extend infinitely into the future.
In my humble opinion, you should stay on what sounds like a very stable career path. Consider taking the LSAT again and applying next cycle. If you can get 178 on PTs there's really no reason you shouldn't be able to crack 172 on the real test. You seem like you'll only be happy if you are able to gun for the top biglaw jobs, and that simple isn't possible these days outside of the top schools.