zreinhar wrote:For reference I am "differing". it'll just be me, gsu, and no legal future...
I wish I could see through your eyes. I often wonder how so many lemmings run off the cliff so happily. It seems impossible given the quantity of information online, both empirical and anecdotal, about how the legal industry works that so many could fail to understand what awaits them. A recent survey by Kaplan referenced here: http://abovethelaw.com/2010/04/the-hubr ... e-lawyers/
"According to a recent Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions survey of 330 pre-law students, 52% report that they are “very confident” that they will find a job in the legal field after graduating law school and passing the bar, but only 16% say they are “very confident” that the majority of their fellow aspiring lawyers will do the same. In fact, only seven percent of respondents indicated a lack of confidence in their own ability to secure employment upon graduation. Pre-law students’ attitudes are in keeping with research showing that students aged 18-29 are more optimistic about their economic future – despite a sluggish job market – than past generations."
OP, like those surveyed, are willfully blind because they think something about them, probably EE background in OP's case, makes them special such that they will buck the trend. But, the reality is:
TTT UG (with likely unimpressive grades) + Online Masters (which is probably worse than the worst brick and mortar school) + TTT JD (with likely unimpressive grades) =/= any likelihood of a legal job. This is especially insane when you consider the wealth of information on the internet about how much of a purely prestige-oriented profession is.