rman1201 wrote:Those stats are from the class of 2009, which had their OCIs and SAs pre-recession, and most schools report initial estimates of employment to be down a little for the class of 2010, so you can expect a little dip in the stats you provided.
And think about it this way, even if 20% do land biglaw (or close to it), that means you have an 80% chance of not landing big law, in which case you'll still have $200k worth of loans to pay off.
Most people here are just trying to help, and ultimately the decision is yours to make. You seem pretty set on making this happen, and I wish you the best of luck, it'd be great if things do work out. We're just trying to be as objective/realistic as possible to help you make a level headed decision.
Things are oversensationalized a tad here, I'll give you that. As long as you don't default the loans are very manageable and the government is willing to work with you in getting them taken care of, and in your instance maybe it won't even be that big of a deal with all that debt hanging over your head since you'll be in NYC, and I doubt you plan on buying a house or car anytime soon.
If I were you I'd just do some soul searching to ensure law is 100% what you want to do. Do research, contact current attorneys, get a job as an assistant if possible - and if it is then go for it and find a way to make it happen, just try to be responsible about it.
Thanks for being honest and reasonable unlike a lot of other jerks on this forum.
About knowing that I want to be a lawyer for certain - When it comes to the actual job of being a lawyer, I feel that it is virtually impossible for anyone to know if they really want to do a certain profession unless they have experienced the work for themselves first-hand. Being that you cannot practice law without going through law school and taking the bar exam, I think that anyone who claims they know for certain they want to be a lawyer before actually practicing as one, is straight out fooling themselves and their families.