Beeg12 wrote:I am not basing my statements on employment statistics, rather current opinions of hiring law firm partners in the market. Aren't these unemployment statistics similar in other law programs and other legal markets? The nation lost 1800 legal jobs in December and they all aren't from the Chicago market. My whole point is that if law is the career in which you plan to pursue, and your options were those listed by the post, to take the best options, which from what I've heard from partners in law firms in Chicago is Kent, and work hard. the fact is that there are attorneys that graduated Kent that have jobs, and there are unemployed graduates in every field of study in every city in America. I just dislike the negative outlook and bad advice you give in regards to "don't go to law school". Obviously if NU and Chicago law were options we wouldn't be having this discussion. The topic is what is the best option to take. If you are going to law school for only money, then don't go. If you want a legal education and are prepared to work for your career, than take the best option you are given and work your butt off. It is naive to think that in the current market that a career will just be handed to you in any field.
Obviously you aren't looking at employment statistics, otherwise you would know how wrong you are and how terrible this advice is. There is a huge difference between expecting a career to be handed to you and to not being able to find any job making any money at all practicing law. You need to understand the statistics.
Here's another tip - everyone in law school will be working hard, very hard. You can not plan on outworking them and you can't plan on beating the curve. The only safe thing is to assume you will be at median (though many people will be below median.) What are the job prospects for the median students? I suggest you look at statistics and the employment forums here. Do not go to school expecting you will be the editor of the law review. (Although as noted above, even the editor of the law review remained jobless.)
If you want to rely on the advice some guy told you over the clear evidence to the contrary, go ahead, just please be careful about telling other people to do the same.