spleenworship wrote:Okay, if y'all are done having a little group hug-in over here, allow me to 'splain:
I and several others in here are in law school. One of the posters telling you 0Ls not to go to law school is a PROFESSOR OF LAW at a LAW SCHOOL.
Y'all can tell yourselves this is a good idea all you want with all the caveats you want and whatever, but the fact is that for the vast majority of people reading this thread going to law school is an awful, no good, very bad decision. Most of them won't actually shadow or work for a lawyer and will convince themselves they want to be an attorney based off Law and Order re-runs or watching To Kill a Mockingbird or reading a Grisham novel. Then they'll tell themselves it is their dream to be a lawyer or whatnot but they won't want to study to take the LSAT a second time and end up with a marginal score and admitted with a 1/3 tuition scholly at some lower T1/upper T2 with terrible stips and they'll convince themselves they won't be in the bottom 66% and that they'll enjoy the practice of law even though the thought of having to get through another day of law school after they actually start will result in copious amounts of alcohol and adderol going into their systems... and then they'll end up unemployed and $150,000 in debt and suicidal.
I have seen it happen. Seriously. I have watched it happen to a friend and it breaks my heart.
So why don't y'all sit down and read this thread carefully and see what the 2Ls, 3Ls, and law professors are telling you instead of patting yourselves on the back for not having a bad effing attitude.
I don't disagree with most of this and think the majority of people going to law school these days are making poor decisions. However, when people without other good options are considering not attending LS despite $$ at a t6 school, it's clear that the pervasive negativity around here has gone too far. There will always be a need for *some* lawyers, and the ~800 people graduating from HYS every year won't quite cut it. It just so happens that the handful of hardcore pessimists here are far more vocal than anyone else, so we get get absurd (but justified based on the prevailing attitudes on TLS) questions like "should ANYONE go to law school ITE?"
There should be a pretty strong presumption against it being worth attending, even at a top school, even with money, for the average person. So many people still think being a lawyer is an impressive, prestigious thing, and are very reluctant to accept that it isn't worth it.
Many, if not most, people find law school to be a tedious, stressful, unnecessarily competitive grind. Many, if not most, of those people then graduate to find they won't have careers even approaching what they had hoped for and vaguely assumed would be available to them.
So just because someone has an option that is unlikely to ruin their life, that's only half the point. The other half is what's the upside? Law school under any circumstances is unlikely to .
And I'm speaking as a 3L who has had things break pretty well for me, only hated law school about 25% of the time, and is cautiously optimistic about my career. I got lucky, but I didn't know what I was getting into and if I had I probably would have made a different decision. The reality is I didn't want to know
what I was getting into because then I would have had to find something else to do with my life, which sounded a lot harder than just going to one of the pretty good law schools I got into.
So I, and a lot of other people who post here, are mainly trying to get people to consider the things that we failed to consider. Law school is full of people who never thought much about why they were going to go to law school; know why? Most of the people who ask themselves that question don't go.