Aberzombie1892 wrote:Given your current salary (and hours and marketability), it would be pretty silly to give that up for a risky degree.
this. and I may typing to the wrong poster, but If you don't like the hours or the idea of big finance, what makes you think biglaw will not be the same??
So is the answer that it's not worth it now? I should've have made my opportunity cost more clear upfront...maybe the poll would have swung dramatically.
Here's what I do know:
1. I don't want to do my current job long-term, and I don't want to live in NYC long-term. That said, my salary and boss are great.
2. I could see myself living in Virginia; probably want to stay on the east coast either way, and not somewhere too cold.
3. I'm pretty certain I won't like biglaw, but I could do it a couple of years if necessary. I think I'd better enjoy working at a boutique law firm, just because it's smaller.
4. If I budgeted properly, I could probably graduate closer to $70-75k of debt.
5. I do believe that I would like a public interest career (legal aid, prosecution, advocacy, jag, though I understand these are very hard to get), and on that salary, while debt repayment would be tough, I believe I could do it in 10 years, and still have some savings for a downpayment on a house, etc.
6. I enjoy learning, and I've liked all the classes I've sit in on.
7. While in law school, I would take the opportunity to take a couple of accounting classes. Since I was finance / acct undergrad, a couple more classes would qualify me to take the CPA exam if I wanted to go back into accounting.
Here's what I think:
1. Worse case scenario, if I hate law or strike out completely with hiring, I think I could use my current work experience to come back into the business / accounting / financial world in a smaller market at a lower salary (this might be me being incredibly naive, especially since I've heard that a JD is not that portable into other fields).
2. I would enjoy attending UVA Law and living in Charlottesville for 3 years.
Any thoughts on above? You all have been incredibly helpful so far so I thank you for the commentary and advice you've given.