worldtraveler wrote:Why are you going to law school? Is there something you want to do in the non-profit world that you can't do already?
You will most likely be giving up 3 years of salary to make the same salary you were before law school, with even less chance of having a job.
It's not necessary to go to law school to do advocacy work, which is what I'm doing now, but I'd like to be more directly involved in policymaking/reform. I worked for a public policy organization in NYC right out of college, and while most of my peers didn't have law degrees, many of the management-level staff members did. I considered getting an MPA/MPP instead, but I really want to get into the nitty-gritty of the law. I feel good about my choice to pursue a law degree (and I've given it years of thought), I just don't know how to reconcile my career plan with my desire to stay in Oregon. I feel like my job options will be severely limited here no matter where I go to school, so I should probably choose a school that has a solid reputation throughout the west coast (if not nationally). Thanks for helping me think this through.