daryldixon wrote:This is the worst thread ever. It is pointless to try to argue with fools. We have two types of people in this thread. Those that have gone to law school, taken out debt, and experienced the job market for themselves and those who have not. Honestly, unless you go through it yourself you are never going to believe everyone else. So I say go. Get into debt and let the job market and the law school curve beat the "special snowflake syndrome" out of you. That is what happened to me and I am much better off for it.
I think you are missing the point. It isn't about denying that big law sucks. It is about the suggestion that big law isn't necessarily worse than other "similar" (in terms of prestige, money, and education I suppose) professions. For whatever reason people in big law take offense to this notion, I guess because they feel under attack (but I do see their complaints as legitimate). I would suggest that it is those people who have the special snowflake syndrome if they are unwilling to consider that other professions are similarly shit. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2 ... ssion.html
I don't know about other professions, so I can't address them. I would point out some major flaws in assuming they are the same:
The bimodal salary distribution - either very high or pretty much you are making around $50,000 or less. Or you never even get to practice law.
The lack of job mobility if you don't get biglaw from school, it is difficult to work your way in
Many people make their highest salaries in the beginning of their careers
The lack of PI hiring due lack of funding, which forecloses a back up option.
The fundamental shift in biglaw post-crash: revenue basically flat and not predicted to improve much. The shift in client's willingness to pay.
Law requires an additional 3 years of education and a huge amount of tuition, whether you borrow the money or not. And then you need to pass the bar.
You don't leave law school with the skill to practice law without additional training.
Hiring is fickle. Grades and stats don't guarantee anything, unlike getting accepted to law school. The best you can do is hedge your bets.
Law is incredibly oversaturated. The competition for jobs is intense.
Edit to add: the forced curve meaning there will only be a handful of A grades.(Do other professions have this?)
I'm sure there are more but these are characteristics of law as it is now.