tyler21 wrote:Wow, this is eye-opening. Never would have guessed the legal profession was so limited.
It really is, and I can understand that it's a little jarring news at first. There is a massive glut of lawyers due to a contracting legal market and way too many law schools churning out graduates. It's not like medical school where the graduate pool is limited. And to make matters worse, the majority of legal jobs pay mid-5 figure salaries, yet law schools charge exorbitant rates for the degree.
Have you checked out Law School Transparency? If not, go there and take a look at the school reports. Outside of the elite schools, most law schools place only 50-70% of their graduates into full time, permanent, JD-required jobs 9-months after graduation. That means at least a third of the class can't even find gainful legal work, and has to resort to hourly gigs, non-legal work like business or teaching, or they go back to what they did before law school. At some schools, over half the class is in this boat. And of the people who do get jobs, many are low paying and/or grueling work, and make loan repayment a nightmare.
Becuaer of these risks, you should rarely, if ever, pay full price for law school. You should generally only go to an elite law school with some scholarship money, or to a strong local law school on a full ride. You also should understand that different law schools place people into very different jobs; an Oklahoma grad has a good shot to land a prosecution job in Oklahoma, but is exceedingly unlikely to pull down a federal court of appeals clerkship or a big firm job in NYC.
The long and short of all this is: bear these concerns (costs, goals, placement power, market connections) in mind when choosing a law school. And don't sell yourself short by refusing to retake.
Good luck, OP.