BiglawAssociate wrote:jbagelboy wrote:I'm all about the debt reduction, but I'm actually comfortable with both Harvard and Michigan at these prices. If you don't think $20k/year at Harvard or $40k/year at a lower T14 are fair investments, you're basically saying no one should be in law school.
It's only a "fair investment" if you know you will enjoy practicing and you will do it for the long term; these will not be true for most people.
The best thing I got out of pursuing law was meeting my spouse (not going to lie). My coworkers and I discuss on a daily basis about what we should do next with our lives or what kind of careers we could have had besides law (we weren't liberal arts majors so we did have jobs or could have had jobs).
And I think half of us will take the plunge to get out of law in the next few years - the work is boring; the hours are terrible; and the pay is not great in comparison to business/finance. Plus, there are a lot of d-bags in biglaw.
You probably don't get what I mean because you're still in law school. I loved law school - it was easy. I graduated magna from a T-14 and barely did any work. Biglaw is awful and there are days/weeks where I literally question my existence and meaning of life. I'm not alone - most of us do. And frankly, we're only here for the supposed good pay. When you realize the pay is crap in comparison to other stuff you could be doing, and that the road only gets worse with more responsibility, why continue doing it? Plus, there's also no middle ground in law. Even public interest attorneys work longer than 40 hour work weeks, except for crap pay.
Frankly, even if you "win" in law school, you likely still lose.
I think you should pick Harvard unless another top school gives you a full ride. Also want to throw out there that not everyone hates working for a big law firm! I'm sure BiglawAssociate has his reasons, but I really like it.