francescalegge wrote:Rigo wrote:Law school is a professional school. You wouldn't go to culinary school if you didn't want to be a chef or beauty school if you didn't want to do makeup and hair.
Without goals that require a JD, going to law school is just a waste of time and money.
I would have agreed with you ten years ago. Now I think there are more and more positions, particularly in the field I'm looking at, for which a law degree is highly useful and also considered a distinct advantage.
I normally hate Zombie, but I kinda hate you more right now because I agree with him.
It's not that law school only trains you to be a lawyer and nothing else; it doesn't even do that. A JD is a glorified hoop to jump through (except instead of jumping you toss through loads of money and 3 years of your life). There is interesting material in many law school classes, but rarely enough to make you an 'expert' or even 'practice ready' on any particular area, because they teach theory and high ideas as opposed to the practical day-to-day stuff that you'll be doing if you go into law.
The benefit of the JD comes more from its brand than the content of the courses. Moreover, the brand recognition doesn't factor well outside of the legal hiring market - so you're defeating the point of the ONE good thing about a JD when you shop for a job outside of law firms/BigFed/etc.
In short, JD = huge cost in time and money, with little educational gain and very little value to non-lawyers. The idea that 'you can do anything with a JD' is so goddamn tired and wrong it makes my teeth hurt. The anger comes from the fact that if you'd done the bare modicum of research you'd have found a consensus in agreement on this listing all these reasons and more.