GoLandcrabs wrote: Ferrisjso wrote: cavalier1138 wrote:
Ferrisjso wrote:Well in NY, running for office is alot more complicated because you basically have a three tiered government, the city council and elected citywide office actually mean something in NYC. City council seats require more votes than some congressional districts, and even becoming one of the top handful of candidates for one of these seats is a real challenge. It's a completely different political setup than just about anywhere in the country, also I wanted to start out running for congress or state senate which in NY would be impossible to do.
Wow. I had no idea how complex politics was. Thanks for opening my eyes to that. I never would have known any of that if I hadn't been awake for at least 2 hours of my high school government class.
If you want to run for office (Odin help us all), you should run for office. Going to law school isn't going to accelerate that process.
I need a job beforehand anyway, I'll also need a job if that doesn't work out. I don't have a wealthy family, running for office can't be my day job(and it is very probable I initially lose).
I hope you are aware that literally my first job in politics was paid. So I don't know why you say you can't get paid without a JD. Yeah I started as an intern, but in competitive districts (which you might need to be prepared to move to)
you get promoted very fast.
I don't know why you want to work in politics. Pay is trash, hours are trash, lots of the workers are in huge student debt. My boss worked BigLaw hours
for 10% of the pay and no benefits.
Also i don't know how, precisely, you plan on working on campaigns if you can't drive. I was in the car 90% of the time I was working.
Actually now that I think about how do you plan on running for office at all without a car? You have to move around the district!
This exactly. I got a paid campaign job at 20 while in school. I actually took off a semester of school to work full time. It was a great experience, but I worked 80+ hours a week (last few months closer to 100) with two days off the 8 months I worked. I was paid $33k salary. It is awful hours, and terrible pay. If yo really want to do it though, it is incredibly easy to advance. There are mid 20 year olds running entire states for presidential campaigns. You can be a campaign manager in local/state races at 30. You can be a chief of staff on the Hill by your late 20s or early 30s. Why would you ever pursue a JD to do campaign or political work? At most you need a bachelors.
As for actually running for office, there are really two distinct paths. One group of people in office have worked on campaigns their whole lives. They are involved locally with campaigns and issue areas they believe in, they hold meetings, organize events, and eventually are well known enough in their communities to get elected to local office (and sometimes move up to more prominence from there). The other group in office are people that are independently wealthy. These are the local business owners/leaders. They get enough wealth/power/connections that they fund a campaign and get elected. If you are a local business owner maybe you get elected to be a state senator. If you own Microsoft you can probably be President if you wanted to.
The point is, a JD doesn't make your goals easier. If you want to be a lawyer, do that. If you just want politics, either work in politics or do something like open a business. Being a local attorney will not help you along the way.