Ferrisjso wrote:I'm trying to escape my entire environment, not just my family, to much drama. Don't dislike my family or friends, just think it might be in my best interest to leave and never come back. Again them paying for my education is far from a definite thing which is why i didn't bring it up. As far as answering your four questions here are my answers, forgot about them, had a pretty eventful last few days.
1.What job do you want? I'm not sure, I'm a OL, don't think I need to have a definitive answer yet. Have several things I'm interested in potentially doing. Tax law, a clerkship and HealthCare Law are the three options in the lead right now. Afterwards I want a career in politics but if that doesn't work out I want to be in a field of the law I enjoy.
2. What is the COA at each school? Already answered this(I rounded up though)
3. Where do you want to work? Connecticut, Virginia or New York. Wanted to work in Nashville but Vanderbilt isn't going to happen for me.
4. What's your fallback option if you can't be a lawyer after graduating-I think this is a rather fringe possibility but I'd work doing something else until my debts were paid and then enter politics.
You can't go to law school to escape "drama". That's not how life works. But to address your answers:
1. I'm a little concerned that your ultimate goal is a career in politics. You haven't mentioned this before, and I think it's because you're well aware that a JD is a waste of time if you want to run for elected office. You also shouldn't be listing "clerkship" as a job goal, because that's a one or two-year job that is used to build up credibility, not a full-time career. And what kind of practice do you see yourself having? Private? Government? NGO? Solo? Big firm? Small firm? Even without nailing down any specifics about a career, you should at least have a general idea of where you want to end up (and your general idea should not include Congress).
3. You can't just name the regions you got into as places you want to work. Connecticut, New York, and Virginia are radically different places. Where do you actually want
to work? Not, "Where do you want to work given your perceived options at this very early stage of your life?"
4. This is not a "fringe possibility" from any of the schools you're looking at. You need to be fully prepared for this possibility, and you need to have a debt repayment plan in place for both a legal and non-legal career from any of these schools. That plan cannot be "something else and then politics". That's not a backup plan; that's you willfully ignoring the possibility that your future will not turn out exactly the way you envision it.