A. Nony Mouse wrote: pleasesendhelp wrote: A. Nony Mouse wrote: pleasesendhelp wrote:
A. Nony Mouse wrote:Yeah, if you want to be a prof (in literature), go get your PhD and forget law. This is a weird and terrible plan and it's probably not going to help you in academia.
Don't see how it's weird. I don't want to be poor while I get my PhD and I'm in no rush to get it. I have the opportunity to make money as a lawyer, so what's all the fuss about? Can I only lateral to consulting or IB? Do I have to limit myself to what's typical of other lawyers/lawyer dropouts? I'm planning to get a PhD after like twenty years if I even last that long at a firm. What's wrong with having dreams..
You don't have any idea what you're going to want to do in 20 years. Also if you want to get a PhD in 20 years, there's nothing about that decision that has anything to do with your decision now, so there's no reason to mention it. You're right that you can do whatever you like, but the PhD thing doesn't have anything to do with what you're choosing to do now.
You're right, there's no reason to mention it in the choosing a law school thread. Just thought this was a community where I could share a bit. It's not like I asked how I should go about becoming a professor. Just wanted to share with you guys since you've all been so much help during this whole process. But I guess my end game is a stupid ass one.
I think the problem was that by mentioning it in this thread, people believed you saw some kind of connection between working as a lawyer and getting a PhD in literature. I get that you didn't mean that, but that was the conclusion I jumped to, and I think other people did, too, since as it stands, that goal doesn't have any relevance to what school you should choose.
(Completely apart from going to law school, however, getting a PhD in literature with the hopes of working as a professor is just a bad idea these days. Personal enrichment if you can afford it? Sure. But the market for literature PhDs is absolutely, completely abysmal - even in community colleges. And unconventional candidates (i.e. people changing careers after 25 years) have an even harder time these days. But who knows? Maybe in 25 years all the problems with higher ed will have been reversed. A girl can dream.)
Re: schools - since you have the free ride to Emory and want to be in Atlanta, I would strongly vote go to Emory. They will place much better in Atlanta than UT and you will have more flexibility if you're not worried about paying off debt.
Thanks for the breakdown. I can see why people thought it ridonkulous the way I presented it. Definitely should have been more clear on my part. What a shit storm it created.
So to all who rode this roller coaster with me, I apologize for the opacity of my words (looking at you cavalier) and hope there is no ill will.
My main reluctance, despite the generous scholly, is that I predict that UT will keep rising, and by the time I graduate, the employment numbers will improve. Same could be said of Emory. I guess that 6-7% difference really makes a big difference to me. Even though Im not BigLaw or bust, BigLaw is my goal. I'll have to see after UT ASD at the end of this month and Emory ASD at the beginning of next. Im still in the running for NYU, HLS, and UVA, but im not so foolish as to pay sticker. Or am I? Tune in next time.
Anyways, Thank you all for the engaging conversation. I learned quite a lot (could have done without some of the condescension though).
Good Night to all, and to all a Good Night!