Hey thank you for all the advice. it was extremely helpful. I think a law carear would be good for me, because its involves a lot of the things I like to do (such as write and think).
I was also thinking of Finance. But after I learnt about that, I realized that finance involves a lot of personality and dealing with people. It depends a lot on connections, which I have difficulty develoing. And at this point, breaking into finance is very hard, but its easy to break into law as long as you have good grades. Business is very personality-driven, and I think that someone who gets nervous in public would have a difficult time. By contrast, such a person would be better off in law.
Of course, I could be wrong. I' going to look at some free law-related coruses in EdX, etc. to check out. I'll send out my applications this cycle. Again, thanks a lot!
Thanks a lot for this advice. I too think that corporate law, M&A, and restructuring/finance is very interesting. I was looking at wachtell--not because I think I'd be able to get a job their, but becasue I wanted to read about the sort of work M&A does at the highest levels. I read some of the cases available online
I also have read supreme court cases (all are online), to see if I would be happy with reading such stuff all day long. So far, it does intereste me. Of course, actual law is much more boring, but I think that if such stuff intereste me, I would find law a worthy endeavor as well.
OP, you should decide to go to law school based on something more concrete than having found some Supreme Court cases interesting. Law tends to be very interesting: That's why it's in the news so often. But having fun thinking about the law is different from actually practicing law. Only go to law school if you want to become a practicing attorney (or have some other specific-to-you defensible plan that justifies the out-of-pocket and opportunity costs).
So, yes, cool that you're checking out law firm websites and reading court decisions. But try talking to some actual attorneys about the day-to-day of their careers. Read the threads on here about 'my actual day.' Do other things that acquaint you with the realities of what living out a career as a lawyer would be like.
Please don't just approach going to law school as an alternative to finance. If you're going to law school, be very intentional about it. Go because you want to be a lawyer. There are too many non-law school, non-finance options out there for you to feel constrained to these options.
Yes, you're right: some lawyers do a ton of reading and writing. But it all happens in a specific work context. It's not people just sitting around contemplating what the law should be. This is a service profession. Associates work for higher level associates and partners. All lawyers work for their clients. The work is driven by the clients' interests.
And getting a job or getting a client is very personality and connections driven. It's not just good grades and *zam* job. People work their networks to land interviews. If they don't have networks, they build them. And then you have to maintain your network, a never-ending task. During the interview, interviewers are looking for fit. Are you somebody they want to spend billing 2000 hours with each year? That's all about personality.
I'm not suggesting that you don't go to law school. But please just get informed first. It sounds like you want to do that, so my recommendation is to focus on doing it in a way that tells you whether you'll actually be happy dedicating three years of your life to law school and then an unknown but likely substantial number of years of your life to practicing law. Think hard about that before you get extremely invested in this process because then it's harder to pull back. I know it's tempting to not "waste" your great LSAT score, but if you don't think you're going to be happy going to work every day as a lawyer, don't go to law school.
Thanks a lot for this post.
For a long while I wanted to be a doctor, in fact. I got a very good MCAT score--on par with my LSAT score percentile. Trouble is, I can't get into medical school because of my low GPA in biology courses.
Thing is: I don't like biology. So even if I could get into medical school, I wouldn't like it.
But here's the other thing: If I had majored in something else, and had just taken the medical school pre-req's, I would've been a doctor by now.
But if I ask people on the forum here about being a lawyer, basically 100% of them hate it.
My thinking, I will say is this:
Here I am, getting older all the time, wasting my mind. Certainly, it would not be too arrogant to say that I can do better than what I am doing now: a low-level lab technician. I have published papers. But no matter: Without a PhD, I cannot get any good job. I have tried. And I also basically hate the work. Of course, science is cool, necessary, etc. but its not for me
My max earning now is 30-40K.
I have a lot of savings, plus with my parents I'd have no debt--even with minimal aid.
Here is what I am thinking: I'd go to a law school, and work in BigLaw for a few years. Then I will buy small busiensses (restruants, cafes, etc). I have experience in this area.
I just don't see any alternative here. I am good enough dealing w/ people to get various LSAT/MCAT tutoring jobs, and to get lab jobs and get my name on papers.
I just want to get out of my life. I work so hard now. I work in a lab, and then I work as a tutor, and also as a Uber drive. I basically work 12 hours a day and I am not getting anywhere.