stingray wrote: vanwinkle wrote:
stingray wrote:This is why nobody heeds the warnings, everything is hyperbole.
Here's the core of the problem, in this errant sentence.
Nobody heeds the warnings because they mistake
legit warnings for hyperbole. Hyperbole refers to exaggeration beyond the truth. A lot of warnings are harsh and dire, but they're still accurate
. People instinctively want to dismiss extreme-sounding warnings and seek more reassuring responses, but that's a huge mistake when things actually are extreme. They tune out the truth because it sounds so terrible they can't imagine it being true.
It's not hyperbole; things just actually are that bad.
I know it's bad out there. I was making reference to the statement that only 5% of lawyers make $50-100k. They admitted that it isn't true, but said that it was still ok to say it because it makes the point that you either make 160k or peanuts.
You DO make either 160k or peanuts. My 5% stat was about entry level positions at that amount, and given that those middle of the road jobs are HIGHLY geographic, at GW it's probably not far off from 5% making a reasonable midlaw salary. Move the bottom end up to 60k if it makes you feel better. It's not about how may lawyers are making 50k-100k, it's about how many ENTRY LEVEL positions there are at that level for GW grads. Not many. The point is, GW at sticker is a terrible investment. You sound like the typical 0L who came on here to be convinced it WASN'T and like vanwinkle said, would rather paint the extreme market situation as hyperbole.
I don't care if you think I'm rude or even wrong or even the biggest douche in the universe, because like I said--reality will be harsh enough on most of the people who take GW at sticker as it is.
And yea, obviously 60k for cost of living is marginal when tuition alone is over 120k at GW. Law schools like GW are selling a shitty project. They make their living off of convincing people to gamble their future on the hope that THEY will be the one to buck the trend.
It's common to think if you strike out OCI it's easy to get a midlaw job paying 50k-100k. The point is, it's even harder than biglaw. That's all I was trying to say. take it or leave it - not my problem.
Also, you probably haven't looked at a debt calculator. You are looking at 1.5k-2k a MONTH payments on your loans for 10 years. Try doing that when you make 50k. That is close to half your monthly salary. Don't like the picture I'm painting? Be smart and don't go.