dutchstriker wrote:What is everyone's obsession with money? The whole concept of this thread is stupid. The answer is -- shocker -- not everyone is motivated by money.
I bet I'll be making under $60k for ten years after graduating from HLS. I'm sure I could make that without going to law school. But I want to be a lawyer. The people who work in admissions offices want to be there. Money is not the overriding factor, as hard as that may be to believe for some of you.
This makes no sense as an answer, my question doesn't revolve around money - money is just one factor. In fact, in my question I also ask do they make a lot of money as I have no idea if they do or not. I was trying to find the motivation for them doing it, not attacking them. I have never heard of anyone before this question say they want to be an admissions dean after law school, thus the question. In my mind anyone who would say that would most likely just decide to be an admissions dean to an UG college. Same basic pay, hours, and power less the 3 years lost and 100,000+ debt. I also don't question people going into PI work.
Has everyone that says wonderful QOL read about them reading applications until 2 am or staying outside their kid’s soccer games reading applications instead of watching the game? Not much different than a lawyers work. This doesn't even include the travelling away from families to UG's to sell the school, which is done during the slow times. I am not saying it is a horrible QOL at all, but I doubt the QOL alone would take lawyers away from being lawyers. Maybe they can still practice or research while working?
I still don't know why people would do it, but I also don't think, as someone else has implied, that they failed at anything. I think it is a choice they make for certain reasons and motivations, that I am still unaware of.