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dearlydevoteddexter
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Alternatives to LS

Postby dearlydevoteddexter » Tue May 04, 2010 3:52 pm

Hello fellow TLSers. I've been a follower on this site, but never posted before. I choose to post now because I was looking into alternatives to LS. I always thought, oh I'll get into a really great school, do well, and come out with a great job offer. Well reality doesn't work that way. LSAT score sucks, I couldn't get it above 150 (and I have taken it multiple times) I did get into a few schools, but most were TTT or TTTT and no scholly money. I really didn't see the point going to a school a sticker, being 150,000 or more in debt with very limited job prosects. So I have been looking in alternatives to law school. I do want to further my education and I thought about going into teaching, but I am not really sure if that's what I truly want. Both my parents were teachers. My mom is retiring this June and looked at me like what you want to be a teacher, why. Kinda almost like I am disappointing her going into the same profession she is in. She's not the only person that has given me that look and I am just like seriously all of you had teachers that somehow inspired you. Actually two history/civics teachers at my hs were the ones that got me interested in government and law.

Given the type of work experience I have had, all administrative in nature, one other possibility I was looking at was going back for a Human Resource Mangement degree. I had actually looked into it a year ago before I decided to apply to law school. It has always somewhat interested me, esp at the last company I worked for, the way the office was run - I think monkeys could have done a better job. But I didn't know if going back for that type of degree would be an asset or end up being a waste of time/money like my MA in Poli Sci has been. Oh you have an MA you must be smart, but it doesn't really get you jobs.

I just wanted to get some input on btw the two which would give me a little more mobility if I wanted to eventually move out of my area. I don't expect to be making 60,000 - 70,000 but I don't want to be making 17,000 for the rest of my life either. I know teachers don't get paid much and they should be paid a hell of a lot more for the job they do. I don't know how much HRs make, sites vary widely on that. Anyways any input would be greatly apperciated.

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Doritos
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Re: Alternatives to LS

Postby Doritos » Tue May 04, 2010 4:19 pm

First off, congrats on doing your research and making an informed decision. Plenty of people decide to just go anywhere for any price and end up very unhappy with the legal field. As far as teaching goes I got some friends who are doing it and it seems to vary. I went to school in a decent suburb and the teachers here are decently compensated. Keep in mind it's for 9 months of work. I know some new teachers who wait tables and such over the summer to offset the disparity. It also really depends on what subject you are teaching. If you are a social studies teacher looking for a high school job...good luck. And I guarantee you aren't going to be paid a heck of a lot starting off. On the other hand my teacher friends say math/science teachers can get jobs pretty easily and are definitely paid more. What are you interested in teaching? I know some people overseas teaching english in Korea and while you won't get rich off of it you get your housing paid for and around the equivalent of $2k American dollars per month to play with. I also know a couple teaching in Japan with a similar gig. No experience necessary just need a college degree.

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Re: Alternatives to LS

Postby CanadianWolf » Tue May 04, 2010 4:26 pm

In the real world, a relevant master's degree can get you employment & promotions. In government work, one's highest degree of education can determine an employee's pay grade.

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Re: Alternatives to LS

Postby dearlydevoteddexter » Tue May 04, 2010 4:31 pm

Doritos wrote:First off, congrats on doing your research and making an informed decision. Plenty of people decide to just go anywhere for any price and end up very unhappy with the legal field. As far as teaching goes I got some friends who are doing it and it seems to vary. I went to school in a decent suburb and the teachers here are decently compensated. Keep in mind it's for 9 months of work. I know some new teachers who wait tables and such over the summer to offset the disparity. It also really depends on what subject you are teaching. If you are a social studies teacher looking for a high school job...good luck. And I guarantee you aren't going to be paid a heck of a lot starting off. On the other hand my teacher friends say math/science teachers can get jobs pretty easily and are definitely paid more. What are you interested in teaching? I know some people overseas teaching english in Korea and while you won't get rich off of it you get your housing paid for and around the equivalent of $2k American dollars per month to play with. I also know a couple teaching in Japan with a similar gig. No experience necessary just need a college degree.



Funny you should mention high school social studies because that was exactly what I was looking at. I don't have much science or math background. The last math class I took was almost 9 yrs ago. I have a few friends that teach in Korea, a couple in China and actually my best friend is currently looking into that as well. I honestly have no desire to do that. I'd love to visit those places but not live there. I do know that you are only paid for 9 mos, or some places you can have it stretched out for the whole year like my mom did. She is still going to sub after she retires.

As for the HR, do you think it would be more beneficial to go that route, esp with a lot of administrative skills I already have, to gain more experience and develop that into a worthwhile career. I haven't been able to find much on the career statistics for HRs if they are suffereing the same in this economy as so many other jobs (and teachers are being laid off too - the Ed Secretary said anywhere from 100,000 to 300,000 could be laid off by the end of the school yr)

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Re: Alternatives to LS

Postby Renzo » Tue May 04, 2010 4:33 pm

HR is actually a really good choice. Better than law school in most cases, I'd say. If anyone asked me what to go to school for if they wanted a good, secure, and potentially lucrative job, HR manager (and compensation specialist more specifically) and actuary would be two of my top suggestions.

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Re: Alternatives to LS

Postby dearlydevoteddexter » Tue May 04, 2010 4:33 pm

CanadianWolf wrote:In the real world, a relevant master's degree can get you employment & promotions. In government work, one's highest degree of education can determine an employee's pay grade.



I actually have applied to several government jobs over the last 2 yrs, but so far nothing. I actually went and looked on usajobs today and there are 4 different series for HR and over 106 openings, that's partly why I went back at looking at an HR degree. Kinda wish I would have went ahead and started it a year ago when I first looked into it instead of applying to law schools.




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