rdcws000 wrote:The first flaw in all the doomsday stuff is that it assumes the legal profession is unique. The economy is horrible and any job is hard to get. Even the top 3 growing industries since 2006 (Government, Education, and Health Care) are very tough to break into right now, with the possible exception of skilled nurses.
I know firsthand from many teachers and recent graduates that a public school job is very tough to find right now because of the influx of professionals from other failing industries falling back on teaching.
The long and short of it is that we are in a world of crap. Everyone, not just law students. I predict the crap will go on fro some time, but it will improve eventually. Should we all stop living, eat cheetos, and watch Law and Order until then?
The second flaw in all the doomsday talk, is that it assumes all potential law students are investors, speculating on a massive ROI within 5 years. I know there are some who want to go to law school only because they want to be rich, and they should seriously examine themselves right now, but many approach law school for different reasons.
Some have decent careers now and believe they can attend law school PT and cut the usual debt in half simply by working. These people also are thinking realistically about <100k per year jobs, or even <60k per year jobs when they graduate. Some actually want to be lawyers!!!
I think everyone should give it some thought, but the idea that lawyers are the only ones suffering through paltry employment prospects is just not very well supported.
This is true, which is why applicants also need to consider their alternatives (what are they? If they don't have any, that's not necessarily a great reason to apply, although I'm not sure people who go to law school because they didn't have anything else to do hate it comparatively more than everyone else); do research on their chosen career path (their "different reasons" - are they feasible? International space-genocide law is just as unlikely from American as it ever was; if your ambition is to be a public interest lawyer in any capacity, sure, don't worry as someone who will only be happy with V5, but few people have such a generalized goal); and ask people what being a lawyer is actually like (if you associate Boston Legal with the actual practice of law in any way, do not attend law school).