PLATONiC wrote:chicagolaw2013 wrote:PLATONiC wrote:After lurking on TLS and JDU for some time, I've been getting seconds thoughts (every once in a while, of course, because I really wanna go to UVA) about going to Law School.
If I stay in my home country as I am now, I'll be able to net about $45,000/year after taxes; this is a conservative assessment. The per capita income for South Korea is around $25,000ish, whereas in the United States, it's at about $45,000ish. So making about $45,000 a year after taxes (paying minimal taxes and practicing severe tax evasion... so much easier to pull off in this country) is actually a pretty decent living. What's more is that I already have a house inherited from my parents, and have a fully functional car. I'll actually be able to save up about $35,000 to $40,000 a year if I live the way I do right now.
The only problem is that I dislike what I'm doing, because it is definitely not challenging. A little "mind-numbing" as well; I've been hired by the government to lead a public interest English learning program, and have gathered a significant "book of business," for the lack of a better term, for tutoring ($32+/hour). The one thing that I do appreciate about this job is the stability of having a government job, and the promise of having a readily accessible stream of clients to tutor.
If what I really want is to have a stimulating and yet a safe job, would I be better off going to law school? Or should I try to discover the "stimulating aspects" of my current job by saving up and trying to make it as some kind of real estate investor in the long run???
Good luck with the LSAT and all, and I really think you'll have the numbers to get into a great school if you decide to go, but the bolded stopped me in my tracks. Teachers in SK are paid SO WELL, given what you've posted about the per capita average...can you tell our country to hurry the hell up and do the same please? I made more than my sister at my first sales job after college than she made in her 10th year of teaching...just appalling.
Teachers are NOT paid well in South Korea. I am in an exceptional position that I was able to obtain by pulling some strings as well. I generate most of my money from private tutoring; the city-wide English program that I lead has been a bottomless source of clients for me. Everyone is mesmerized by my supposed "competence."
My income likens that have a solo practice for a lawyer; I sell my services to people and the official job that I have functions as a marketing device (just like how solo practitioners join various associations to market their practices to potential clients).
Teachers are usually paid about $12,000-$20,000 a year in South Korea. I've demonstrated very high competence in a relatively "technical" subject, and I cater to those who aren't interested in improving their academic career, but to improve upon the soft-skills (English happens to be one of them) required by the presumably "global" society that we live in.
Jumped to conclusions...sorry. But man, if that were true, that would be WILD.