Why Are You Applying? Should We Be Honest?

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Why Are You Applying? Should We Be Honest?

Postby FirstTierToilet » Mon Jun 21, 2010 6:14 pm

I'm curious as to why you are all applying to law school. I have recently been analyzing the reasons for which students decide to attend graduate school, and law school in particular. Could you help me?

I have written about this on my blog (see my profile) and hope that I can supplement my understanding with your experiences.

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Re: Why Are You Applying? Should We Be Honest?

Postby kk19131 » Mon Jun 21, 2010 6:15 pm

Money.

And bitches.

8)

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Re: Why Are You Applying? Should We Be Honest?

Postby djjf39 » Mon Jun 21, 2010 6:17 pm

kk19131 wrote:Money.

And bitches.

8)


+1

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Re: Why Are You Applying? Should We Be Honest?

Postby FirstTierToilet » Mon Jun 21, 2010 6:20 pm

kk19131 wrote:Money.

And bitches.

8)


:evil:

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Re: Why Are You Applying? Should We Be Honest?

Postby romothesavior » Mon Jun 21, 2010 6:20 pm

Law is one of the most stable fields to enter right now. The demand for lawyers is really high and great starting salaries are practically a given.

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Re: Why Are You Applying? Should We Be Honest?

Postby miamiman » Mon Jun 21, 2010 6:26 pm

To get LS poon.

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Re: Why Are You Applying? Should We Be Honest?

Postby cinefile 17 » Mon Jun 21, 2010 6:28 pm

Honestly,

Uh, I want to be a lawyer. I loved my firm internship. The law related courses I've taken in undergrad have been my favorite classes so far and I love reading copyright/trademark related books such as "Inherent Vice" and "Free Culture". I believe I would want to go to law school even if I were guaranteed to only make $50000 a year for the rest of my life (albeit I'd go to a cheaper ls). I know no one can know for sure that a legal career is right for them until they are actually working a full time position.

I'm not trying to act all high and mighty or like I know it all, but what I don't understand is why despite the legal market being over saturated and reports that the majority of lawyers hate their job, people continue to go to law school for the wrong reasons. It's kind of my pet peeve. Whatever, I guess to each his/her own.

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Re: Why Are You Applying? Should We Be Honest?

Postby legal_eagle » Mon Jun 21, 2010 6:32 pm

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Re: Why Are You Applying? Should We Be Honest?

Postby rman1201 » Mon Jun 21, 2010 6:39 pm

romothesavior wrote:Law is one of the most stable fields to enter right now. The demand for lawyers is really high and great starting salaries are practically a given.


This. Don't forget how relatively cheap a good legal education has become.

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Re: Why Are You Applying? Should We Be Honest?

Postby bk1 » Mon Jun 21, 2010 6:40 pm

Locked N. Lawded's alt?

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Re: Why Are You Applying? Should We Be Honest?

Postby dominkay » Mon Jun 21, 2010 6:41 pm

rman1201 wrote:
romothesavior wrote:Law is one of the most stable fields to enter right now. The demand for lawyers is really high and great starting salaries are practically a given.


This. Don't forget how relatively cheap a good legal education has become.


And how high job satisfaction is among lawyers!

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Re: Why Are You Applying? Should We Be Honest?

Postby dominkay » Mon Jun 21, 2010 6:41 pm

rman1201 wrote:
romothesavior wrote:Law is one of the most stable fields to enter right now. The demand for lawyers is really high and great starting salaries are practically a given.


This. Don't forget how relatively cheap a good legal education has become.


And how high job satisfaction is among lawyers!

And for some reason I posted this twice!
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Re: Why Are You Applying? Should We Be Honest?

Postby romothesavior » Mon Jun 21, 2010 6:43 pm

Law school is also a place of rigorous intellectual discourse and personal growth. My parents have always told me that I am good at arguing, so I am sure I will do very well in law school. Upon completing my education, I look forward to the stimulating work that young biglaw associates engage in.

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Re: Why Are You Applying? Should We Be Honest?

Postby FirstTierToilet » Mon Jun 21, 2010 6:46 pm

bk1 wrote:Locked N. Lawded's alt?


No.

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Re: Why Are You Applying? Should We Be Honest?

Postby eandy » Mon Jun 21, 2010 6:49 pm

I have no real skills. Being a lawyer is the only option.
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Re: Why Are You Applying? Should We Be Honest?

Postby Thirteen » Mon Jun 21, 2010 6:50 pm

Money and lay prestige (being serious).

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Re: Why Are You Applying? Should We Be Honest?

Postby bk1 » Mon Jun 21, 2010 6:50 pm

FirstTierToilet wrote:No.


So just another person who thinks it is their god-given mission to inform us of things we already know?

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Re: Why Are You Applying? Should We Be Honest?

Postby gdh » Mon Jun 21, 2010 6:51 pm

To litigate.
To file class action suits.
To have the letters "JD/MBA" at the end of my name.

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Re: Why Are You Applying? Should We Be Honest?

Postby miamiman » Mon Jun 21, 2010 6:51 pm

for the record

ender wiggins = locked n lawded = firsttiertoilet

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Re: Why Are You Applying? Should We Be Honest?

Postby FirstTierToilet » Mon Jun 21, 2010 6:52 pm

bk1 wrote:
FirstTierToilet wrote:No.


So just another person who thinks it is their god-given mission to inform us of things we already know?


No. Here it is you who is informing me.

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Re: Why Are You Applying? Should We Be Honest?

Postby romothesavior » Mon Jun 21, 2010 6:53 pm

miamiman wrote:for the record

ender wiggins = locked n lawded = firsttiertoilet


I can see maybe FTT and LNL, but ender wiggins? Why do you say that?

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Re: Why Are You Applying? Should We Be Honest?

Postby traehekat » Mon Jun 21, 2010 6:54 pm

miamiman wrote:for the record

ender wiggins = locked n lawded = firsttiertoilet


Man I KNEW ender wiggins was locked n lawded. Was this confirmed?

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Re: Why Are You Applying? Should We Be Honest?

Postby FirstTierToilet » Mon Jun 21, 2010 6:56 pm

miamiman wrote:for the record

ender wiggins = locked n lawded = firsttiertoilet


For the record, I am not either one.

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Re: Why Are You Applying? Should We Be Honest?

Postby rman1201 » Mon Jun 21, 2010 7:08 pm

OP: Never having to do these again
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Re: Why Are You Applying? Should We Be Honest?

Postby LogicalBaozi » Mon Jun 21, 2010 7:09 pm

Because I want to learn to think like a lawyer, and feel the skills and education one receives in a law school will enable me to accomplish my goals in life.

Other advantages: it takes 3 years as opposed to six for an econ PhD, and there are more options outside of academia. In econ, I'd basically be busting my butt for 30 years to get a tenured position, and have virtually no influence on the real world unless I became a Sachs or Krugman.

With law, on the other hand, I can make an impact. Small, measureable, and incremental at best, but at least I could see the outcome of my work, and make a contribution to those causes I wish to serve. Won't be rich though :(




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