Tiger dad wrote:I know the last thing you want to read are posts from adults who read this forum because they have a son applying to law school. And I don't think I can possibly be as interesting as tax guy but after many months lurking and cheering silently for all of you, I felt a need to post on this thread.
Life, in my experience is random not linear. I grew up in a lower middle class family, attended a decent State University and a second tier Graduate School. I was unemployed/underemployed for periods during my 20s, changed jobs several times due to family issues and made some mistakes along the way including a failed first marriage. Noone on TLS would have approved of my choices and probably would have predicted that I was doomed to be mired in mediocrity.
I worked hard and had some luck but am never the smartest, best educated or best looking person in a room. Nontheless, I am an executive with a Fortune 200 company earning well over $1 million per year and have had a truly rewarding, fulfilling and enriching career. After 30 years I am still excited to go to work most days.
Even if you graduate from a 20-100 law school with some debt and don't get your dream big-law job right away, do what you love ( or at least like), be determined and resilient, try to find some balance and things will work out for you in the end.
I think this is an excellent piece of inspiration, and i'm glad you came out of the shadows to post
. But you have to give Patriot's argument some credit. When, in a year there are twice as many kids pursuing legal jobs as there are legal jobs, kids are going to be employed. When that happens 3-4 years in a row, you have kids who will simply never find legal jobs, somebody has to lose out. Graduates can't afford to go 3-4 years without pay, they're going to have to find a job in some other field, be it busting tables or selling insurance or whatever career they had before they went to law school.
Understand that once you've started working outside of the legal profession, it's very difficult to get back in unless you're gaining some skills highly pertinent to the area to reenter to. It's a painful truth, but it is the truth that many many kids will
be significantly worse off by attending law school no matter how hard they pursue their dreams. Again, I appreciate your anecdote, but you must surely realize that you're in such a vast minority, moving from underemployed/unemployed in your 20's to executive at a fortune company. I know men right now in their mid-40's who are about to lose their home, they've been unemployed for years now, desperately seeking anything they can do to work in a profession and have faced rejection after rejection. They probably heard the "things will work out" bit of advice when they were young, and are still grasping onto that as they move from their home of 10+ years to a motel.
Maybe things will work out for everyone on these forums, I certainly can't say they won't, but neither you nor me know. So removing any future guarantees from the picture, they have to look at the numbers and think "is it likely" or "is it unlikely", because that's all they have, and a lot of these kids fall in the "unlikely" category. That's where our advice comes from.