Reading Suggestions - Is Law School Right for Me?

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Reading Suggestions - Is Law School Right for Me?

Postby T-Account » Fri Aug 05, 2011 7:27 pm

Title really says it all. I've tried the search option. Essentially, I'm trying to convince myself not to go to law school or to go after it with 100% if I'm going to do it. The problem is I'm not sure I'd like the school part (although I've enjoyed school in the past) and I'm still researching the likelihood of getting a job in BigLaw (which is where I've established I need/want to be). Are there any books around that I should be reading about law school? I'm thinking more what law school is really like as opposed to is law school worth it.

I've read a bunch of articles about the cost/benefit of going to law school and it's not encouraging. Nevertheless, Im still thinking about when I'm going to start studying for the LSAT so clearly these articles have not destroyed my want of a JD. So I need to stop flip-flopping and either get in the habit of studying before I start working full-time or find something better to do with my life. Please help.

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Re: Reading Suggestions - Is Law School Right for Me?

Postby chem » Fri Aug 05, 2011 7:33 pm

T-Account wrote:Title really says it all. I've tried the search option. Essentially, I'm trying to convince myself not to go to law school or to go after it with 100% if I'm going to do it. The problem is I'm not sure I'd like the school part (although I've enjoyed school in the past) and I'm still researching the likelihood of getting a job in BigLaw (which is where I've established I need/want to be). Are there any books around that I should be reading about law school? I'm thinking more what law school is really like as opposed to is law school worth it.

I've read a bunch of articles about the cost/benefit of going to law school and it's not encouraging. Nevertheless, Im still thinking about when I'm going to start studying for the LSAT so clearly these articles have not destroyed my want of a JD. So I need to stop flip-flopping and either get in the habit of studying before I start working full-time or find something better to do with my life. Please help.


Don't bother reading a book about law school. You aren't going to law school to go to law school, you are going to law school to be a lawyer. Shadow some lawyers if you can, and talk to them about what theyre life. See what they do day to day. Thing is, most people who go to law school have a romanticized idea about what being a lawyer is like

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Re: Reading Suggestions - Is Law School Right for Me?

Postby firemed » Fri Aug 05, 2011 7:33 pm

T-Account wrote:Title really says it all. I've tried the search option. Essentially, I'm trying to convince myself not to go to law school or to go after it with 100% if I'm going to do it. The problem is I'm not sure I'd like the school part (although I've enjoyed school in the past) and I'm still researching the likelihood of getting a job in BigLaw (which is where I've established I need/want to be). Are there any books around that I should be reading about law school? I'm thinking more what law school is really like as opposed to is law school worth it.

I've read a bunch of articles about the cost/benefit of going to law school and it's not encouraging. Nevertheless, Im still thinking about when I'm going to start studying for the LSAT so clearly these articles have not destroyed my want of a JD. So I need to stop flip-flopping and either get in the habit of studying before I start working full-time or find something better to do with my life. Please help.


Work or intern for a lawyer, or read lawyer blogs?

Talk to friends who are lawyers?

I did these three things before deciding, and decided it fit for me.

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Re: Reading Suggestions - Is Law School Right for Me?

Postby scammedhard » Fri Aug 05, 2011 7:39 pm

Get a job in the legal field to get a first-hand, unbiased experience.

TLS is one the most "pro" law school sites; go to the "anti" law school sites like JD Underground and the Scamblogs to hear the other side of the story.

Good luck.

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Re: Reading Suggestions - Is Law School Right for Me?

Postby T-Account » Fri Aug 05, 2011 7:54 pm

Thank you for the suggestions. I've just gotten a master's degree and I start working full-time very soon. The line of work I'm in should probably get me some exposure to lawyers/the law so hopefully that will help. I'll also check out some of the other sites you've suggested. I guess I never realized that law school is really a means to an end. I mean I knew that, but kind of imagined it similar to my accounting schooling - like a trade school, but there was still room "to find yourself" and enjoy the actual school part. Does no one enjoy law school?

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Re: Reading Suggestions - Is Law School Right for Me?

Postby ahduth » Fri Aug 05, 2011 8:19 pm

Here's some good reading:

http://abovethelaw.com/

edit: Also, I'll vigorously protest the idea that you can't "find yourself" through accounting. The tranquility waiting within the vastness of the general ledger... enlightenment and peace balanced like debits and credits.

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Re: Reading Suggestions - Is Law School Right for Me?

Postby firemed » Sat Aug 06, 2011 12:59 am

ahduth wrote:Here's some good reading:

http://abovethelaw.com/

edit: Also, I'll vigorously protest the idea that you can't "find yourself" through accounting. The tranquility waiting within the vastness of the general ledger... enlightenment and peace balanced like debits and credits.


I enjoy your obvious love for your dorky side.




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