pacers3177 wrote:tlshark wrote:I am trying to understand just when law school is a bad idea.
Law school is a bad idea when:
1) You are taking out six-figure debt for a non T14 school (~ we could stretch that to T17/18 really).
2) You don't have a plan or a backup plan for how to use your J.D.
3) You haven't thoroughly researched the legal field, have no experience, go to a lower ranked school with no connections
4) Overpay to go to a lower ranked school in an over-saturated market (Touro, Syracuse, and Pace for NY for example)
5) Go to a diploma mill (Cooley, Barry, TJ)
6) Go to law school in Wisconsin or Minnesota (way too many lawyers for their markets. Governor of Wisconsin even issued a statement saying Wisconsin doesn't need any more lawyers. Wouldn't actually be surprised if he is LAWSCHOOLREALITY)
7) Applying to a regional law school when you're not from the region and have no ties to it (this applies to the much smaller markets who have schools in the T100. Some people rely on rankings way too much and will apply to say New Mexico, Mizzou, or Utah because their numbers meet their medians. Law schools like these are much more hesitant to admit students not from the area because they know they will most likely try to leave once they graduate. Even if you try to stay, if you aren't from the area employers will be hesitant to hire you. This is very applicable to South Carolina.)
Relying on a scholarship at a school known for section-stacking
9) Relying mainly on law school rankings. After the T20 or so, it really is regional so just go to the best school in the region you want to work in/gives you the best deal
10) Going to an unaccredited school
11) YOU DON"T WANT TO BE A LAWYER/THINK IT WILL GET YOU A NON-JD JOB (if you want to go into business, go to business school or get some experience)
I didn't want to try and draw up hard and fast rules, but I actually think this is a pretty solid list. If you fall into any of these categories, DANGER WILL ROBINSON.