nontrad2014 wrote:Keep in mind this is my opinion and we all have different strategies and approaches. I prefer attending part-time so I can spend time with my family and also flip houses. I anticipate making less money as an attorney, should I choose to practice, than I do now, but I am ok with that. I also don't want big firm (not a rat race guy anymore), but rather public service. If I wanted biglaw I would have to spend 6+ months studying and retake the LSAT, postpone school, and reapply next cycle. Because of the drastic (about 50%) reduction in law school applicants since 2010 many schools have started correcting for that. With my low scores I am still able to attend a T-2 (hail mary) T3 or T4 in the fall. That may not be the case in a year or two as I suspect schools will cut class sizes. However, simply know you can attend law school and won't have to attend a for profit school (to each their own).
You want public service but you're also going to leave the US? Why are you getting a degree that allows you, in theory, to practice US law? I'm not trying to shit on you or anything, but I just don't get how you concluded that a T2 law degree, especially in an area where you don't have ties, was a good investment, especially when you acknowledge you won't have many opportunities. I just don't get it. Why not spend the
four years training for something where you will
have decent opportunities? You sound like you're not even sure you'll attempt to practice. Law school is a big investment of time and money for "well, I guess I might try to do this later if I feel like it, or not. Whatever."[/quote]
Fair points. For me public service doesn't stop at the border. After getting out of the military I moved to Canada and then spent 12 months working in remote medical clinics in the Dominican Republic. The time I spent working with the Dominican and Haitian people opened my eyes and heart to not only third world problems, but US problems. Seeing the broken and flawed adoption process fueled the fire I had for the law (in order to find a solution). That experience led me to volunteer as a Guardian ad Litem (GAL) in dependency court here in Florida. I am fortunate because I have seen the good and the ugly in regards to dependency court and some adoption cases. My JD will be used, but likely from outside the US. My dream is to streamline the adoption process, not treat children like animals at the shelter that can be shopped for, and allow people to adopt desolate children without being discriminated against based on their ideological or religious beliefs. That is public service to me, but also so is working policy for the FDA (who has foreign offices).
No worries about not wanting to shit on me or anything (no offense taken and none will be). The study of law provides many positive qualities for daily life aside from employment: contracts and clauses in medical records at doctors offices, real estate contracting, rental agreements, vaccine exemptions for my family, understanding how and why our country functions, etc. It's a no brainer when 1.) I enjoy it, 2.) don't have to pay for it, and 3.) it will help other people.
As far as opportunities: I try to remain cognizant of them. I don't plan to rely on a school or name (sure, I will take the help if available), but rather network and piggy back off of whoever I can. As I mentioned I am a 2L at a non-ABA, but starting over because it is handicapping me. They simply lack the advanced courses I need, plus other issues. I needed the exposure to ensure my brain/body had healed well enough to return to school. Thankfully it has, not 100% and may never be, but well enough to succeed in law school.
This is simply my opinion and some of my experiences.