ToTransferOrNot wrote:Sigh. Good luck to you know-it-all spring chickens. I know a lot of very talented, entirely unemployed people who actually did the law school thing (and no, I am not one of them, so you can hold the 'bitter!!!' comments). But yeah, if you just work really hard you'll make it some day.
The dervish that the scamblogger-type folks spout is ridiculous, but so is the thought that everything will just "work out" if you happen to miss the OCI boat.
It likely will if you have little debt
and are willing to put the work in. And I'm saying that as a 1L who was able to make good money out of college with shit grades from a little, not well-known school. Just be open to doing work that you didn't anticipate. Maybe you didn't think you would do med mal after law school but you have a ton of friends in med school who need help, you are able to leverage those contacts for a job with a med mal firm, and you get into that business. Maybe you didn't think you would do foreclosure law, but you meet someone who works at a foreclosure defense firm and they try you out for a month or two to see if you are worth keeping around. All sorts of different things can happen; just keep your eyes open and don't be afraid to take an opportunity that isn't what you necessarily expected.
You may not have noticed, but the vast majority of discussion about the risks of law school presume that you do not have a genetics scholarship. Obviously, doing things on scholarship greatly changes the risk-reward calculus, though you still have opportunity cost to contend with.
Of course, for people on the genetics scholarship, even the opportunity cost consideration is different because they have an inheritance to look forward to.
For others, giving up a higher-paying job to do lesser-paying work that they would rather do (or that they think they would rather do - I sincerely doubt that you really know what being a lawyer is all about if you basically went under threat of being 'cut off') may just be something they are willing to do.
That's fine. But that isn't where the vast majority of people who go to law school are coming from. Most people are thinking "If I go to law school, I will make a better living for myself than I would have doing X." It's a flat risk-reward calculus. Many people are completely wrong about that calculus.