Doorkeeper wrote:Also, getting a JD and not practicing law is done all the time in DC. A lot of policy positions require a JD or a PhD, so it's an in to those jobs without getting the PhD.
I work for a government agency (IT/InfoSec) and much of the policy (or interpretation of said policy) that drives our work is determined not by experts in IT or security, but by people with MPP/MPA or JD, who often have limited experience in the areas their decisions are impacting.
Hence I am looking at a JD as a possible means to elbow my way into a seat at the table. I already have over a dozen years in my field. I hold a Master's degree in IT.
Is this a path that anyone thinking of law school would follow, obviously not, as yoh need the background in a given field and have established contacts in the areas you want to work. But for those in such a position it is a possibility.
The salaries at my agency (as well as most other federal agencies) are publically disclosed, so I have a really good idea of the potential money I could earn if I succeed (ballpark, I have been over 100k for several years now and recently got a nice bump for completing my Masters), the jobs that I hope to get are currently paid 40k+ more than I am currently making.
This means that while there is a finicial upside it is not an enough extra money that I can throw caution to the wind. The DC area has many part-time evening programs, that seem suited for someone in my position. While I would love to go to GULC, it would likely be the toughest to get into, and from what I have read they are not that generous to their PT students.
Currently I am thinking of George Mason as first choice. The price, while high, is one of the more affordable options (for those of us living in Virginia), and it is easily accessible from my office, which will be handy if I plan on juggling work and school (on top of family) for four years.