AreJay711 wrote: KevinP wrote:
AreJay711 wrote:I think a lot of people on this board went to good undergrad schools where top students had a lot of opportunities. That wasn't the case for me and I've been surprised how many doors have been opened because I attend a top 10 law school degree.
I'm geniunely curious, what kind of doors?
Well, tbf, most are at firms because that's what I've been pursuing but I've also had someone that is considering running for governor of the state in 2014 tell me to contact him if I was interested in helping him campaign and a real estate developer basically offer me a position if I got tired of working at a firm (I have construction experience). These aren't huge by any means -- hell, what politician wouldn't want free labor -- but I doubt that the developer would have been interested if my only credential was some shitty undergrad only known for drinking and attractive women. That's all I got; maybe its not causal.
So,going to law school is opening up legal jobs you wouldn't have qualified for with just an UG degree? Someone is also willing to let you work for free?
I don't think you've shown any doors being opened. Even the construction job would likely have been offered if you landed any sort of post-UG work that showed you weren't a complete idiot. And that one was also based on prelaw experience.
OP, jumping from law to another field is actually very difficult if you don't lay the ground work before you start law school. As a JD you price yourself out of entry-level for public policy work and it is hard to get non-entry level if you don't have significant work experience in the field before becoming a lawyer. Connections are another way to get placed, but those are often random. If you don't get lucky and have them fall into your lap, good luck having the time and energy to cultivate thm when a firm owns you 24/7/365 as a junior associate. Family members who are attorneys only give you a limited glimpse into life as a lawyer, since they "came of age" in a different era.
Go to law school only if you see a long career as a lawyer in your future. Any other plan makes law school a huge waste of time and money.