But the cops are saying that a recent Villanova Law graduate, struggling as a contract attorney, shot his mother over Christmas. Then, he killed himself.“We’ll never know his motive,” said Marion County Sheriff’s Capt. Robert Sandlin. “What is our opinion? Financial. He had a lot of student loans that were outstanding.”
This man was a graduate of Villanova Law. Of course, this debt-owned scenario can happen to graduates of even the T14 these days. Biglaw castoffs who last less than two years, even if they graduate from a T6 school, might end up in the life-crushing dungeons of document review.
[Wagner's mother] was hopeful that he would get married, settle down and get a permanent job,” said [Carolyn Wagner's friend Patsy Batsch]. “It’s just that he had some student-loan debt that was heavy. It was taking up a lot of his salary. He just felt like he couldn’t.”
This is a very sad story no matter what the reasons. But having your mom harp at you to get married and get a house with a backyard, a dog, and kids--when you know deep down inside that you will never be able to afford a house or a wife until you are 50 years old (in essence, knowing that law school has taken your life away)--might be very stressful.
Taking on $200K of debt is very dangerous from a psychological standpoint. Just be wary when you do. It's not something you can just dismiss and "deal with later on down the road." For many law graduates these days, it simply can't be dealt with.