Jason Taverner wrote:i should probably tone it down so i can save a soul because do normally don't get folks who are this young
OP—I'm a graduate of a top school, with good grades, and a job lined up at a well respected firm this fall. I attended with a significant grant package. I was, by most measures, pretty successful (but not amazingly so) at this whole law school thing.
Please consider getting credentials that will allow you to work in another field. Pick a job other than lawyer, talk to people in that field, and ask them what you should take.
Lawyers will not care at all what you did before law school, unless it is too public interest-y and you're trying to sell out.
You can be pre-Med, or pre-pharm, you can get a CS degree, you can get an Engineering degree, you can set yourself up to work in banking—you'll be able to go to law school with any of those.
The LSAT is painfully easy. The standards for admission to even top schools are laughably low. You will be able to go to law school no matter what you study.
But, you won't be able to go back and time and get a good shot at becoming something other than a lawyer.
So, even if you don't trust me and are convinced that you want to go to law school, take steps toward another career path. It won't shut any doors and will at least keep one more door open.
If I could go back in time and talk to 18 year old me, that's what I'd tell him. I hope he'd listen.
Damn, you're making me rethink law school and maybe it's for the best. You seem to have a lot of experience and I would be foolish not to listen to what you say. Would you recommend that I get a Math and finance degree, do well and get a masters in finance to get into banking?
If you go to a target school (meaning ibanks recruit on your campus), there really isn't a need to get a masters. They recruit during your junior year spring semester, and from my understanding (based off friends who did it), that junior summer internship generally converts to a full-time offer unless you really mess up. That being said, having success in finance recruiting seems to rely upon getting that junior internship (because unlike consulting where the majority of full-time offers are extended during the fall of your senior year, most finance spots are filled from the summer intern class). These firms definitely like quant majors, but I do know a few poli sci majors who ended up with offers--dual math and finance degree would definitely give you a leg up though.
If you don't go to a target school, a masters might make a lot of sense. You can get an offer out of undergrad from a non-target, but it does require a lot of networking. If you do get a masters, you just want to make sure that you're getting it from a school the places you would like to work recruit at.
With all of that said, I will mention that I know a lot of miserable ibankers, and although I'm not in the demographic to know a lot of young lawyers, I'm sure there are similar rates of dissatisfaction. The nice thing, I guess, is that ibankers don't have to spend 3 years and take on debt to realize they dislike their job, and they probably have more exit options. That's the upside of pursuing finance first I suppose