LookyLou wrote:Thanks for the posts, and the valuable information contained therein. But no one really answered my question! One more time....
Is the day to day routine of readings and lectures satisfying and interesting to you?
I doubt that I will practice law, don't care about the money, and mainly intend my law school experience as being an interesting chance to grow and learn. To me, it seems like fun. Pitting myself against some of the country's top minds is appealing to me. I like hanging out with smart people, and don't get to do much of that where I am at.
So, here's the poll.... Ignoring the hoped-for paycheck, the prestige, and all that jazz, DO YOU LIKE LAW SCHOOL? As in ***fun.*** Or am I a wet-behind-the-ears pollyanna who doesn't know what kind of toil and misery she's getting herself into?
I love law school, or I did until recently (now I'm just itching to be done). Absolutely love it. In a very cerebral, dorky way. But the thing is, it is first and foremost a credentialing process. There are probably much more satisfying ways to diddle yourself intellectually than law school if you have no interest in doing any of the things that you do with a JD.
Now, I mean my "diddle yourself" comment in the best possible light – after all, that's more or less what I've been doing for the last three years. It just so happens that I also wanted the credentials because of things that I want to do after law school. Which has been a godsend, because there's a whole lot about law school that isn't about intellectual stimulation or great minds debating, and my longer term vision helped me tolerate those patches. Also, my apologies if I'm putting words in your mouth about your not wanting a JD job. There are plenty of lawyer jobs that don't involve being in a firm or litigation, and it may be that you just meant you want one of those.
Anyway, it's not so much that you don't know the toil and misery that follows . . . I just can't see how law school is the answer. I think that there are cheaper, more practical things to do with the next three years of your life that will probably map your short-term goals more closely than law school. But I'm not you, so I may be way off base.