Nine reasons not to go to law school

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Nine reasons not to go to law school

Postby crankyankees » Tue Mar 27, 2012 3:19 pm

A cynical, pessimistic list of why you should do anything else but attend law school. 15% exaggerated humor, 85% get me the hell out of this place.

http://imakebaddecisions.wordpress.com/2012/03/26/nine-reasons-not-to-go-to-law-school/

But seriously, best of luck to everyone driving themselves crazy over acceptances. It's the most wonderful time of the year!

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Re: Nine reasons not to go to law school

Postby nkp007 » Tue Mar 27, 2012 3:26 pm

crankyankees wrote:A cynical, pessimistic list of why you should do anything else but attend law school. 15% exaggerated humor, 85% get me the hell out of this place.

http://imakebaddecisions.wordpress.com/2012/03/26/nine-reasons-not-to-go-to-law-school/

But seriously, best of luck to everyone driving themselves crazy over acceptances. It's the most wonderful time of the year!


True or false?

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Re: Nine reasons not to go to law school

Postby rad lulz » Tue Mar 27, 2012 3:31 pm

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Re: Nine reasons not to go to law school

Postby lobolawyer » Tue Mar 27, 2012 3:31 pm

nkp007 wrote:
crankyankees wrote:A cynical, pessimistic list of why you should do anything else but attend law school. 15% exaggerated humor, 85% get me the hell out of this place.

http://imakebaddecisions.wordpress.com/2012/03/26/nine-reasons-not-to-go-to-law-school/

But seriously, best of luck to everyone driving themselves crazy over acceptances. It's the most wonderful time of the year!


True or false?


Some slight embellishing, but an accurate assessment of most of my feelings about the past 3 years.

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Re: Nine reasons not to go to law school

Postby crankyankees » Tue Mar 27, 2012 3:31 pm

nkp007 wrote:
crankyankees wrote:A cynical, pessimistic list of why you should do anything else but attend law school. 15% exaggerated humor, 85% get me the hell out of this place.

http://imakebaddecisions.wordpress.com/2012/03/26/nine-reasons-not-to-go-to-law-school/

But seriously, best of luck to everyone driving themselves crazy over acceptances. It's the most wonderful time of the year!


True or false?


absolutely true. the "15% exaggerated humor" is my pessimistic, sarcastic opinion of the entire legal education system. I realize I'm posting this to a bunch of hopefuls/current attendees/alums, so I just wanted to stress that my goal wasn't to dissuade or insult anyone from their life choices, just present a truthful account of my experience.

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Re: Nine reasons not to go to law school

Postby adam1 » Tue Mar 27, 2012 3:33 pm

I thought this was going to be an mtal thread. let down..

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Re: Nine reasons not to go to law school

Postby t14fanboy » Tue Mar 27, 2012 3:55 pm

Good for you.

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Re: Nine reasons not to go to law school

Postby congusto » Tue Mar 27, 2012 11:01 pm

What did you think, that law school would be easy? That people wouldn't be put together enough to hand in their memos with time to get a full night's rest before dressing in the morning so they don't look like slobs? Did you think that everything would be on an even playing field? Sorry, but life isn't fair -- people make the most of it. If you can't handle eating alone every now and then, you have far deeper issues than those revealed through your law school travails.

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Re: Nine reasons not to go to law school

Postby BBLobster » Tue Mar 27, 2012 11:19 pm

I'm kind of amazed... going to the same school and being in the same year, I dont really find this to apply to my experiences at all. It's too bad that you took to the internet to make anonymous personal attacks on some people in your class, because it's really unfair to them that you'd say things behind their back in a public forum instead of to their faces.

I'd say to those who don't know the actual people called out: take these words with a grain of salt, because many of the people who are discussed are actually some of the nicest people you'd ever meet.

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Re: Nine reasons not to go to law school

Postby rad lulz » Tue Mar 27, 2012 11:23 pm

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Re: Nine reasons not to go to law school

Postby BBLobster » Tue Mar 27, 2012 11:25 pm

What can I say, we stand up for our own.

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Re: Nine reasons not to go to law school

Postby nkp007 » Tue Mar 27, 2012 11:27 pm

BBLobster wrote:I'm kind of amazed... going to the same school and being in the same year, I dont really find this to apply to my experiences at all. It's too bad that you took to the internet to make anonymous personal attacks on some people in your class, because it's really unfair to them that you'd say things behind their back in a public forum instead of to their faces.

I'd say to those who don't know the actual people called out: take these words with a grain of salt, because many of the people who are discussed are actually some of the nicest people you'd ever meet.


She sounds kind of mean. I wouldn't invite her to my secret facebook group either.

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Re: Nine reasons not to go to law school

Postby traynorsbizarro » Tue Mar 27, 2012 11:27 pm

congusto wrote:What did you think, that law school would be easy? That people wouldn't be put together enough to hand in their memos with time to get a full night's rest before dressing in the morning so they don't look like slobs? Did you think that everything would be on an even playing field? Sorry, but life isn't fair -- people make the most of it. If you can't handle eating alone every now and then, you have far deeper issues than those revealed through your law school travails.


Get em gunna!

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Re: Nine reasons not to go to law school

Postby reformed calvinist » Tue Mar 27, 2012 11:32 pm

Meh I agree somewhat. Law school does attract a special breed of arrogant cocksuckers, but then again, you'll encounter people like that everywhere.

By far the worst part about law school is the section system first year. I liked undergrad just fine, where the people changed with every class. Hell, this was true even in high school. I haven't had every class with the same exact people since 6th grade-no, that's not a joke. It's not even that I dislike most of the people, it just gets old.

Also, the pedagogy is atrocious. Seriously, the casebook method is the most boring fucking thing I can think of. From taking graduate seminars in political science senior year to reciting facts about 19th century cases about fucking farms and cows? Fucking seriously? The only reason I manage to slog through the readings and pay attention to the aimless discussions in class is because I know what I want out of law school. You have to fucking know what your goals are, or you will fucking sink like a rock (unless you're a masochist/love school).

Seriously, if I had gone to law school because I loved academics or I wanted an exciting intellectual experience, I would have dropped out a long time ago. You get through it, get your degree, then move on. Know what you want at the end of the road or you will sink into depression and misery.

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Re: Nine reasons not to go to law school

Postby rad lulz » Tue Mar 27, 2012 11:36 pm

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Re: Nine reasons not to go to law school

Postby soj » Wed Mar 28, 2012 1:15 pm

None of this surprises me, including the white knights. Thanks for the read.

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Re: Nine reasons not to go to law school

Postby philly_law » Wed Mar 28, 2012 1:28 pm

reading this was an excellent way to pass the time in corporate tax.

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Re: Nine reasons not to go to law school

Postby legends159 » Wed Mar 28, 2012 2:16 pm

funny read. but seriously, OP you might want to remove your personal information from your blog...you know your picture, your name etc.

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Re: Nine reasons not to go to law school

Postby t14fanboy » Wed Mar 28, 2012 2:31 pm

"How I long for the days of undergrad, where students would celebrate over getting by with C’s. How stupid I was to think my summa cum laude would translate to equally high marks in law school."

Pretty stupid when you get a BA in Theater Studies from Montclair State University.

"In addition to getting perfect grades, you’re solely responsible for finding two summers’ worth of employment before you leave the comforts of law school and enter the real world."

Have you never sought employment during college? Most people have to hustle. I'm sorry that you found this out so late.

"Wanna be a politician? Go work in politics! Wanna be a financial wizard? Get an MBA and go work in finance! Because unemployment is rampant in our country it’s no longer a possibility to get a law degree and see what happens."

LMFAO. You make it sound as if these other paths are any easier than law school. Or maybe you were a poor soul who thought that going to law school would qualify you for a managing director position at Goldman. Who the hell takes on student loans with a "see what happens" attitude?

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Re: Nine reasons not to go to law school

Postby Geneva » Fri Mar 30, 2012 1:18 am

"Law school is not an elongation of undergrad, a playground for intellectuals, or the golden ticket to employment- it’s a vocational school for people who want nothing else than to be attorneys."

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Re: Nine reasons not to go to law school

Postby sunynp » Fri Mar 30, 2012 2:23 am

t14fanboy wrote:"How I long for the days of undergrad, where students would celebrate over getting by with C’s. How stupid I was to think my summa cum laude would translate to equally high marks in law school."

Pretty stupid when you get a BA in Theater Studies from Montclair State University.

"In addition to getting perfect grades, you’re solely responsible for finding two summers’ worth of employment before you leave the comforts of law school and enter the real world."

Have you never sought employment during college? Most people have to hustle. I'm sorry that you found this out so late.

"Wanna be a politician? Go work in politics! Wanna be a financial wizard? Get an MBA and go work in finance! Because unemployment is rampant in our country it’s no longer a possibility to get a law degree and see what happens."

LMFAO. You make it sound as if these other paths are any easier than law school. Or maybe you were a poor soul who thought that going to law school would qualify you for a managing director position at Goldman. Who the hell takes on student loans with a "see what happens" attitude


Re the last sentence which I bolded: Pretty much everyone as far as I can tell.

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Re: Nine reasons not to go to law school

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Re: Nine reasons not to go to law school

Postby I.P. Daly » Sat Mar 31, 2012 10:27 pm

Geneva wrote:"Law school is not an elongation of undergrad, a playground for intellectuals, or the golden ticket to employment- it’s a vocational school for people who want nothing else than to be attorneys."


Valid point.

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Re: Nine reasons not to go to law school

Postby beachbum » Sat Mar 31, 2012 10:56 pm

No, that sounds about right.

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Re: Nine reasons not to go to law school

Postby blsingindisguise » Sun Apr 01, 2012 12:20 am

Of course it's a vocational school for people who want to become attorneys. How do people not understand this going into law school? As far as I'm concerned that is the singular reason to either go or not go to law school -- you want and have good reasons for wanting to be an attorney or you don't.

As for the blogger, she has a few reasonable points but for the most part she sounds like a spoiled, overly-self-regarding jerk who has never done anything hard in her life. Law school is nowhere near as difficult or "unfair" as she makes it sound, and as far as how awful "the people" are, well there's that George Carlin about how if you meet seven assholes in a day, guess what, you're the asshole.




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