Aberzombie1892 wrote:I would recommend not going to law school if:
1. You have a lot of undergrad debt (if that debt is for a non-science/business major, you messed your life up)
2. You are a first generation graduate from college
3. You are an international student and you have no connections to anywhere in the US.
Other than that, law school can be a good experience. You have to be logical and weigh your bets. For me, that meant skipping out on paying sticker to a school that would have cost me around $200,000 to go to a school that cost me significantly less than $50,000. Now that OCI is winding down, I do not regret that decision one bit.
Had I taken this advice to heart a couple of years ago, I wouldn't have gone to law school as I fit into slot 1 and 2 (well, ~$65K in undergrad/grad school debt pre-law school). Yet, I think being a first gen college student has been helpful in my interviews. Some interviewers were visibly impressed by my background -- coming from a lower income background to make it to one of HYS and performing reasonably well. I'm definitely not top of the class, but if I had to guess, I'd be around median. Good enough for a pretty nice job, especially ITE, doing just what I want to do and making nearly 4x what I made before coming to law school.
Aberzombie1892 wrote:Well what I mean is, the first generation college graduate would be better off doing one of the following than going to law school:
1. Entering the workforce
2. Attending Med school
3. Going to Business School
4. Getting a Ph. D.
Why take an unnecessary risk?
#2 is probably true, and mayyyyyyyybe #4, depending on the field. However, the workforce isn't some promised land for young graduates right now. Plus, those who actually had the chops to go to medical school -- both aptitude as demonstrated in pre-med coursework and MCAT scores, in addition to desire -- probably did go.
What I don't understand is you saying that law is built so much on connections and getting jobs with not stellar grades requires some kind of hook-up, but then advocating business school. From those I know who are in business school, it's not like the population there is much different than that which you'd find at law school.