X_Soda wrote:JazzOne wrote:Fuck, I'm a goddamn idiot.
By your own logic, yes. It is foolish to enter law school with such an unrealistic goal, one that is almost a mathematical uncertainty, and have no other plan. Is that not what you and everyone else who makes bitter posts toward bright eyed law school hopefuls are trying to say? Isn't the idea of BigLaw or bust the dangerous idealism that this forum is largely dedicated to warning against? What makes you special? What gives you the ability to be the arbiter of pragmatism and simultaneously transcend it? THAT is what my initial frustration was directed towards.
I'll come out and say it: I was a fool to go to law school.
However, I was less of a fool than most people. In-state tuition at Wisconsin is $15k a year. I was looking at $80k in debt, not $180k.
Then I won the grade lottery, and transfered, so my $180k in debt isn't insane, in hindsight. Of course, I came damned close to striking out at OCI - so the decision to transfer in the first instance was a risky one. I took out a $100k lottery ticket - and it paid off, but just barely.
Just because some of us win the lottery doesn't mean it was smart to put $80k or $180k on a 10% chance in the first instance.
Of course, my opportunity cost was also very low (contrary to popular belief, there aren't any jobs available in teaching, either, particular music education). It was law school or wait tables - and I grew up with parents who were wait staff, and I refused to have that be my life. But, I was still a fool to go to law school.
Edit: Finally, at least for those of us who are 3Ls, the writing wasn't on the wall in quite the same way as it is now. There were warning signs, certainly, but they weren't quite as obvious.