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Doubts while in law school

Postby fcf123 » Thu Jan 19, 2012 12:04 am

Hey everyone,

currently a 1L at American. I just got my first semester grades back and I just made the top 50%. I'm getting a little nervous about employment prospects and I'm starting to wonder if all the debt I'm incurring is really worth it. I just got a job offer, doing something totally unrelated, but the base is 65K plus quarterly bonuses. It's not really what I would like to do but I have a business degree and I feel like job prospects can be pretty flexible. Pausing law school for a year and doing that (if thats even possible) sounds a lot better than graduating with 170K of debt and more than likely getting a public sector job that pays 53K (or no job at all) I could just be freaking out for no reason, but the thought of all that debt and some of these blogs stating that if you are an average student at American you're basically shit out of luck is starting to scare me. Basically I'm looking for advice as to whether it would be smart to drop out now (considering I am having doubts) or to just push through the next few years and see what happens.

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Re: Doubts while in law school

Postby johansantana21 » Thu Jan 19, 2012 12:06 am

I'd take a 65k job vs. being median at American.

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Re: Doubts while in law school

Postby joemoviebuff » Thu Jan 19, 2012 12:10 am

johansantana21 wrote:I'd take a 65k job vs. being median at American.


+1, without question.

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Re: Doubts while in law school

Postby Grizz » Thu Jan 19, 2012 12:10 am

johansantana21 wrote:I'd take a 65k job vs. being median at American.

Plus bonuses? Shit, that's like above the median starting attorney salary right there.

Drop out asap.

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Re: Doubts while in law school

Postby beach_terror » Thu Jan 19, 2012 12:12 am

Grizz wrote:
johansantana21 wrote:I'd take a 65k job vs. being median at American.

Plus bonuses? Shit, that's like above the median starting attorney salary right there.

Drop out asap.

Not to mention the feelings of doubt will only get stronger as you go.

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Re: Doubts while in law school

Postby Agent » Thu Jan 19, 2012 12:14 am

johansantana21 wrote:I'd take a 65k job vs. being median at American.


+1

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Re: Doubts while in law school

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Jan 19, 2012 12:16 am

So this job is in sales for surgical products, I'm pretty outgoing but still no long term job growth/security. However, that being said I would be back in an area where I have better connections and where I would have an easier time transitioning to another job. I don't know if that makes it any better or worse.

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Re: Doubts while in law school

Postby YourCaptain » Thu Jan 19, 2012 12:20 am

take the job and run

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Re: Doubts while in law school

Postby MrAnon » Thu Jan 19, 2012 12:25 am

Take the job. Take a semester or two of leave. You can always come back after a leave of absence no questions asked at these schools. Maybe you'll choose to come back full time or maybe you'll choose to come back as a night student or maybe you'll choose never to come back at all.

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Re: Doubts while in law school

Postby r6_philly » Thu Jan 19, 2012 12:32 am

Take the job, take the semester off. Decide if you want to come back as a part-timer or just go to biz school.

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Re: Doubts while in law school

Postby 180asBreath » Thu Jan 19, 2012 12:43 am

The very fact that you sought out a job, assuming it didn't fall in your lap, should tell you something about how you're feeling.

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Re: Doubts while in law school

Postby PDaddy » Thu Jan 19, 2012 1:00 am

Take the job and run.

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Re: Doubts while in law school

Postby LawIdiot86 » Thu Jan 19, 2012 1:01 am

Take it and don't look back.

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Re: Doubts while in law school

Postby 09042014 » Thu Jan 19, 2012 1:06 am

Anonymous User wrote:So this job is in sales for surgical products, I'm pretty outgoing but still no long term job growth/security. However, that being said I would be back in an area where I have better connections and where I would have an easier time transitioning to another job. I don't know if that makes it any better or worse.


Medical sales is a growth industry. The long term growth potential is that you get good at it, and make a shit ton in commission.

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Re: Doubts while in law school

Postby r6_philly » Thu Jan 19, 2012 1:17 am

Desert Fox wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:So this job is in sales for surgical products, I'm pretty outgoing but still no long term job growth/security. However, that being said I would be back in an area where I have better connections and where I would have an easier time transitioning to another job. I don't know if that makes it any better or worse.


Medical sales is a growth industry. The long term growth potential is that you get good at it, and make a shit ton in commission.


+1

A good friend has his own distributorship in the Poconos, makes good money, vacation everyday. I'd get into that business if I was a salesperson type.

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Re: Doubts while in law school

Postby yngblkgifted » Thu Jan 19, 2012 1:30 am

PDaddy wrote:Take the job and run.

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Re: Doubts while in law school

Postby romothesavior » Thu Jan 19, 2012 1:35 am

yngblkgifted wrote:
PDaddy wrote:Take the job and run.

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Re: Doubts while in law school

Postby hung jury » Thu Jan 19, 2012 2:52 am

Have you looked into a leave of absence? I'd ask for a leave and take the job. If they won't give a leave I'd just drop out and take the job.

170k is a lot of debt coming out of American, particularly with medianish grades.

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Re: Doubts while in law school

Postby Julio_El_Chavo » Thu Jan 19, 2012 5:06 am

Why are you in law school?

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Postby TTH » Thu Jan 19, 2012 11:16 am


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Re: Doubts while in law school

Postby nygrrrl » Thu Jan 19, 2012 11:34 am

r6_philly wrote:Take the job, take the semester off. Decide if you want to come back as a part-timer or just go to biz school.

Agree. Law school will always be there. Take the time, earn some money, evaluate. Good luck - and kudos for acknowledging your doubts and addressing them.

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Re: Doubts while in law school

Postby somewhatwayward » Thu Jan 19, 2012 2:38 pm

romothesavior wrote:
yngblkgifted wrote:
PDaddy wrote:Take the job and run.

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Re: Doubts while in law school

Postby sunynp » Thu Jan 19, 2012 2:54 pm

Please take the job. You need to get out of school if you are at median. It is doubtful that you will get the results you seek if you pass up this opportunity. As others have said, you can always go to law school, it isn't going anywhere.
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Re: Doubts while in law school

Postby Br3v » Thu Jan 19, 2012 3:39 pm

salary your gonna get graduating LS is what you could get now taking the job. Ignore sunk cost of 1st semester and take job.

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Re: Doubts while in law school

Postby Br3v » Thu Jan 19, 2012 3:39 pm

salary your gonna get graduating LS is what you could get now taking the job. Ignore sunk cost of 1st semester and take job.




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