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1. I agree with you that law school has been enjoyable in many respects. I think the experience itself is rather unnecessary and idiotic, and aspects of it are not fun (I can tell you right now that bar studying is a miserable time), but overall I enjoyed my three years.
2. Do you have a job? It doesn't sound like it. What makes you think that you have "great" non-biglaw job prospects? Do you have rich family and great connections? Because if that's it, then your experience and background isn't normal. Or are you just proclaiming victory without anything to show for it. It sounds like you're celebrating your successes before they've even arrived.
3. You're talking about it like we're just a bunch of elitist, frustrated losers who are lashing out at the world based on our sense of disappointment and bitterness. That's just ridiculous. I'm fortunate enough to have a good job for good pay at a respectable firm that I like, and even I still tremble at the debt that I have and the uncertainty that lies ahead. And I'm not blind to the many good friends of mine who are 3Ls studying for the bar without jobs, not knowing how they're going to service their 100k+, or even 200k+, of debt. This isn't really about you or me or individuals we know; it's about trends, about data, about the collective profession. That's why you have state bar associations looking at the long-impacts of the system, and senators talking about the problem behind closed doors, and professors and administrators standing up and saying basically the same things we TLS posters have been saying for years. Are they all just elitist and myopic and willfully deceptive and all the other shit you just leveled at the TLS community?
4. Most of the regular posters, and the posters whom I suspect most of your post is directed towards, are not "biglaw or bust" in that they treat anything and everything outside of biglaw as shitlaw. Much of what you just said is a strawman at best, and just plain false at worst. And yet it still manages to be one of the most intelligent things you've ever said on TLS.
2. (a) By doesn't sound like it, I presume you mean that since I explained that I haven't gone through OCI and such, I do not have a job lined up for 2L summer, although I was able to find work this summer. I know zero people not working. Those not being paid chose to clerk or work as public defenders. For many, jobs were found close to midnight --but everything worked out. 1L summer has been tight.
(b) I haven't congratulated myself by any means. I've looked at statistics for law schools in general, and my school, and recognize that I have a good shot of finding something that I enjoy doing. Working in any legal role will be a privilege, and I understand that, but I am much closer to being able to work in this awesome profession because I chose to attend law school. At the end of the day, 50% of "law students" end up working in law --but that includes people at Cooley et. al. What I'm trying to explain is is that after getting my very average grades back, TLS made me feel like shit. And after doing more research and talking to non-TLSers (lawyers, upper-level students), I'm not convinced I should feel like shit.
(c) I'm hoping my family helps me, though certainly not counting on that. I'm also not convinced that knowing lawyers who are family friends makes me an exception to the average law student. In fact, I'm rather tired of drawing out this regular guy law student as this guy who went to a non-flagship State and has parents who make $50k. There's certainly a number of these people, and a lot of them are great people, but most people do grow up comfortably and are able to ask their parents for help networking.
3 and 4. Again, maybe I'm wrong. I post here a shitload, and I get the feeling that this place is way too pessimistic. My friends who I know don't post here but have visited also communicate that vibe. This site is famous for its I-failed-at-OCI-even-though-I'm-#-5 threads, and I think it's important to make a big thread like this to say that to say that those are the same people who post on Yelp when their suit gets fucked at the dry cleaner --the guy who gets 10 shirts done a week for 3 years with no problems is pretty unlikely to post a review of his dry cleaner.
And further, I think most people know when they're going for their MBA (outside the top ones) that they're going to get a degree that might
help them land a dope job... and that's worth it. I don't know MBA numbers, but I'm guessing they'd take a 30% chance at a dopey-dope job and a 85% chance at a "comfortable living." That comfortable living again is far superior to the alternative coming out of college these days, and certainly far more comfortable than your typical american. Given my abysmal undergrad GPA, I'm extremely grateful that there's an enterprise like law school that has given me still a fighting chance to have a successful white collar life...I've enjoyed every second of the experience so far (except journal write on), and I'm optimistic that things will work out from here on out.
I'm suggesting that those who are not as happy as I am are that way because they're frustrated entitled brats. That doesn't mean I'm patting myself on the back.