rad lulz wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Currently 2L at T20
Debt: $80,000 (parents paid for all COA of undergrad, a Master's program, and law school so as to avoid me having to take on interest. But I need to pay them back for tuition of MA program and law school, which amount to $80,000); I also have an informal agreement whereby I will pay back all other expenses incurred in my post-secondary education ($150,000+) if I make partner (or the equivalent).
Scholarship: Half tuition as in-state student of public law school
2L summer: splitting between two firms, V50 and one small boutique
Note: I cut it so incredibly close it's not even funny (I was only a hair above median after 1L). If it weren't for a little luck at OCI (exactly one biglaw offer through OCI) and the unconditional love and financial support of my parents I would be effed. I just throw up my hands and admit that my parents pretty much carried me all the way through my 20s. This is why I don't care if I hate biglaw SA next summer. I'm gonna work my ass off, nail that offer, and start repaying the debt that I owe them.
Your loans aren't due and you don't have an actual job yet bro
I know. First, plenty of 2Ls are posting here besides me. Second, I very well know that I don't have a job and shit can still happen any moment. That's why I'm not letting up until I have an offer in hand. I'll never forget that being able to work (any job) for money (or the prospect of money) is a privilege, not a chore. No matter how f'ed we think we are at any station in life, we are still better off than 90% of people in the world. The point of my post is that I didn't know what I was getting myself into w/ law school. A lot of us stumble around and I just happened to luck out getting over the first hurdle (getting SA). Any 0Ls reading this, I just hope you've done your calculations and are ready for what's coming. You need to come out fighting from day one.
Also, yes, this thread is definitely skewed because everyone to varying degrees likes to jerk it/humble brag ourselves. 0Ls need to keep that in mind reading this thread. However, that doesn't mean it can't be useful. My advice stands. Law school is for fighters; it is not ideal for a lot of artsy-fartsy liberal arts folks who end up in law skool only because they've reached a dead end doing temp work or composing sonnets (aka me). Law school has taught me to fight (without losing my soul, of course).