PopCopyManager wrote:Sauer Grapes wrote:PopCopyManager wrote:I have really been thinking about going this route also, specifically DEA. I'm not sure that I want to be a lawyer (the idea of sitting and thoroughly reviewing/reading pages upon pages of text is not exactly appealing to me.)
I have a senior connection within DEA, and he thinks I could get the job without law school. Thoughts? I may end up going to law school anyway, as I feel it might help in the future, but I don't know about taking out piles of loans for something I'm not completely sold on.
A law degree will not help you (much) when it comes to competitive promotions. It'll be more who you know, the work you've done, and stuff like that. If you can get the job without the law degree, and that is what you know you want to do, then why go to law school?
Valid point. I guess I am just of the mind that if I am going to get an advanced degree, I would much rather do it when I am young. I am not really sure what I want to do right now, and there are certainly appealing things about law. I DO know that I am currently doing management consulting / contracting for the federal government, and it is not something that I enjoy. I've been accepted to some awesome schools (t6) so I'm trying to decide whether it's worth it to take the plunge.
Well, I said it wouldn't help much, but it definitely won't hurt to have the degree. Also, if you have a T6 degree, plus experience as a federal agent (1811), you will have A LOT of options assuming you aren't a complete troll.
One thing to consider though, is that 1811's can often get advanced degrees on the government's dime. Especially once they enter management. Also, you WILL make too much to qualify for LRAP, but you will have other options for repayment, possibly IBR. You WILL make 6 figures by your 5th year, probably sooner (given the 25% LEAP that 1811's get for working on average 50 hours a week). Of course, you won't ever get overtime.