BruceWayne wrote:I'm surprised that no one has started slamming his post with ad hominems etc. yet. A lot of what he's saying is a TLS faux paus. For some reason a lot of posters on here think that there are loads of non law jobs out there that pay great money, only require a BA----in any field at that, are hiring in droves, are incredibly enjoyable, and allow 9-5 hours (and maybe for a lot of TLS posters this is true since many of them attended schools like HYP MIT, Duke, UChicago, Penn, Stanford etc. for undergrad). Strangely the rest of the population seems to have a very hard time finding these ideal non legal positions that TLS posters describe as being nearly ubiquitous. If TLS could enlighten President Obama about these positions he would win the 2012 election by a landslide.
It's not that all those non-law jobs out there are easy to get. It's that they're just as easy to get without a law degree as they are with one. A law degree is not an asset for hiring in most non-law jobs and in fact it can be a hindrance (since employers will assume you're just going to work there until you can find higher-paying work more suited to your degree, and bolt). The point isn't that it's easy without one, it's that in most cases, a law degree doesn't help and is a waste of time and money
It's the same thing with law degrees as what you mentioned about undergrads. Attend an Ivy? Sure, you can probably use that to get a job pretty easily, even outside the profession. But most people aren't attending prestigious Ivy schools, and they'll struggle a lot more to find a use for that law degree outside the legal profession.
Are there magic jobs out there with high pay and no grad degree requirement? No, at least, not many. But that's not a reason to go to law school, where the worst case is you increase your debt significantly and (if you never wanted to be a lawyer) still can't find work you want to do. For someone that sure from the beginning they don't want to practice law, in 98% of cases, going to law school is a bad idea and they should look for other options.