bjsesq wrote:It's hard to tell how/when things will pick up. I don't think we will ever see things as playboy-ish in large law firms as it was pre-bust. Will they pick up? Yeah, I think so. Will it be a big increase? I doubt it. At least in Chicago.
Profs won't fuck you over, it's just that a lot of them are pompous douches who are actually insulted that a student would approach them outside office hours, disagree with them in anyway, or do anything that slightly inconveniences them. This is the culture budding lawyers are raised in, man. (Full disclosure: I would say the prof split is about 50/50 with douches v. cool people. Some of the profs are cool as shit here. Some of them are Ron Allen, aka anything but cool.)
I think the additional financial aid essay is more about eliminating scholly money for those who aren't even willing to put in the effort to try for it. You should do it, but I think your chances of getting anything are minuscule.
I agree with the boldface and am perfectly fine with it, after a while at my current job....I can honestly say I believe that there is more to a job than money (wouldn't have said that 2 years ago). Not saying I want to go public interest or trying to be noble...but lawyers were making way too much money for too long and I think it just took people a while to figure out. Even now, I'm skeptical whether a 25 year-old out of law school is really worth 160K per year when their first year will most likely be spent figuring out what the heck is going on.
I'm guessing you probably do see the pompous douche culture at most top law schools (and most/all big firms for that matter), I think it is just something you kind of have to accept with the territory. The main appeal of a law degree to me is that when you combine it with a decent background, it gives you a ton of versatility....but there are definitely drawbacks. I just don't want to come out and be saddled with debt for the next 10-15 years.