GATORTIM wrote:It's funny that some define success as gaining entry to Big Law, an area of law that has an insanely high washout rate.
Keep in mind what happens when you 'wash out'.
Take two unemployed attorneys: One failed to get biglaw out of LS, the other put in 3 years then left voluntarily (which is how most attrition happens). I can't even begin to describe the difference in (number, speed in obtaining, pay/prestige of) future employment opportunities, law school debt, and savings those two will have.
Maybe only ~5% stay in biglaw through partnerdom, but signifigany majorities of those that 'washout' land on their feet in sweet government, corporate, or botique firm positions.
Like it or not, people approach education with their gut. The cost of law school makes that dangerous... but sometimes you have to stick your neck out. You can't win unless you play, and if you REALLY want to be an attorney, the fact that you /probably/ won't be making bank as an attorney shouldn't deter that choice.
Too problems with that rosy assessment: First, my woman's intuition suggests a large portion of the law school population are more interested in upward class mobility than in the law. Second, I'm positive that even if the $$$ don't motivate everyone in law school, prior to experience it + practice there's no good way to know you'll like being an attorney.
Lots of risk. What can you do?