Desert Fox wrote:isaiahnielsen wrote:Desert Fox wrote:isaiahnielsen wrote:honestly: is this a good time to go to law school? i really believe that law is where i am meant to work, all the way down to my demeanor and my natural way of thinking. but i am getting completely freaked out by all the negative forecasting and horror stories that are going around about going to law school right now and then trying to work in the profession. the more research i do, the more it seems like i should wait awhile and just go get a paralegal certificate and work, as there seems to be much higher demand for paralegals (and much less debt) than for lawyers. my only concern with that is i already am a little older than median age, and if i wait a couple of years to see how the economy morphs, i will be 30 or 31 and just starting law school, which i feel may be a little old. curious how current law students feel about this issue.
Don't get a certificate just get a job, teh cert isn't necessary. 30 or 31 is not too old. I think HollyGL is 35.
well, even if i don't finish the certificate, i want to take some intro law classes as: 1) i have never taken any law classes, and i would like to have some more familiarity with the field than i currently do; 2) many firms are hesitant to hire me because i was actually a music major (which was not a well thought out major i might add) and so i feel with some legal classes behind me and the help of a career center, i may have a better chance of getting in to a firm; 3) paralegals often have a better chance of making more money than a legal secretary, which is usually what you are hired as if you don't have a certificate; 4) my GPA, which was already sort of low (because again, not a well thought out undergrad major) got knocked down even more by LSAC in the Academic Summary Report. So my hope is that by taking some classes at the community college, not only will i get some more knowledge about the field and also get a better reading of my aptitude for the it (besides just thinking i will make a good lawyer based on my personality), but also hopefully (I am waiting for LSAC to get back to me on this) if I do well in the intro classes, I can submit them to LSAC along with my other grades and possibly raise my GPA a bit, since they are still considered undergrad classes.
I've heard paralegal classes are nothing like law classes. Though I could see their writing class being somewhat relevant.
Below is a list of the classes I am taking:
Introduction to Law & the Legal Process: CD
Corporations, LLCs & Partnerships
Legal Ethics (possibly)
Job Placement Seminar