somewhatwayward wrote:I remember what it was like when I was first investigating law schools. I came on a board like this and I saw a thread called 'Don't Go to Law School if it is not T14' and I was shocked. I had grown up my whole life believing that higher education was always good and that there were opportunities for everyone out of graduate school. This was in 2009. I was very naive.
I actually do get it now. It's a jobs thing.
Pretty much there aren't enough legal jobs out there for the number of law student graduates, so that means (logically) that 50% of law student graduates won't be able to get a lawyer job. I've been spending time reading.
To me, this is a bit insane! That's a very bad proportion. I see what you mean now by probabilities versus possibilities.
If this was true of medical school, then there would probably be an outcry and the AMA would likely restrict admissions to meet the market demand. How long has this been going on? Was it like this before the recession and are there expert opinions on whether it might get better if the economy improves?
If this has been actually going on for a while, then I'm not sure why anyone hasn't done anything? Doesn't the ABA have a moral duty to ensure that there aren't thousands of graduates with 100K in debt and unable to obtain work as a lawyer? I feel like the governing body of law schools has an obligation to prevent such an oversupply. I know the AMA does actively try to do this by gauging demand and adjusting admissions to fit that demand. So if you graduate from medical school it's a near certainty you'll be able to find work as a medical doctor.
The only thing I can see is perhaps they feel people can open up their own practices and become lawyers that way or use their law degrees for non-legal work and may be thinking along those lines to justify so many students coming into law school. One hopes they're not purposely trying to trick students!!!
I had a friend who was reading to me from a website a few years ago about how a law degree is considered a universal degree and you can use it to pursue a variety of work. Now I'm reading that the opposite might be true from a number of sources. I want to look into this, because I had thought at the time that that might be true. It actually even sounded enticing! An engineer usually works as an engineer and a medical doctor usually works as a medical doctor..and so on. ... I remember actually thinking it would be kind of cool to have a degree like a JD that could open up lots of options if it was a universal degree. Now I'm starting to see that might not be true.
Don't worry. I'm going to do a thorough investigation. I wasn't set on law school, but had thought about it. Now I'm not sure. I definitely don't want to make a big mistake. I'm going to look into all this and learn as much as I can and then make the best decision for myself.
Thanks for taking the time to write that message and for the tips. I appreciate it!
ETA: Good luck to you in your own studies and everything you do too!