Why law school, despite the negativity?
I'm stuck in a dead end career path that I hate. I make ~$40k; if I stick it out I might make ~75k in 20 years. I don't just hate my job; I'm embarrassed by it. When people ask me what I do for a living, I mumble, if I don't lie outright. Law school is a desperate attempt at an "out".
That said, law school is a pretty miserable out for most people in most situations. I tried to mitigate this by going into my LSAT prep and application cycle resolved that if I didn't get a good school/scholarship outcome, I would walk away and find something else. At the beginning of the cycle, I had a dollar amount in my head of how much money, all in, I was willing to pay for a legal education. This would define a good outcome. I ended up with a full scholarship at a T50 in a low COL area, so I'm pressing on.
That said, I'm still gambling that 3-years of time and cost of living is worth whatever career outcome I get. Hopefully I'll be making more money in 3 years, but there is a very significant risk that I could be making the same $40k hoping for $75k in 20 years.
At least I will no longer be embarrassed to tell people what I do...probably.
All that said, I am extremely excited (naive?) to go to law school. I find the subject matter incredibly interesting (naive?), and do think I will enjoy a legal career more than my current job (naive?), but I worry that just speaks to he shittiness of my current job.
TheUnicornHunter wrote:Path dependency and cognitive dissonance. People go to school their whole life with the assumption that better grades + more school will equal a better life. When confronted with evidence that that' not true, they tend to ignore it. Law school is a lot like tic-tac-toe and nuclear war.
I'm stuck in the education>>>career model, and don't know how to get out, other than to turn my back on all of it and take up a trade. I frequently wonder if that would be the smarter option.