Does anyone else get cold feet?

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Does anyone else get cold feet?

Postby spideynutskllz » Tue Apr 28, 2015 12:47 am

I've already submitted my seat and housing deposit to a law school. Some days I'm happy and excited to start but other days I find myself rethinking my decision to attend law school. I wonder if it will be worth it and whether I should get a job in my undergraduate field instead. Anyone have comments?

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Re: Does anyone else get cold feet?

Postby JohannDeMann » Tue Apr 28, 2015 12:49 am

What's your undergrad field and what law school?

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Re: Does anyone else get cold feet?

Postby fisheatbananas » Tue Apr 28, 2015 3:30 am

I'm a 0L. I wouldn't describe it as cold feet but some days I'm more/less excited about going back to school in the fall.

But my UG degree is useless by itself so that's more reason for me to go to law school...

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Re: Does anyone else get cold feet?

Postby usn26 » Tue Apr 28, 2015 9:36 am

fisheatbananas wrote:But my UG degree is useless by itself so that's more reason for me to go to law school...


The sentiment that launched a thousand train wreck legal careers.

Many (most?) legal degrees are useless by themselves. Just because you have a JD doesn't mean you'll get a job, as a lawyer or otherwise. And a BA in philosophy/english/sociology doesn't preclude you from getting a good job.

ETA: We just did the above spiel at my college...

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Re: Does anyone else get cold feet?

Postby OhBoyOhBortles » Tue Apr 28, 2015 9:38 am

usn26 wrote:
fisheatbananas wrote:But my UG degree is useless by itself so that's more reason for me to go to law school...


The sentiment that launched a thousand train wreck legal careers.

Many (most?) legal degrees are useless by themselves. Just because you have a JD doesn't mean you'll get a job, as a lawyer or otherwise. And a BA in philosophy/english/sociology doesn't preclude you from getting a good job.


This is true. I have a decent position, with the potential for growth, with an English degree. Taking a couple years to work may be a good idea.

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Re: Does anyone else get cold feet?

Postby Hikikomorist » Tue Apr 28, 2015 10:21 am

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Re: Does anyone else get cold feet?

Postby tuxedocat » Tue Apr 28, 2015 12:01 pm

Yup. But I think if you're 110% sure that going to law school is a fantastic idea then you're a fucking idiot.

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Re: Does anyone else get cold feet?

Postby fisheatbananas » Tue Apr 28, 2015 12:11 pm

OhBoyOhBortles wrote:
usn26 wrote:
fisheatbananas wrote:But my UG degree is useless by itself so that's more reason for me to go to law school...


The sentiment that launched a thousand train wreck legal careers.

Many (most?) legal degrees are useless by themselves. Just because you have a JD doesn't mean you'll get a job, as a lawyer or otherwise. And a BA in philosophy/english/sociology doesn't preclude you from getting a good job.


This is true. I have a decent position, with the potential for growth, with an English degree. Taking a couple years to work may be a good idea.


You're right, I am actually working right now but would be able to come back to my current job at a higher position after I get a J.D.

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Re: Does anyone else get cold feet?

Postby fisheatbananas » Tue Apr 28, 2015 12:14 pm

tuxedocat wrote:Yup. But I think if you're 110% sure that going to law school is a fantastic idea then you're a fucking idiot.

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Re: Does anyone else get cold feet?

Postby misskatejd » Tue Apr 28, 2015 12:21 pm

I actually kinda look forward to going back to school, I've been out since 2013, and I would rather go to school than work full time like I do now. Even though school cuts into your personal night time at home and your not "done" at 5:30, it is you who determines how much effort and when to put into an assignment/or reading. Basically you call the shots, for better or for worse, not your boss. I like the autonomy.

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Re: Does anyone else get cold feet?

Postby fisheatbananas » Tue Apr 28, 2015 12:24 pm

misskatejd wrote:I actually kinda look forward to going back to school, I've been out since 2013, and I would rather go to school than work full time like I do now. Even though school cuts into your personal night time at home and your not "done" at 5:30, it is you who determines how much effort and when to put into an assignment/or reading. Basically you call the shots, for better or for worse, not your boss. I like the autonomy.


I agree, but for me the cold feet' par comes in when I think about what i'm going to do after graduation

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Re: Does anyone else get cold feet?

Postby mvp99 » Tue Apr 28, 2015 12:37 pm

I think
usn26 wrote:
fisheatbananas wrote:But my UG degree is useless by itself so that's more reason for me to go to law school...


The sentiment that launched a thousand train wreck legal careers.

Many (most?) legal degrees are useless by themselves. Just because you have a JD doesn't mean you'll get a job, as a lawyer or otherwise. And a BA in philosophy/english/sociology doesn't preclude you from getting a good job.

ETA: We just did the above spiel at my college...


I think partners can smell this from miles away..

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Re: Does anyone else get cold feet?

Postby FloridaCoastalorbust » Tue Apr 28, 2015 12:39 pm

I get cold feet all the time. Read 5-hour Work Week and you will too.

There's almost no room for entrepreneurialism in the legal industry. Being filthy rich these days means being an entrepreneur, not making a solid 6-figure income, shit-boomer style. So yea I'll be solid upper-middle, but I want more. So I do think about what I could do outside of law to get filthy rich. I just don't have the cajones -- going to law school is easy. It doesn't require daring.

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Re: Does anyone else get cold feet?

Postby misskatejd » Tue Apr 28, 2015 12:39 pm

fisheatbananas wrote:
misskatejd wrote:I actually kinda look forward to going back to school, I've been out since 2013, and I would rather go to school than work full time like I do now. Even though school cuts into your personal night time at home and your not "done" at 5:30, it is you who determines how much effort and when to put into an assignment/or reading. Basically you call the shots, for better or for worse, not your boss. I like the autonomy.


I agree, but for me the cold feet' par comes in when I think about what i'm going to do after graduation



Sorry, just read your question closer. True.

Can you delay your attendance a year? Assuming you haven't, maybe working in a law firm for awhile could help you get a better feel of what to expect and if you really want to pursue a career as an attorney. Plus, you will get invaluable advice from the attorneys working there.

I have been working at a law firm since a couple months prior to graduation. Best thing I ever did for myself. I have a better understanding of the day to day operations and have built a network within the local area, which always helps.

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Re: Does anyone else get cold feet?

Postby LawBron James » Tue Apr 28, 2015 12:49 pm

FloridaCoastalorbust wrote:I get cold feet all the time. Read 5-hour Work Week and you will too.

There's almost no room for entrepreneurialism in the legal industry. Being filthy rich these days means being an entrepreneur, not making a solid 6-figure income, shit-boomer style. So yea I'll be solid upper-middle, but I want more. So I do think about what I could do outside of law to get filthy rich. I just don't have the cajones -- going to law school is easy. It doesn't require daring.


I've thought about this a lot, and while I'm comfortable with the route that my JD is most likely going to take me, I still try to surround myself with entrepreneurial people as much as I can. Especially during law school (specifically 2L and 3L year), I think there's still the possibility of taking on a small role on the ground floor of something and seeing how it pans out. While even a T-14 JD isn't exactly the smartest way to go if you want to be an entrepreneur, it does add value (along with whatever other degree/WE you have) if that is the route you eventually want to take.

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Re: Does anyone else get cold feet?

Postby fisheatbananas » Tue Apr 28, 2015 12:55 pm

misskatejd wrote:
fisheatbananas wrote:
misskatejd wrote:I actually kinda look forward to going back to school, I've been out since 2013, and I would rather go to school than work full time like I do now. Even though school cuts into your personal night time at home and your not "done" at 5:30, it is you who determines how much effort and when to put into an assignment/or reading. Basically you call the shots, for better or for worse, not your boss. I like the autonomy.


I agree, but for me the cold feet' par comes in when I think about what i'm going to do after graduation



Sorry, just read your question closer. True.

Can you delay your attendance a year? Assuming you haven't, maybe working in a law firm for awhile could help you get a better feel of what to expect and if you really want to pursue a career as an attorney. Plus, you will get invaluable advice from the attorneys working there.

I have been working at a law firm since a couple months prior to graduation. Best thing I ever did for myself. I have a better understanding of the day to day operations and have built a network within the local area, which always helps.


I'm assuming this is directed to OP not me...

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Re: Does anyone else get cold feet?

Postby misskatejd » Tue Apr 28, 2015 1:16 pm

spideynutskllz wrote:I've already submitted my seat and housing deposit to a law school. Some days I'm happy and excited to start but other days I find myself rethinking my decision to attend law school. I wonder if it will be worth it and whether I should get a job in my undergraduate field instead. Anyone have comments?



Can you delay your attendance a year? Assuming you haven't, maybe working in a law firm for awhile could help you get a better feel of what to expect and if you really want to pursue a career as an attorney. Plus, you will get invaluable advice from the attorneys working there.

I have been working at a law firm since a couple months prior to graduation. Best thing I ever did for myself. I have a better understanding of the day to day operations and have built a network within the local area, which always helps.

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Re: Does anyone else get cold feet?

Postby smile0751 » Sat Jun 06, 2015 10:07 am

misskatejd wrote:I actually kinda look forward to going back to school, I've been out since 2013, and I would rather go to school than work full time like I do now. Even though school cuts into your personal night time at home and your not "done" at 5:30, it is you who determines how much effort and when to put into an assignment/or reading. Basically you call the shots, for better or for worse, not your boss. I like the autonomy.


So much of this....

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Re: Does anyone else get cold feet?

Postby orangered » Sat Jun 06, 2015 3:23 pm

I don't have cold feet about going to law school, but half of the time I feel I chose the wrong school. Still a 0L though, so hopefully that changes.

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Re: Does anyone else get cold feet?

Postby JGMotorsport » Wed Jun 10, 2015 7:09 pm

I'm getting cold feet occasionally myself.

We've all heard the horror stories and if you're a member here you know the proper way to do law school

Reasonable Debt+T50 or strong regional

I've met this requirement, but it still scares me. My fears aren't related to school but to employment (I've always been more of a worker myself), fortunately I have a position lined up if I want it in a tertiary market doing Small Law (I don't really want it but it wouldn't be the worst thing).




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