Why are you going to law school?

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What is your primary reason for attending/applying to law school

Dream of being a lawyer
89
36%
The money
68
27%
Don't have anything else to do
43
17%
Something else (explain below)
48
19%
 
Total votes: 248

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BigA
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Why are you going to law school?

Postby BigA » Fri Jan 22, 2010 6:53 am

I have to admit my primary reason is #3. Though there are many factors that contribute to me wanting to go, if I could get a good entry-level job in my field I'd probably take it. I keep hearing that you shouldn't go unless you're reason is #1. Or #2 possibly if you're at a Top 14. Well, I'm just hoping to get a pretty good score on the LSAT so I can somewhat justify going (next cycle).

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Re: Why are you going to law school?

Postby PDaddy » Fri Jan 22, 2010 7:00 am

All four answers apply to me. I love the power and influence that comes with being an attorney, and the law fascinates me. The prospect of having financial security is nice. Extreme wealth may/may not happen, but it's a good living for sure. And, is there a better time to go to law school than now, when the economy is so bleak? To me, that's just good sense. But if I were right out of school, I would be trying to work now instead.

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Re: Why are you going to law school?

Postby yourthug4life » Fri Jan 22, 2010 7:05 am

Dreamt of being one since I was a kid.

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beef wellington
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Re: Why are you going to law school?

Postby beef wellington » Fri Jan 22, 2010 7:07 am

I'm interested in law, I think I'd be good at it, I think I'd enjoy it.

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BigA
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Re: Why are you going to law school?

Postby BigA » Fri Jan 22, 2010 7:11 am

PDaddy wrote:And, is there a better time to go to law school than now


Can anyone answer this?

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beef wellington
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Re: Why are you going to law school?

Postby beef wellington » Fri Jan 22, 2010 7:16 am

BigA wrote:
PDaddy wrote:And, is there a better time to go to law school than now


Can anyone answer this?


Give me three years and I'll let you know. Definitely wouldn't want to be graduating right now. Applying isn't so hot either.

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LawandOrder
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Re: Why are you going to law school?

Postby LawandOrder » Fri Jan 22, 2010 8:38 am

Going cause of the money.

Oh wait there is no money anymore.

Nevermind not going.

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underachiever
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Re: Why are you going to law school?

Postby underachiever » Fri Jan 22, 2010 9:12 am

Models and bottles money...nah, just for the portability & versatility of the degree, to add a prestigious school/degree to my resume and the fact that at worst I would make a great slip n' fall or med mal. lawyer.

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underachiever
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Re: Why are you going to law school?

Postby underachiever » Fri Jan 22, 2010 9:13 am

BigA wrote:
PDaddy wrote:And, is there a better time to go to law school than now


Can anyone answer this?


2002-2006.....at my LS People in the bottom 10% got vault50 firm jobs...makes me sick

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vandalvideo
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Re: Why are you going to law school?

Postby vandalvideo » Fri Jan 22, 2010 10:02 am

The intellectual rigor involved with law school. I'm a fan of Aristotle's virtue ethics; self improvement being the primary one.

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Re: Why are you going to law school?

Postby Eruannon » Fri Jan 22, 2010 10:07 am

vandalvideo wrote:The intellectual rigor involved with law school. I'm a fan of Aristotle's virtue ethics; self improvement being the primary one.


I would second this, my primary reason is intellectual curiosity. The second is employment and upward mobility.

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Re: Why are you going to law school?

Postby thalassocrat » Fri Jan 22, 2010 10:17 am

Don't feel like prostitution and my teeth aren't straight enough/boobs aren't big enough for stripping anywhere decent.

But seriously, I'm fascinated by the law, how at works, and the times when it doesn't seem to so much. I don't really care about the money, so long as I'm making more than my parents do (which wouldn't be hard even with just my undergrad degree). And if I don't go, I really have no idea what else to do at this point. Nothing else really interests me.

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Re: Why are you going to law school?

Postby itsfine » Fri Jan 22, 2010 10:32 am

err body knowz, jd= just dollarz

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Ipsa Dixit
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Re: Why are you going to law school?

Postby Ipsa Dixit » Fri Jan 22, 2010 11:13 am

To help people.

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kittenmittons
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Re: Why are you going to law school?

Postby kittenmittons » Fri Jan 22, 2010 11:14 am

Models & Bottles

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Re: Why are you going to law school?

Postby pleasetryagain » Fri Jan 22, 2010 11:28 am

Image

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Re: Why are you going to law school?

Postby Thirteen » Fri Jan 22, 2010 11:35 am

beef wellington wrote:I'm interested in law, I think I'd be good at it, I think I'd enjoy it.


Any splitters feeling the urge to prove his or her intelligence? It isn't my primary motivating factor, but the chance to go toe-to-toe with my fellow classmates in the zero-sum game known as the law school grading curve is appealing.

Also, the money.

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Re: Why are you going to law school?

Postby UFMatt » Fri Jan 22, 2010 11:43 am

IP law. I'm more of a generalist, so the interdisciplinary nature of it appeals to me.

The world is also increasingly competitive. JDs may be flooding the market, but so are PhDs. Having both is still a relatively uncommon commodity.

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Re: Why are you going to law school?

Postby lawuntoherself » Fri Jan 22, 2010 12:06 pm

to learn the systems that govern us everyday. and be able to make some contribution to its improvement. maybe.

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Re: Why are you going to law school?

Postby DukeHopeful » Fri Jan 22, 2010 12:13 pm

My Cousin Vinny

Duh.

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MF248
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Re: Why are you going to law school?

Postby MF248 » Fri Jan 22, 2010 12:13 pm

Thirteen wrote:
beef wellington wrote:I'm interested in law, I think I'd be good at it, I think I'd enjoy it.


Any splitters feeling the urge to prove his or her intelligence? It isn't my primary motivating factor, but the chance to go toe-to-toe with my fellow classmates in the zero-sum game known as the law school grading curve is appealing.

Also, the money.


I'd take you toe-to-toe in bird law any day of the week.



EDIT: Woot! My post total now equals my LSAT score... I think I should stop posting, would probably do the forum a favor.

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gatorlion
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Re: Why are you going to law school?

Postby gatorlion » Fri Jan 22, 2010 12:21 pm

Career ambitions. The people who represent the United States at international environmental treaty negotiations are lawyers, not academics. Hence the change from PhD program to law school.

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echoi
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Re: Why are you going to law school?

Postby echoi » Fri Jan 22, 2010 12:51 pm

Need to in order to break into the field I want. All the other stuff is added bonus.

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Re: Why are you going to law school?

Postby JMBrown32 » Fri Jan 22, 2010 4:04 pm

life-long dream and I find the law quite fascinating.

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Re: Why are you going to law school?

Postby Kiersten1985 » Fri Jan 22, 2010 4:05 pm

DCD wrote:Image


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