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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GATORTIM
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Re: Why are you going to law school?

Postby GATORTIM » Tue Jan 26, 2010 6:39 pm

laidoffjournalist wrote:Anyone going to law school to get rich (or for animated gifs of black people with money) is probably in for a big surprise.


the guy in the aforementioned gif went to a t-14...if it worked for him, maybe it will for me too

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Re: Why are you going to law school?

Postby bighead715 » Tue Jan 26, 2010 6:44 pm

so that i may bed my female law student counterparts in order to demolish their confidence and score better than them.

i am a gunner. a different kind.

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Re: Why are you going to law school?

Postby Thirteen » Tue Jan 26, 2010 6:47 pm

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Re: Why are you going to law school?

Postby scionb4 » Tue Jan 26, 2010 6:53 pm

I honestly think I'll be good at it, particularly litigation/mediation/negotiation, and it is a much more versatile degree than the one I am getting now.

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Re: Why are you going to law school?

Postby laidoffjournalist » Tue Jan 26, 2010 11:24 pm

scionb4 wrote:I honestly think I'll be good at it, particularly litigation/mediation/negotiation, and it is a much more versatile degree than the one I am getting now.

It's a versatile degree if you consider "being a lawyer" versatile. ;)

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Re: Why are you going to law school?

Postby ughOSU » Wed Jan 27, 2010 12:09 am

bighead715 wrote:so that i may bed my female law student counterparts in order to demolish their confidence and score better than them.

i am a gunner. a different kind.

I am in a similar situation, but unfortunately I am so good looking that bedding them will likely increase their confidence... I'm going for med students.

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Re: Why are you going to law school?

Postby rockchalk86 » Wed Jan 27, 2010 12:01 pm

I'm trying to get a job on a new Law and Order series so I figured an actual JD would only add authenticity to my role... but seriously, the smartest people I know are lawyers and I really respect their ability to tear apart anything anyone says while still seeming to be a genuine person. There is a difference between being a badass and a suave smartass with money.

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Re: Why are you going to law school?

Postby pleasetryagain » Wed Jan 27, 2010 12:40 pm

rockchalk86 wrote:I'm trying to get a job on a new Law and Order series so I figured an actual JD would only add authenticity to my role... but seriously, the smartest people I know are lawyers and I really respect their ability to tear apart anything anyone says while still seeming to be a genuine person. There is a difference between being a badass and a suave smartass with money.


Id take either..

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Re: Why are you going to law school?

Postby washed out » Fri Jan 29, 2010 7:49 pm

Because I'm baller.

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Re: Why are you going to law school?

Postby nematoad » Fri Jan 29, 2010 7:50 pm

save the world

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Re: Why are you going to law school?

Postby kevin261186 » Fri Jan 29, 2010 7:53 pm

because the firm I currently work at will definitely re-hire me after I get a JD. Bring on the Benjamins.

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Re: Why are you going to law school?

Postby lakerfanimal » Sat Jan 30, 2010 1:38 pm

if i wanted money i would've become a doctor or a banker (although i don't know how much money you can get from that); the law is something that fascinates me especially because there's no absolute right answer ever, it changes from situation to situation.. that's pretty cool. i think i could be good at it too :p

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Re: Why are you going to law school?

Postby heyguys » Sat Jan 30, 2010 1:41 pm

I often wonder how this would break down by ranking of school. So, for instance, would a lower ranked school attract more people who 'dreamed of being a lawyer' while the higher ranked school that has a more solid employment base attract the 'didn't have anything else to do' crowd, or would it be an even mix?

/discuss

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Re: Why are you going to law school?

Postby lakerfanimal » Sat Jan 30, 2010 1:45 pm

heyguys wrote:I often wonder how this would break down by ranking of school. So, for instance, would a lower ranked school attract more people who 'dreamed of being a lawyer' while the higher ranked school that has a more solid employment base attract the 'didn't have anything else to do' crowd, or would it be an even mix?

/discuss


that's pretty interesting. i feel like you almost HAVE to stereotype to make statements about what you're talking about. having said that, and i'm definitely stereotyping, i feel like with lower ranked schools you'll probably have more of the "i've wanted to be a lawyer since i was 3" crowd. BUT I feel like you'll get a good amount of those in great schools like HYS too, it's just that these types of people in these schools probably have very high-powered/wealthy parents. again, i know i'm stereotyping so i hope nobody gets offended or anything.

i have no idea about the didn't have anything else to do crowd.. it's hard for me to comprehend why someone would spend 150K+ because they didn't have anything else to do, but to each their own.

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Re: Why are you going to law school?

Postby MTal » Sat Jan 30, 2010 1:57 pm

Upon reading this thread, I am reminded of a quote by Frederick Nietzche...

“Insanity in individuals is something rare - but in groups, parties, nations, epochs, and TLS members, it is the rule.”

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Re: Why are you going to law school?

Postby Yimbeezy » Sat Jan 30, 2010 2:07 pm

MTal wrote:Upon reading this thread, I am reminded of a quote by Frederick Nietzche...

“Insanity in individuals is something rare - but in groups, parties, nations, epochs, and TLS members, it is the rule.”

I tend to find the real quote hilarious in light of who said it.

But in this context, it simply reflects the writer's irritating, self-righteous attitude.

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Re: Why are you going to law school?

Postby heyguys » Sat Jan 30, 2010 2:12 pm

lakerfanimal wrote:
heyguys wrote:I often wonder how this would break down by ranking of school. So, for instance, would a lower ranked school attract more people who 'dreamed of being a lawyer' while the higher ranked school that has a more solid employment base attract the 'didn't have anything else to do' crowd, or would it be an even mix?

/discuss


that's pretty interesting. i feel like you almost HAVE to stereotype to make statements about what you're talking about. having said that, and i'm definitely stereotyping, i feel like with lower ranked schools you'll probably have more of the "i've wanted to be a lawyer since i was 3" crowd. BUT I feel like you'll get a good amount of those in great schools like HYS too, it's just that these types of people in these schools probably have very high-powered/wealthy parents. again, i know i'm stereotyping so i hope nobody gets offended or anything.

i have no idea about the didn't have anything else to do crowd.. it's hard for me to comprehend why someone would spend 150K+ because they didn't have anything else to do, but to each their own.


Meh, you spend the 150k because you understand it as an investment. I didn't have anything in particular I wanted to do, so I figured "Hey, I'll study for the LSAT" (this was when the economy was booming). I ended up doing well on the LSAT, and got into a HYSCCN, so I figured "hey, I guess I'll just go to law school--seems like a safe bet and something to do." I don't think that's unreasonable. However, if I were to be saying "Hey, I got into [insert lower ranked private school that costs 45k/yr]," I think that sort of decision would be made more by people who've wanted to be lawyers their whole lives.

There are plenty of very clever people (or people just good at standardized tests, as it were) who either don't know or don't particularly care about what they end up doing career-wise. I think a ton of them end up populating the best schools because they are the more intellectually able, regardless of whether they've 'always wanted to be a lawyer.' On the other hand, I would imagine a ton of people who want to be lawyers no matter what the cost (which is admirable, if maybe not the best decision financially) who might end up at the Cooleys of the world.

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Re: Why are you going to law school?

Postby Doritos » Sat Jan 30, 2010 6:28 pm

heyguys wrote:
lakerfanimal wrote:
heyguys wrote:I often wonder how this would break down by ranking of school. So, for instance, would a lower ranked school attract more people who 'dreamed of being a lawyer' while the higher ranked school that has a more solid employment base attract the 'didn't have anything else to do' crowd, or would it be an even mix?

/discuss


that's pretty interesting. i feel like you almost HAVE to stereotype to make statements about what you're talking about. having said that, and i'm definitely stereotyping, i feel like with lower ranked schools you'll probably have more of the "i've wanted to be a lawyer since i was 3" crowd. BUT I feel like you'll get a good amount of those in great schools like HYS too, it's just that these types of people in these schools probably have very high-powered/wealthy parents. again, i know i'm stereotyping so i hope nobody gets offended or anything.

i have no idea about the didn't have anything else to do crowd.. it's hard for me to comprehend why someone would spend 150K+ because they didn't have anything else to do, but to each their own.


Meh, you spend the 150k because you understand it as an investment. I didn't have anything in particular I wanted to do, so I figured "Hey, I'll study for the LSAT" (this was when the economy was booming). I ended up doing well on the LSAT, and got into a HYSCCN, so I figured "hey, I guess I'll just go to law school--seems like a safe bet and something to do." I don't think that's unreasonable. However, if I were to be saying "Hey, I got into [insert lower ranked private school that costs 45k/yr]," I think that sort of decision would be made more by people who've wanted to be lawyers their whole lives.

There are plenty of very clever people (or people just good at standardized tests, as it were) who either don't know or don't particularly care about what they end up doing career-wise. I think a ton of them end up populating the best schools because they are the more intellectually able, regardless of whether they've 'always wanted to be a lawyer.' On the other hand, I would imagine a ton of people who want to be lawyers no matter what the cost (which is admirable, if maybe not the best decision financially) who might end up at the Cooleys of the world.



I agree. I dont see whats wrong with going to law school because you are interested in law and want a white collar career with decent pay and decent responsibility. No, not everyone gets biglaw but most do just fine. Some schools are scams but just like any other investment take a realistic look at what you are getting yourself into and make your assessment. You don't need to have dreamed of being a lawyer since you were 10 to make law school worth it IMO. Mtal may disagree and thats OK.

p.s. heyguys i like that you are attending Yale and put HYSCCN. You are a humble person and thats an excellent trait to have.

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Re: Why are you going to law school?

Postby billyez » Sat Jan 30, 2010 7:24 pm

I want to help people. I'm going to UVA, but I would have gone to a tier 4 school if that's all I could have gotten into. I know what I want to do and know the exact career paths I want to follow.

Please don't take this the wrong way, but I always thought it was odd that people wanted to go to law school without having a specific plan for their legal career. By all accounts, I'm what they call a square so maybe it's just me.

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Re: Why are you going to law school?

Postby lakerfanimal » Sun Jan 31, 2010 12:29 pm

Doritos wrote:
heyguys wrote:
lakerfanimal wrote:
heyguys wrote:I often wonder how this would break down by ranking of school. So, for instance, would a lower ranked school attract more people who 'dreamed of being a lawyer' while the higher ranked school that has a more solid employment base attract the 'didn't have anything else to do' crowd, or would it be an even mix?

/discuss


that's pretty interesting. i feel like you almost HAVE to stereotype to make statements about what you're talking about. having said that, and i'm definitely stereotyping, i feel like with lower ranked schools you'll probably have more of the "i've wanted to be a lawyer since i was 3" crowd. BUT I feel like you'll get a good amount of those in great schools like HYS too, it's just that these types of people in these schools probably have very high-powered/wealthy parents. again, i know i'm stereotyping so i hope nobody gets offended or anything.

i have no idea about the didn't have anything else to do crowd.. it's hard for me to comprehend why someone would spend 150K+ because they didn't have anything else to do, but to each their own.


Meh, you spend the 150k because you understand it as an investment. I didn't have anything in particular I wanted to do, so I figured "Hey, I'll study for the LSAT" (this was when the economy was booming). I ended up doing well on the LSAT, and got into a HYSCCN, so I figured "hey, I guess I'll just go to law school--seems like a safe bet and something to do." I don't think that's unreasonable. However, if I were to be saying "Hey, I got into [insert lower ranked private school that costs 45k/yr]," I think that sort of decision would be made more by people who've wanted to be lawyers their whole lives.

There are plenty of very clever people (or people just good at standardized tests, as it were) who either don't know or don't particularly care about what they end up doing career-wise. I think a ton of them end up populating the best schools because they are the more intellectually able, regardless of whether they've 'always wanted to be a lawyer.' On the other hand, I would imagine a ton of people who want to be lawyers no matter what the cost (which is admirable, if maybe not the best decision financially) who might end up at the Cooleys of the world.



I agree. I dont see whats wrong with going to law school because you are interested in law and want a white collar career with decent pay and decent responsibility. No, not everyone gets biglaw but most do just fine. Some schools are scams but just like any other investment take a realistic look at what you are getting yourself into and make your assessment. You don't need to have dreamed of being a lawyer since you were 10 to make law school worth it IMO. Mtal may disagree and thats OK.

p.s. heyguys i like that you are attending Yale and put HYSCCN. You are a humble person and thats an excellent trait to have.


I took when he said "nothing else to do" as sort of being "no reason" which I guess was presumptuous on my part. But even you who claim you didn't have "anything in particular to do" seem like you are excited about the intellectual challenges that law school will offer you up. What I referred to is that it's hard for me to understand why someone would cough up that much money for law school when they have nothing else to do and no reason to go to law school (I know, I shouldn't assume).

But amen to doritos, I clicked on your profile and was like WOW. Props to you for not being haughty about it heyguys!

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Re: Why are you going to law school?

Postby aIvin adams » Sun Jan 31, 2010 12:41 pm

ive been doing exactly the type of work that i want to do for the last two years.

within that line of work i could have jobs and responsibilities that are much closer to what i want to be doing if i were a lawyer.

so im giving up a great job that i love with pay that is more than enough for me to go back to school.

law school better be OK.

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Re: Why are you going to law school?

Postby unbeknownst » Thu Feb 04, 2010 3:07 pm

I want to go through life without having to hire a lawyer. I also never want to feel like I am getting ripped off.

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Re: Why are you going to law school?

Postby GATORTIM » Fri Feb 05, 2010 9:18 pm

Image

culpepper kurland law firm...perhaps the most ridic commercials in history

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Re: Why are you going to law school?

Postby scionb4 » Mon Feb 08, 2010 12:57 am

unbeknownst wrote:I want to go through life without having to hire a lawyer. I also never want to feel like I am getting ripped off.


Paying for law school and getting ripped off go hand-in-hand.

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Re: Why are you going to law school?

Postby reasonable_man » Mon Feb 08, 2010 1:00 am

unbeknownst wrote:I want to go through life without having to hire a lawyer. I also never want to feel like I am getting ripped off.


A lawyer that represents him/her self has a fool for a client...




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