AffirmativeOffense wrote:State TTTs are cheap, but not always a good bet either. A lot of the job losses in the legal industry are structural and permanent rather than temporary (see the latest NYT article). A lot of the low level work that small firms and solos used to do has been made more efficient by websites, etc. There is a trend here. The legal market is stagnant at best; it's not a growth industry like health care or education. These cheap state TTTs and other TTTs you get a scholarship at are good values compared to other law schools, but they're teaching you a skill and giving you a credential that is losing value in today's economy. That is the problem with attending TTTs and even good law schools. They heyday is over. Analyze the cost of attending TTTs under the prism of the new market reality. Would you be better off going to law school for 3 years, or going back to grad school to be a nurse, doctor, or teacher? Choose wisely.
It takes a different skill set and interest set to be a nurse, doctor, or teacher than it does to be a lawyer.
Nurses also stand on their feet all day, work with a lot of bitchy petty females, and are looked down on significantly by the doctor, the senior nurses, and anyone not the patient who they are a blessing to. The work environment, from my previous research, involves a lot of petty bickering based on who is a certificate nurse, associate nurse, bachelor's nurse, master's nurse...they're all nurses to the patient and the doctor, but there is a lot of false superiority going on based on how long you studied before you took the NCLEX.
The associate's RN is suppose to be 2 years, but the prerequisites such as microbiology and anatomy and physiology I and II ensure that you spend at least 3 years getting a 2 year degree. So then you might as well go for the bachelor's nursing if you doing that.
It takes a certain calling to go through the hell it takes to become a doctor.
And everybody and their mother is a teacher because it's a guaranteed job unless the county you are in decides to cut back on the budget by cutting you...and from the declining state of public education I would say going into teaching just for a job is a terrible thing to do to those kids. Some of the people who switched majors to education after they realized the b.s. journalism degree or whatever wasn't going to get them a job don't even LIKE children! Why are these people training the minds of tomorrow?
Some people are assholes and have no bedside manner and should never be near an un-well person. Neither as a nurse nor as a doctor.
There are some things that people rather have a lawyer navigate the paperwork for rather than do it on their own. Immigration and family law are two bread and butter fields of law that are not full of awe and glitz like the law most of TLS is interested in, but they are ALWAYS there and will never go anywhere.
For URMs there are still not enough lawyers who look like them and people, from my observations, tend to go for a lawyer with the same background or similar when at all possible. Unless the existing options look incapable then they go for a Jewish lawyer (true words from a real person!) So law is a slowing field but it depends on what you want to do and what your existing connections are to the law. What I want to do with my degree is still possible even if every biglaw company folds and drops dead. Knowing that I don't have to panic as much.