IAFG wrote:ConMan345 wrote:miamiman wrote:IAFG wrote:i dont understand how the fact that it's a common concern makes it ok to forge ahead anyway. my point is, if you have doubts, and feel like you are going because your liberal arts degree aren't opening prestigious doors, explore law with a job, not six-figure debt.
I actually disagree with this (and strongly). Everyone I've ever known that was or is a paralegal, many of whom were on a fast-track towards law school, quickly ruled out law as a career path. They quite simply hated their job. Current attorneys I know, ones who even enjoy their job (!), admit that they, too, would probably have ruled out law if they had done paralegal work.
The fact is that baby-stepping towards law school will not, on average, inform your decision any more than jumping in head first.
I'm a paralegal/law clerk right now and I can vouch for this. I don't hate my job, but only because I get to do things an associate would do at a large firm because ours is so small. When it starts getting to me, I just think about having the attorneys' jobs and and excited for law school again.
so... it DID give you a good idea of what it's like to be a lawyer and inform your decision, then?
Haha, yeah, "this" was rather vague, I meant that it gave me a good idea of what it's like to be a certain kind of lawyer (let's not whitewash, here), but it also isn't like being a lawyer.