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Considering law school....

Postby NoJob » Thu Aug 26, 2010 4:03 pm

For any 0L or incoming 1L, spend two days in any major courthouse and witness the demeanor of the attorneys around u. Are they happy? Some are, but the vast majority exude their anguish. I am saying this because even if you get through law school, you have the misery of the profession. There are joys of being a lawyer: being an expert in your area of law. But, there is a reason that JDs have some of the highest rate of substance abuse of any profession. It is an awful job/life. If you want it, go for it, but for most, you will be disappointed assuming you have the grades.

Remember that once you have the JD, you have closed the door on anything other than being a lawyer with the debt.

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Re: Considering law school....

Postby bk1 » Thu Aug 26, 2010 4:06 pm

Yes, because every other profession is rainbows and flutterbies. Or is it butterflies? I can never remember.

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Re: Considering law school....

Postby brosef stalin » Thu Aug 26, 2010 4:06 pm

None of us have ever heard anything like this before.

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Re: Considering law school....

Postby GATORTIM » Thu Aug 26, 2010 4:14 pm

::rubs index finger and thumb up and down on either side of chin to lower-lip while staring out window contemplating inner-workings of the legal system:: hmmmm....

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Re: Considering law school....

Postby jayn3 » Thu Aug 26, 2010 4:15 pm

whoops, guess i'll be withdrawing my acceptance this afternoon

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Re: Considering law school....

Postby ResolutePear » Thu Aug 26, 2010 4:18 pm

I'm planning to be a lawyer for the sole purposes of bankrupting people, making them cry, and perhaps help them contemplate suicide.

That's right. Death and tears feed me in the most erotic of ways.

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Re: Considering law school....

Postby GettingReady2010 » Thu Aug 26, 2010 4:18 pm

Wow. OP completely broke open the law school myth. Up until this point everyone on TLS thought that lawyers are infatuated with their jobs, work 35 hours a week, and make 7 figures.

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Re: Considering law school....

Postby GATORTIM » Thu Aug 26, 2010 4:19 pm

GettingReady2010 wrote:Wow. OP completely broke open the law school myth. Up until this point everyone on TLS thought lawyers infatuated with their jobs, work 35 hours a week, and make 7 figures.


wait! Are you implying that they don't?!

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Re: Considering law school....

Postby ResolutePear » Thu Aug 26, 2010 4:20 pm

jayn3 wrote:whoops, guess i'll be withdrawing my acceptance this afternoon


HURRY GET TO THA CHOPPA!! ADMISSIONS OFFACE!!

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Re: Considering law school....

Postby ResolutePear » Thu Aug 26, 2010 4:22 pm

GATORTIM wrote:
GettingReady2010 wrote:Wow. OP completely broke open the law school myth. Up until this point everyone on TLS thought lawyers infatuated with their jobs, work 35 hours a week, and make 7 figures.


wait! Are you implying that they don't?!


People say they work 80 hours a week, but I think it's just 45 hours of golf mixed into it... you know, for making sure you can play the other 35 hours good while talking to clients.

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Re: Considering law school....

Postby rdcws000 » Thu Aug 26, 2010 5:26 pm

I imagine there is a high correlation between miserable lawyers and those who went into law school for money and not because they wanted to be lawyers.

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Re: Considering law school....

Postby ResolutePear » Thu Aug 26, 2010 5:38 pm

rdcws000 wrote:I imagine there is a high correlation between miserable lawyers and those who went into law school for money and not because they wanted to be lawyers. did not make the amount of income they intended to make

fify

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Re: Considering law school....

Postby GettingReady2010 » Thu Aug 26, 2010 5:43 pm

+1

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Re: Considering law school....

Postby Grizz » Thu Aug 26, 2010 5:53 pm

I already abuse substances so who the hell cares. I'm in it for the models and bottles anyways.

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Re: Considering law school....

Postby ResolutePear » Thu Aug 26, 2010 5:55 pm

rad law wrote:I already abuse substances so who the hell cares. I'm in it for the models and bottles anyways.


Call me when you throw your next "blow bash".

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Re: Considering law school....

Postby Patriot1208 » Thu Aug 26, 2010 5:55 pm

rad law wrote:I already abuse substances so who the hell cares. I'm in it for the models and bottles anyways.


Yup, I already abuse substances and am currently miserable, will it be worse if i'm making 6 figures?

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Re: Considering law school....

Postby Grizz » Thu Aug 26, 2010 5:56 pm

ResolutePear wrote:
rad law wrote:I already abuse substances so who the hell cares. I'm in it for the models and bottles anyways.


Call me when you throw your next "blow bash".


I got a great ski trip planned for this summer as well.

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Re: Considering law school....

Postby NoJob » Thu Aug 26, 2010 5:57 pm

bk1 wrote:Yes, because every other profession is rainbows and flutterbies. Or is it butterflies? I can never remember.


Just because other professions are not doing so well is hardly a rebuttal to the original argument. The joy of dealing with 0Ls.

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Re: Considering law school....

Postby jayn3 » Thu Aug 26, 2010 5:57 pm

ResolutePear wrote:
rad law wrote:I already abuse substances so who the hell cares. I'm in it for the models and bottles anyways.


Call me when you throw your next "blow bash".

this is why i bought a glass top desk. i plan to cut lines with my casebooks just to be better prepared for the rigors of firm life.

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Re: Considering law school....

Postby ResolutePear » Thu Aug 26, 2010 5:58 pm

rad law wrote:
ResolutePear wrote:
rad law wrote:I already abuse substances so who the hell cares. I'm in it for the models and bottles anyways.


Call me when you throw your next "blow bash".


I got a great ski trip planned for this summer as well.


Sounds like something I don't know anything about but would like the idea of doing it.

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Re: Considering law school....

Postby 2014 » Thu Aug 26, 2010 5:59 pm

Screw law school. I've seen the light and am going to teach elementary school instead so that I can have a meaningful impact on people's lives. $27k/year here I come!

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Re: Considering law school....

Postby ResolutePear » Thu Aug 26, 2010 6:04 pm

2014 wrote:Screw law school. I've seen the light and am going to teach elementary school instead so that I can have a meaningful impact on people's lives. $27k/year here I come!



My second grade teacher was a dick so I got a black eye and reported that he did it to me. Then when everybody was in the office(cops, teacher, administrative, parents, etc.), I said: Eh, just kidding.

He died from a heart attack a year later. Making 28k. At a relatively young age... 35-45. Yep.

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Re: Considering law school....

Postby saucie » Thu Aug 26, 2010 6:13 pm

NoJob wrote:
bk1 wrote:Yes, because every other profession is rainbows and flutterbies. Or is it butterflies? I can never remember.


Just because other professions are not doing so well is hardly a rebuttal to the original argument. The joy of dealing with 0Ls.


The original argument is that you can tell that being a lawyer is a crappy job by looking at the sad faces of lawyers around a courthouse. I think bk1's response was an adequate rebuttal to such an argument.

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Re: Considering law school....

Postby Barbie » Thu Aug 26, 2010 6:18 pm

saucie wrote:
NoJob wrote:
bk1 wrote:Yes, because every other profession is rainbows and flutterbies. Or is it butterflies? I can never remember.


Just because other professions are not doing so well is hardly a rebuttal to the original argument. The joy of dealing with 0Ls.


The original argument is that you can tell that being a lawyer is a crappy job by looking at the sad faces of lawyers around a courthouse. I think bk1's response was an adequate rebuttal to such an argument.


I would be interested to know what percentage of lawyers actually spend a substantial amount of time in the courts. At the firm I work for, it's pretty rare.

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Re: Considering law school....

Postby 2014 » Thu Aug 26, 2010 6:20 pm

ResolutePear wrote:
2014 wrote:Screw law school. I've seen the light and am going to teach elementary school instead so that I can have a meaningful impact on people's lives. $27k/year here I come!



My second grade teacher was a dick so I got a black eye and reported that he did it to me. Then when everybody was in the office(cops, teacher, administrative, parents, etc.), I said: Eh, just kidding.

He died from a heart attack a year later. Making 28k. At a relatively young age... 35-45. Yep.

Did you give yourself the black eye or did you make the most out of someone else giving you one?




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