Veyron wrote: MrKappus wrote: Veyron wrote:
^ No idea what he's talking about. I followed this advice - I'm glad I went to my UG, one of the more prestigious schools in this country of ours, for a host of reasons and everything turned out all right at the end but I assure
you that ASU had more grade inflation.
If law school had been my only goal I would have definately been better served going to ASU (and of course I would have had more fun and paid less
^ No idea what he's talking about. At 17, you are not even close to the person you're going to be in life. To advise someone to take a route based on the notion that it's the best way to a 4.0 for LS admissions is the stupidest advice I've ever heard. I also went to an elite school (though I don't feel the need to make its coat of arms my 'tar), and the options for afterwards, whether you like saying it or not, are far superior to those of a state school. Also, OP may decide in 5 years he/she doesn't want to go to LS (god forbid). There may not even be a legal industry in 5 years, if you believe some of the posters on TLS.
The problem with our profession is that we don't have enough people like the OP and we have too many people for whom law school is an passionless fallback. I've wanted to be a lawyer for most of my life so I feel that the OP's assertion that thats wants to be a lawyer is worthy of respect. If he does, the route I have outlined is the best. If he has doubts, its arguable whether the cost of going to an elite school justifies the extra debt and is very much a matter of personal preference.
I don't really have doubts, and I'm not the type of person who changes my views/goals monthly. The main reason I'd like to be a lawyer is because I feel it would be the best job, given my strengths. Another reason is so I don't have to struggle every month to pay bills (I've seen far too much of this), so obviously money is a factor, although not my one and only goal.
I realize that the job market is competitive for graduating lawyers, and I'm an extremely competitive person, which would force me to work as hard as possible during ugrad + lawschool
I also realize the debt that I would get in, and the starting salary for freshly graduated lawyers.
I'm looking at it from all different angles, and these responses from you guys are extremely helpful
If you have anymore to add - please do