Skool wrote:"Freshman year when I decided on law school" sounds almost like, when I was 18 or 19 and decided this woman was the love of my life.There's nothing wrong with wanting to go to the best schools you can get into. That's not the issue.MovingUnits wrote:I'm actually sorry I made this thread and had to defend myself for wanting to go to the best schools I could get into, for good reasons, and connect with others that share a similar background.
The issue is whether or not you have good reasons for wanting to go. Again, you've presented the fact that you've decided to go to law school after one year of college. Again, that justifiably gives many of us pause. And then, your interest in law school is predicated on the part of the legal profession that is the most removed from the job that most law graduates, even Yalies, end up getting in the legal profession: being a lawyer.
No one has more information about you then you. And you're telling us that you decided to dedicate your professional life to what is, as you know, one of the most difficult to attain legal jobs. And you made that decision as a 19 year old with one year of college. To those of us who don't know you, it sounds like a bit of a red flag. And trying to network with HYS students SPECIFICALLY when you haven't even taken the LSAT is slightly weird too. It's not like they have some sort of knowledge you need at the stage you're at that other students/grads can't offer you.
But maybe you're really the special snowflake who has things figured out since freshman year and I'm just getting it completely wrong. In my defense, if your goal of legal academia really is well-considered given the sequence of events you described, you really would be an unusual case.
If I were you, though, the real question I would be asking myself is not "what's the BLSA at HLS like," it's what's my plan B if I don't become a law professor? Would I be happy just being a work-a-day lawyer (or some other kind of academic)? Am I comfortable enough with my plan B that it's still worth it for me to spend the time and money applying to law school? Have I seen enough of the legal profession to know that I want to be a law professor and not, say, a death penalty lawyer (which isn't necessarily mutually exculsive).
But I don't know you.
Thanks -- I have asked myself all those important questions. But those are questions I can ask myself. What the BLSA is at HYS are things I cannot. My plan A certainly isn't becoming a law professor. However, it is to attend a top school and find employment of some type as an attorney. I am certainly not opposed to big law, clerkships, or even being a public defender. To be honest, I'm not exactly sure what type of law I'll like the most. I'm still really interested in legal academia and for now, that's what I would like to work toward. Aside from getting into a top school, there's not much else I can do right now at this point. That might change or likely never become a reality. If so, my HYS or T13 degree will hopefully ensure I can find some employment.
Thanks for the insight though. Also, I didn't make the decision as a 19-year-old in college either. Again, just conjecture and because I want to have a fucking goal and go for it I' must be a special snowflake. It just seems no matter what I write at this point someone's going to find some fucking issue with it. I've given up here and don't give a damn anymore about it.
Mods can we please lock the thread. It's useless and a few helpful people have PM'd me already.