BankruptMe wrote:I dont know maybe I am old school.
But I am going to go to law school to be an actual lawyer, clerk, work for the fed gov in a legal role and at the very bottom ADA/PD.
Most students have no clue why they are going to law school. I have visited AU and from what I here, there and GW, a lot of people are CLUELESS about law, the legal job market and they think their law degree is an entry point to politics. And when you ask them what is "working in politics," they have no clue what that even means. And at AU, there is a focus on "public international law." I remember in my tour group there was ivy league students saying they love that AU focuses on that. If I never would have visited, and saw it for myself, I would not have applied. For instance, at the job I worked at, I know a girl who said she didnt know what to do with her life next, she had a 3.9 GPA.....well, guess where she is at law school now....
I even asked about corporate law, and they said "oh, a lot of people dont really pursue that here...." and shot me a dirty look. lmao. So I think part of the lack of jobs is that the students do not know how to hustle, or they are in law school to find themselves.
I would agree with that statement if WCL was anywhere else in the country. DC, though to be fair, does have a different sent of rules when it comes to what you can do with a law degree. (WITH THE CAVEAT THAT YOU NETWORK AND HAVE CONNECTIONS). Again, I am not advocating taking on insane debt just to work on a campaign. But, a law degree CAN open doors on the Hill, at a think tank (especially if paired with an MPP), or at a government relations firm. And those jobs are nothing to poo poo either. The best paid lawyers in DC are not traditional BigLaw Partners. They are lobbyists. I know a number of folks with law degrees on the Hill who could easily earn a BigLaw salary if they shift to the private sector.
My point is this, do LIMIT the amount of debt you take on during law school. DO NOT think that a law degree is strictly legal in DC. Anywhere else, that is true. I will say, lastly, these kinds of jobs can often be HARDER than traditional legal jobs to secure. They often rely more on connections, networking, and, of course, the right political views. But they do exist, and a law degree can give you the edge to secure them.