rad lulz wrote: flem wrote:
JDYesPlease wrote:So then where is the cut-off?
At any point where the debt you must take on to attend the school will likely not justify the outcome. But it's not as simple as just saying everything after X number is shit.
And this is just for risk/reward.
If I actually wanted a solid shot at a full time job as an actual lawyer, there about a hundred schools, at least, that I would not go to.
This is a really valid point. If you just want to attend law school because you want to further some educational goal or enhance your opportunity then attending any law school that will accept you for the absolute lowest amount of debt possible is the best idea.
Would you be happy graduating from your law school making 25% less than what you make now? It's quite possible that after going to law school the only legal job you'll qualify for will start off at $45k. Would you be okay with that? Most of the schools that admit students with LSATs below 160 and/or GPA below ~3.3 are going to be ultra competitive, in markets that have a small legal market, and typically have tuition and COL that rival those schools in the top 10.
If you want to practice law you really need to consider your realistic opportunities coming out of law school. As you stated you can always start your own practice (and as someone stated after that, you are going to find it difficult, but not impossible because of the pure lack of relevant legal skills you lack after graduation).
If you want to do a specific type of legal work after law school you have to give strong consideration to where you attend, your debt coming out, and then weigh the risk/reward.
One additional factor is what you do now. You have roughly 7 years of WE iirc, and if attending law school will further your current career and basically guarantee a pay raise in your current field then attending a local law school with otherwise bleak employment prospects may be worth it. The ROI is going to be different than someone entering the work force for the first time and whose first career is law. But if you plan to completely leave behind your prior career and are depending on law school to be the new career then in addition to all the other factors surrounding attending a specific law school generally, you should absolutely consider whether graduating from your law school of choice will provide you with a better career (and I use better because it's a subjective term) than your current career without law school.