ze2151 wrote:well... you seem like a really intelligent, driven person. if you are going to score a 170 on the LSAT, then you are in the upper echelon of intelligence, no doubt about it. what revs your engines so much about legal practice? following are a few initial thoughts i had about your situation, granting that i know next to nothing about you personally.
1. You're smart, you like to have a plan, and you've got a business degree. what's stopping you from building a better mousetrap in some other field, or at least selling that better mousetrap? why not secure a loan to start a business? Or work in business? From the way you describe yourself, it's clear you've got marketable skills. You may have to start small, but you'll be starting small without being saddled with massive amounts of debt that can never be discharged.
2. If you can get your masters in accounting and get a job as an accountant in one year, why wouldn't you do that? Is the object of the game to do meaningful work or make big bucks? Either way you answer, you've got just as good of a shot achieving that object without the JD as with it, ESPECIALLY if you are going to take out beaucoup bucks to get the JD.
If you are independently wealthy, well, that would change things.
Might sound cliche, but it is the power of the word that interests me about law. Persuasion through words. Furthermore, professions and, more generally, life are so intertwined with the law. For example, GAAP's principles, procedures and standards that accountants have to adhere to are heavily influenced by the law. That is what differentiates us from Europe. Europe is less litigious and follows, in many instances, more lax rules when it comes to accounting because of this reason. So there you have it: The logic - or lack of logic - found in accounting is often driven by the law itself here in the U.S..
Don't know if I am smart. But I am confident that with ample practice I'll do fairly well on the LSAT. In other words, I believe that I have the aptitude coupled with the will to reach my aim.
1. Opening a business doesn't interest me. And yes, I'd like to think that I have a plan. That's why I didn't go for a liberal arts degree and put all my eggs into one basket. Regarding the debt, surely we've all heard the horror stories of late. Students with massive debt working at minimum-wage paying jobs, completely unrelated to their field. I believe that majoring in accounting will lessen the chances of that scenario. However, I also believe that getting into a top-ranked school will also ensure that doesn't happen.
2. Both are important to me. I want to make "big bucks" and ensure that what I do is meaningful and rewarding. But like I said, I have that romantic notion going on..