HotSplit wrote:Don't go to law school. By the sound of it you're going to wind up in prison soon anyway.
Only thing worse than being imprisoned is having to pay off your law school debts once you're out.
A black female attorney in Indianapolis (cum laude grad from Univ. of Louisville - Brandeis School of Law) allegedly threatened to kill police officers, and her big law firm did not fire her. Instead, the firm paid for her representation and got her counseling. She is also prohibited from drinking or going to bars.
Don't assume that a person why may have psychological or emotional issues is automatically beyond the point of return. Alcoholism, drug use and other dysfunctional problems are widespread in the legal community, but the community is long noted for taking a progressive approach to those issues.
For example, where you see a white-collar criminal, the legal field sees an in-house special counselor assigned to corporate security.
While you may view OP as a potential menace who is unfit to practice law, there are lots of indigent defendants with mental health issues. Who better to defend them than a lawyer who overcame his own mental health issues and became a success?
What's more, the elite schools (esp.HYS) like to admit "special cases" (former convicts, etc.) every year. U-Mich famously guaranteed a spot to an incarcerated robber who honed his writing skills writing habeas briefs and appeals for other prisoners. He even wrote a Supreme Court Appeal!
To many, this appears to be unfair as it almost rewards people for bad behavior. But everyone must remember that the legal field is all about practicality...pragmatics...convenience...
Law schools use feel good stories to raise their profiles and increase their donations. Law firms are extremely image-conscious. We know that they are looking for brilliant minds to earn large profits, and they will always appeal to rich people.
But the poor? Law firms are constantly challenged to reaffirm that they serve the societal good, and there are former criminals, mentally ill folks, drug addicts, and white-collar criminals working for them.
For all of these reasons there is always a chance that OP can turn things around and become part of the club.