iagolives wrote:Yeah, I've had the same thing happen to me. I have a family that is devoid of lawyers (I mean ENTIRELY devoid) except for one distant cousin who is a lawyer and hates her job. Every time I see her at a family get-together, she tries to talk me out of it.pinkflamingo wrote:Ok, so I'm like 24 hours late, but I'd be down for a TLS HLS meet-up. As for the almond butter... I think I still prefer peanut.
On another note: So I was working with an attorney today, and my coworker told him that I'm starting law school this fall. He asked me, "Why?!" and then proceeded to encourage me to think twice. Seriously? Does this happen to anyone else? Granted, he is a *very* small town lawyer who deals with mostly tedious and depressing family law cases, but still. This isn't the first time I've had an attorney act like I was crazy for going to law school. What's the deal? And really? I mean, I'm already committed to this, and clearly excited about it. Why try to put me down for trying to enter your profession?
Sorry. I'm done ranting now.
My solution to this won't work for that many people, but, since I want to go into academia, I answer thier "why woudl you go to law school?" with an in-depth speech over my research interests. The one time I tried it, she walked away with a "Well, I wish you good luck!" about halfway through my second dead economist, haha.
I sympathize, though. Just remember when you are an awesome, successful lawyer to be a bit more optimistic than these attorneys.
I think I'm pretty lucky with this. Most people who I think are going to try and talk me out of it ask where I'm going. They say oh, and just kind of shy away. Like 99% of the lawyers who know me are more excited about my going to law school than I am.