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If you contemplate joining the legal profession to have fun and to be happy, keep in mind that there's a higher percentage of depression and mental illness among lawyers than other professionals. Attorneys are 4 times more likely to be depressed than the public at large. They have the highest depression rate of any occupational group, and about 20% of them have a substance abuse problem, twice the rate of Americans in general. It is also estimated that 20-40% of law students -- even those entering with the same psychological profile of the public generally -- leave law school with some psychological dysfunction such as depression, substance abuse, or various stress-related disorders. She notes that this percentage is not only unusually high, but is not matched by medical students, for example, who are usually thought to undergo probably the most stressful form of professional training possible. The percentages are lower among medical students.

Now you may say, I'm going to law school for the intellectual challenge. Well, you're likely to be disappointed if you do litigation. You can look forward to endless cycles of scut work ... relentlessly repetitive and strangely unconnected to a dimly recollected purpose in choosing law. And if you go to law school to be loved and respected, forget it! The public perceives lawyers as greedy, arrogant and dishonest.

If you go to law school to get rich, there's some hope that you can achieve that goal, but you will be miserable even when you are rich. Most lawyers are so unhappy with what they're doing, whether they go to work for that big firm that's offering them the big bucks or pursue a career in public interest law.

Current Law Students / Re: Psychopath attorneys
« on: July 13, 2006, 12:00:27 AM »

How do you do this thing? Just curious!

Current Law Students / Re: Law Schools To Avoid At All Costs!
« on: July 12, 2006, 11:55:53 PM »

Ok, so here is the reason to avoid lower ranked law schools. It has nothing to do with quality of the professorate, although they may be better at better schools, and it has nothing to do with the students, although they may too be better at better schools.  The REAL reason why better schools are better is because of the opportunity offered by those better schools.  Education in America is essentially used by employers to sort individuals.  If you donít agree/understand this then you arenít living in the same nation as me.  Obviously this is not as important to solo practitioners.  This is the single most important that an individual should choose a better regarded PROFESSIONAL school, because it opens more doors.  If you would like there are many books asserting my thesis (as if it really must be reasoned, it is so obvious that it's not necessary to state it) including my favorite "The Big Test: The Secret of the American Meritocracy"


Current Law Students / Re: Arbitraritness of Grades
« on: July 12, 2006, 11:52:28 PM »
you meant, jippy, nope, thank god my school does not do that...

Current Law Students / Re: We Don't Need No Bar Control
« on: July 12, 2006, 11:50:32 PM »
yea very interesting definitely

Current Law Students / Re: Should I file Bankruptcy...
« on: July 12, 2006, 11:48:42 PM »
I've heard that you can keep your house when you file for bankruptcy. Of course you'd have to keep making payments. But mortgages are not dischargeable in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

Current Law Students / Re: Can't Choose Between Two Boyfriends!
« on: July 12, 2006, 11:46:33 PM »

[...] get real and have some fun while youre still young, cuz when you get old nobody will f**ckin care about ya even if you've a little bit of $$

LOL ;)

Current Law Students / Re: Consumer Fraud?
« on: July 12, 2006, 11:44:43 PM »

myron, don't ya think you're being a bit too harsh with yourself? I mean, you have to have fun and these fun things when you're young, not when you barely can stick your male private part in some hole, dontcha think?!

I can't exactly agree with that!

Current Law Students / Re: curves? i dont get it.
« on: July 12, 2006, 11:38:44 PM »
curves a good idea?! Gimme a @ # ! * i n g break!

Current Law Students / Re: Law As Insurance Policy
« on: July 12, 2006, 11:36:12 PM »
What exactly do you mean?

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