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General Board / is law a good career to get into?
« on: August 18, 2007, 04:57:11 AM »
I posted a similar thread in the pre-law section, but I want hopeing to get some more feedback from the law students/lawyers here.

Anyway, I've been doing a lot of research, and most of it shows that law is NOT a good career choice. For example, big organizations like U.S. News rate is as one of the worst/most overrated careers. There have also been a flood of anti-law books and websites that show the field in a very negative night.

I am only 18 and I don't have a single college credit, so I may be jumping the gun. Yet, I have always seen law as a fascinating and some-what lucrative buisness, but the research that I have seen states to the contrary. I have felt that my dreams are shattered(which has resulted in nightmares and stuff  :'( ).

The negative things about the legal field are supposedly as follows:

--most big firms(mostly corporate law) hire young lawyers but work them to death for 7 years, and then they fire/hire some other new lawyer fresh from a top school

--the hours are crazy, and it's hard  to raise a family. Sometimes you work 60 to 70 hours and on the weekends

--once you're in law, it's difficult to start afresh in another field

--the massive tuition is a scam to get $$$ from students.

Is all of this true? Should I really worry about all of this, or should I be less gullible?

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Socratic Method / Is law a good career to get into?
« on: August 18, 2007, 04:56:06 AM »
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Law School Applications / Is law a good career to get into?
« on: August 14, 2007, 09:18:38 PM »
I will begin college in 3 weeks(I am 18), and I have pretty much decided that law is something that both fascinates and interests me.

However, I've been chatting with some fellows, and they have been hinting that law is NOT a good career to get into. First, they say that it is very demanding(I could care less since I currently work 60 hours in construction ;) ). Second, they saw that it is almost impossible to find a job straight out of law school unless you go to a very prestigious law school and graduate in the top 10%.

Is this true or are these people wrong? Is law a good career choice to get into?

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General Off-Topic Board / Having a career in law and a family
« on: August 11, 2007, 12:51:55 PM »
(Is this the best forum for this post?)

I've been doing extensive research as to the daily life of lawyers, and, as is usual with the unpredictable internet, I am getting mixed and varied answers.

The common consensus,however, is that "lawyers work long,long hours,and often on weekends." Some websites imply that it's not easy raising a family with a career in law.

This has been troubling me a lot lately. I love law(I've read some of my mom's cases--she's a real state broker not a lawyer,though). I do know that being a lawyer is not like what one would see on tv, but I don't care because it fascinates me anyway.

However, I really want to "settle down" and have a family too(though later on in my life--perhaps my later 20s). I know it may sound cheesy for an 18 year old to say that,but it's what I want.

Anyway,should I take what I read on the internet like a grain of salt, or is having a career in law so time consuming that one would not have time to see his family? Or is this only true for those who work in big firms?Do those who have their own small practice have a better family life?

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