I can say I would never give up 80k / year... What tier law school will you be attending? Because if it is a tier three two/three/four expect to make between 35,000 to 65,000 starting salary. Perhaps your job is so boring that writing and filing papers all day would be thrilling. Perhaps I am just in the lamest law office known to mankind.
I certainly wish in my sophmore year of college I understood how uncertain the legal profession is. If I had, I never ever would've travelled this path so far (or at least would have aimed far higher than my "anything above 160" motto). Really though, how is one when they are 19 and focused on school expected to research law school so effectively?
I am quite certain I will have researched this field far more than any of my potential class. Though, perhaps not. Perhaps we are all of the mindset "despite all of the statistical evidence combined with anecdotal evidence and news stories, it will work out for me."
I think I now understand what a religous person must feel having realized how false god is. My god happened to be law school.
Does the ABA recieve money from these law schools it unnecessarily opens? Otherwise the over-supply of attorneys seems to be due to incompetence.
Plans for rest of day: continuing to feel sorry for myself.
I'll be attending a Tier 2, but it's the dominant school in the city where I want to live. Because of that, I passed on three Tier 1s, in spite of the conventional wisdom that only Tier 1 graduates have careers in the law. This will be my third career, and I created most of my own opportunities in the past two. I don't expect that law will be any different, and if I believed that I were wholly dependent on Career Services or an alumni's pity for work as an attorney, I wouldn't have chosen this field.
All jobs have their drawbacks. I love my job as an air traffic controller. However, I don't especially like shift work, the uncertainties I have about my compensation and pension in a field where privatization will always be a threat, working for idiots who barely graduated high school and outearn me by $100,000, etc. On balance, what I want is the strong possibility of making as much as I do now or maybe much more, with the chance to work for myself eventually. That's what is important to me.
That's enough for me to take a chance on law school, and I'm 31. If this doesn't work for me, then my professional life still hasn't come to an end.