Going law school and practicing law are two different things. Ask any attorney they will agree with this point. There is barely anyone who fails out of law school because they initially scored 150 on the LSAT. As long as you get that JD and be smart doing business, you are going to be ok.
OK, your first line is called a straw man, I never made the arguemnt they were the same. My argument in simple form is this.
1. Lsat correlates with grades
2. grades in turn determine the optionsyou will have available following law school (specifically, the high paying jobs are more available to those with good grades)
3. Law school is expensive and requires a reasonably well paying job post graduation in most cases for it to be financially viable
Conclusion: Therefore, you ought to think long and hard about whether you shoudl go to law school, because financially nonviable lives are unpleasant from what I hear.
Note something, I did not say he should not go to law school, rather the fact that he is scoring in that range should give him pause to consider whether he ought to. I am by no means tyring to crush someone's dreams as I believe one poster put it, I am simply tryin to help a person from rushing headlong intop what for many people is a very expensive mistake. Especially as Iam unaware of OP's life situation. One can take a gamble with personal fortunes that is simply reprehensible if one has a family and children..
Lastly, to the poster that says .4 is a small correlation, I woudl remind you it is the largest correlation for any predictor of first year law school grades. Also if you read social sciences literature, .4 looks like a sufficient condition compared to some of the meager correlations studied by technical literature.
Your argument is perfectly reasonable and sound. The thing is, I wasn't really responding to you or anyone in particular. When I respond to another person's argument, I quote them and point things out, like how you did. What did was basically just skim through the thread and put up my personal opinion. Of course, some of the things I said were relevant to what you said but I really wasn't attacking you. Sure some JD's may not be worth all the time and effort if someone makes a bad decision of attending very expensive private school and has no sense of how to manage one's financial life. But from my experience of working in a law firm, I would definately say being an attorney is at least A LOT BETTER than many other different jobs simply because they earn good money so easily. For those who can't earn all that much money because they lack skills or opportunities, I still think it is better choice for them to pursue law degree rather than just continue to live with no hope because if law degree is such a bad investment, I would say there are a lot worse investments you can make.