« on: February 16, 2008, 08:23:16 AM »
Agreed. Something is definately amiss with those numbers. Roughly 90% reported and of that 90%, roughly 50% found jobs at 500+ attorney firms (most likely V100 firms). If this were correct, then at least 45% of Fordham grads land jobs at the largest segment of firms. This is on par or better than GULC and probably some other t14 schools.http://law.fordham.edu/ihtml/cp-2JDProStud_employstat.ihtml?id=148
no exact # here, but it should paint a good picture of how many students get into biglaw
Yes, because fordham's self-reporting numbers trying to recruit students are accurate lol. Give me a break.....
2LMan is right in that it is your life, do what you want for what ever reason. But if you are coming on these boards to ask "is it worth it" then maybe you already know the answer? But again, other than the debt (which really isnt that big of a deal) I can't see any down side to a law degree. Of course, I'm biased.Possible downside: you had a job as a paralegal making 30-40k in a small town before law school. You went to a mediocre school, rank 35-75. You accumulate 80k+ in debt to attend law school and now you end up back at your old small town firm starting out at 45k. In 3-5 years, youll move up to an avg pay of 75k.
If money is the only consideration, you will earn every penny of your salary. Of course, the upside is being an attorney has other benefits not related to the day to day practice of law.Such as? Im hoping that it's more than an ego stroke that being an attorney provides. Money-making ability post-grad should be a factor in a person's decision to go to law school. It's costly and people invest a small mortgage into the endeavor. The fact that so many people over-invested in the housing market should highlight the importance in having a realistic idea of what you should expect money-wise when you graduate. Otherwise, youre making poor investment decisions.