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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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