« on: October 29, 2004, 08:53:52 PM »
Hi guys, first post so bear with me if the question's a bit dumb. I've been having a bit of a quandary lately...I'm a junior at HYP, PoliSci major, just a bit above avg gpa (which I hope to make up for with a good lsat score). I've been set on going to law school since high school, but these past few weeks I've been wondering if I should go through with it at all.
Basically it boils down to this: I don't want to go to a "bad" law school. That may sound really dumb or elitist, but I think I have valid reasons for not wanting to:
- I don't think I'm gonna get into a good law school. My GPA isn't in the safe range for most of the schools I want, and I head getting an LSAT score that'd make me confident in applying to those schools would be extremely hard (ie, 170+ish)
- IMO landing a good career in law hugely depends on where you go to school. It's not like medicine, where doctors are in high demand everywhere. I'm scared to spend thousands of dollars and be in debt only to end up in one of those law offices you see in a small, ugly, rundown office in some city with a dilapidated sign falling off his door. That terrifies me.
- Corollary to the reason above: my parents are inevitably going to have to carry some of the burden (I'm the first guy in my family to go to a US college, and they want to finance me as much as they can), and I don't want them to pay for my college any more than they have to (ie undergrad) if I'm just gonna end up "wasting" it in a crappy job anyway.
Any advice would be great...I've been lurking these boards for some time and I've found it to be a great resource. Thanks in advance.