« on: July 29, 2005, 06:49:37 PM »
I have to disagree with schwing. Of course, I am an evening student, working full-time, so I may be a little biased. I currently work in a law firm and participate in hiring of new attorneys and I can honestly say that law review, moot court and internships don't hold a candle to true work experience. Many law students went to law school directly from undergrad, and thus have no clue what the real world is about. That said, everyone will be defensive of their choices, so you have to decide what is right for you. I have a demanding job and I think that forces me to be more organized and budget my time appropriately. I have many friends who went to LS during the day and said they had a hard time budgeting their time for studying and that evening division students seemed to have more structure. Just think about people who work full time and have kids. If you are only juggling a full time job, you have it easier than many evening division students.
And, trust me, the debt issue is nothing to sneeze at. I will graduate with FAR less debt than most LS graduates I know, and they are still struggling to pay their loans, buy houses, etc. When you get out of LS and get your first job, moot court, law review and internships won't mean much when you have to take a substantial chunk of money off the top of your salary. Besides, nothing about law school really matters after you get your first job. After that, we only look for what type of experience you have and how much.