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Do you really want to go to law school?

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Re: Do you really want to go to law school?
« Reply #150 on: November 06, 2004, 02:20:46 AM »
see what I mean, you can't get this naivety on tv...

Re: Do you really want to go to law school?
« Reply #151 on: November 06, 2004, 02:36:02 AM »
I have acknowledged my naviety multiple times and fully expect reality will indeed kick my ass when I truly enter it.

It should be fun!

Laura

Re: Do you really want to go to law school?
« Reply #152 on: November 06, 2004, 10:08:02 AM »
Why would I be kidding?

I don't need some sort of hand-made italian suit for $3000.

If I can get a decent suit for $100, so much the better.

If I can get a decent suit for $15, then I have saved that much more.

Really, the thrift store suits look rather nice. I'd like to buy one, and I may actually splurge on one, as I don't have a full suit as of right now.

I respect--although simultaneously cringe at--your frugality, but this suit proposition is ridiculous.  First of all, since when can you get a suit at a thrift store for $15?  My town's thrift stores charges that much for a women's blouse. 

There is no way you will wear a thrift store suit after law school. Mark my words.  If I offered to bet you $20 that you would not wear a thrift store suit, would you accept?  And if you lost the bet, from which part of your budget would you deduct the $20?

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Re: Do you really want to go to law school?
« Reply #153 on: November 06, 2004, 10:32:24 AM »
Why would I be kidding?

I don't need some sort of hand-made italian suit for $3000.

If I can get a decent suit for $100, so much the better.

If I can get a decent suit for $15, then I have saved that much more.

Really, the thrift store suits look rather nice. I'd like to buy one, and I may actually splurge on one, as I don't have a full suit as of right now.

Let's just say that you could find a quality suit for $15.  Where are you going to get your ties?  Just a little dose of reality for you...

Ties are a necessity in the business world.  Ties have a lifespan.  You only get to tie a tie so many times before it looks used.  I have to buy my husband new ties every year and each one is $25-$40.  You also can't wear the same tie every day.  People will notice.  My husband has a full rack with ties being added and subtracted all the time. You do the math.

You may be able to drive a crappy car, but don't wear crappy ties.

Re: Do you really want to go to law school?
« Reply #154 on: November 06, 2004, 10:57:20 AM »
I think that paying off a loan from lawschool in 2-3 years is possible, but a quite bad idea.
 It makes much more sense imo to pay it off in 5 years, but live a little better.

Your heart/nervous system will thank you.

AaronJ

Re: Do you really want to go to law school?
« Reply #155 on: November 06, 2004, 11:00:23 AM »
If you can get it all done in one shot, I say do it.  The sooneer you are out of debt the better.

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Re: Do you really want to go to law school?
« Reply #156 on: November 06, 2004, 11:31:25 AM »
I have acknowledged my naviety multiple times and fully expect reality will indeed kick my ass when I truly enter it.

It should be fun!

This dude is sweet.  For being so frugal, I'm surprised you would even consider dropping 150K on law school.

Re: Do you really want to go to law school?
« Reply #157 on: November 06, 2004, 11:57:25 AM »
My thrift store has everything for around 15-20 dollars. If it won't fly and looks like *&^%, I won't buy it and I'll cough up the money for a more expensive suit. But I checked it out and my local thrift store does have suit coats and pants for around 10 dollars, and then about 5 dollars more, total, for shirt and tie.

As for my education, that is one area where I am willing to spend anything necessary to obtain it. I feel being educated is the most important thing in society. Far more important than money or frugality. The only other area I'd probably say that I am not frugal is saving my life, or that of a close relative. I'll spend whatever it costs.

So there are circumstances in which I'll spend money like crazy. But not very many of them.

desi

Re: Do you really want to go to law school?
« Reply #158 on: November 06, 2004, 12:18:21 PM »
verbosity - you do realize how superficial this profession can be?  Don't get a $15 suit at a thrift store.  A decent suit will only cost you $500, max $1000.  save the $3k *&^% for when you land a job.  On another note, if you don't have a car, then you better tell them in an interview that you DO have one, even if you're interviewing in NY and will, like everyone else, be taking the subway to work.

Re: Do you really want to go to law school?
« Reply #159 on: November 06, 2004, 12:46:36 PM »
Don't to BIGLAW and you will be OK with your cheap suits.