I probably could have made this post a little less combative...my point really is that if you go to law school 100% certain that you're going to graduate with at the top of the class with a 150K+ job lined up for you, then you're just kidding yourself...it's one of the fallacies of the legal profession in general that drives more and more students into debt, and leaves so many students, like the ones you mentioned with high GPA's and Law Review that can't find the jobs they want, unhappy and feeling as though they have "failed". And to answer your question, yes, I went to law school knowing what I want to do (being an ADA), am working at the DA's office in a big city, and love it. I'm barely in the top 1/3 of a tier 3 school, and while I realize that working for a DA, then perhaps switching to a small private practice, won't make me a millionaire, it will afford me the opportunity to be in a court room, to argue real legal issues in front of a judge, and to make a comfortable living (after switching over to private practice anyway!). I just don't see the point in going to law school if it's simply about making a lot of money...As I mentioned in my earlier post, I have friends with crappy GPA's from undergrad who are making boat loads of money now in finance. What's the point of despising your time in law school, going into a ton of debt, then going on to a job simply to make money? It just seems to defeat the purpose of being a lawyer in the first place if you're not going to enjoy practicing it. If it's all about money and power, work for JP Morgan. The most miserable law grads I know are the ones who didn't do as well as they expected in law school, refused to take jobs at smaller firms with less pay (for pride reasons), and now work at a bank.