You just have to remember that those attorneys making crazy $#!%loads of money really prop up those sorts of "average lawyer earns X" statistics. If one guy is making 220k and 4 others are making 20k, you'll see that the average salary is 60k and think "wow, that's more than i'm making! being a lawyer sounds pretty sweet!"... but then you look closer and realize that your chance of actually making that 60k is lower than you first thought. Now, those numbers are completely made up and everything. I think (and sincerely hope) that there are few people with JDs making 20k/year, but it shows what I'm talking about (and made the math easy).
Truth be told though, unless you want a chance to practice law, not to be a lawyer, but merely a chance at it, don't go to law school. If you want to make money there are better ways to do it,
pharmacists and dentists are two easy examples that come to mind and both profession's average salaries are far larger than the average attorney's, and with better hours.
i wonder if the market will ever change to a sellers market for JD's...I guess that as long as even the lowest tier schools keep reporting avrg $160k salaries for its grads, there will always be more 1L's taking the bite and believing it....I have to wonder about this whole thing though- Lawyers are supposed to be logical and what I dont get is: Why wont big law hire from the lower 150 law schools (in general, not just the top student) Do they really believe that the JD's coming out of the top 20 schools are the only good JD's out there?? the other 45,000 JD's suck? Gosh, cause they missed a few more questions on some logic game on an LSAT, does that truly make them terrible lawyers?? Is that logical?Its freakin insane and the more I study this whole thing, it really leaves a bad taste...