You should probably all read this article if you're on the fence.Seriously, if you can think of anything else you might want to do, you should go for it instead. Don't worry about the money and time you've put into preparation, because it's less than you'll spend on the schooling itself. Going with it despite having doubts is a slippery slope, since people will go since they've put so much money into prep, then stick with it once they start school and hate it because they've already shelled for a semester/year's tuition, then get a job they hate that works them like a dog and doesn't pay anything near what they hoped for when they started and stick with it because it'd be a shame to pay that much for school and not break even before changing careers, and then piss away their entire lives with a career they despise because while they've broken even they're too set in the grueling lifestyle, are too old to begin a new career, have no lives outside work anymore anyway, etc.
However, as I consider all of the implications of actually leaving my current job, I find myself increasingly uneasy and I am reconsidering this entire ordeal. While my tuition would be virtually free, there is the matter of losing income for 3 years and having to take out student loans to cover living expenses for my family while I attend school.Not to mention, the economy is horrible right now and there are no guarantees that the legal market will be booming in 3 years. I am considering continuing in my current job and getting my Masters Degree (which I could do via distance learning.)What are the consequences of withdrawing after one has gone this far? Would this scratch me in the future at this particular school if I decide to reapply? Has anyone else had second thoughts after going this far into the process? If so, how did you ultimately make your final decision?
A quick (an admittedly cursory) search of career builder generates over 3700 jobs for attorneys. It's not as bad as people make it out to be. My situation is similar to that of the OP: I was working full-time and I have a family to support. I worked for a Fortune 500 and couldn't stand my job. My degree in Finance did not open many doors for me within the company. The final kicker was discovering that, by the company's own estimate, I was being paid $5000 less than the average salary for my job. Despite having exemplary performance reviews for my entire tenure and an HR policy that stated employee salaries were evaluated each year for such discrepancies, the company refused to adjust my salary.Law School had been an idea for a while and that pretty much sealed it for me. I was able to negotiate the correction in my pay by making a lateral move into a plant purchasing role. This was a nightmare position but I planned on toughing it out for a year before school. Long story short, the economy nosedived and the plant was closed. I guess the point of the story is, with or without law school, opportunities in this economy are few and far between. Unless you're making great money, enjoy going to work everyday and have ample opportunity for advancement, further training is great. I would be wary of the MBA degree; from what I've seen, the MBA is the "General Studies" of Graduate degrees.
Good post, and the bolded is dead on.
Quote from: Ninja1 on June 14, 2009, 02:27:43 PMGood post, and the bolded is dead on.Thanks...I've met quite a few who, as they say, couldn't pull a greasy string out of a cat's ass. The idea that because one has an MBA, he can run any type of business from day one is absolutely ridiculous.