Don't feed the trolls. :-pHonestly if you want to go into law and are only a year into school, I would recommend switching degrees or taking a heavy courseload in philosophy or science. Paralegal studies, prelaw and criminal justice do not seem to help folks prepare much for the LSAT. I would also recommend doing a lot of reading and studying to figure out your personal counter to the very valid points raised by the negativity.1. How much have you done to ensure that you know what you are getting into?2. How are you planning on paying for college and grad school. If you are taking out loans now then you are taking on a boatload of risk.3. Have you decided what level of risk you are willing to assume? If your LSAT isn't good enough for a top regional school in the location you want to practice in, are you willing to walk away?
IPF's point (if I am understanding him), is that if she is serious, she needs to ring the alarm bell and "get hot." At this stage she needs MUCH more information to make these important decisions about. She needs to dig, read and discuss with her family. All of this is absolutely possible, because she is just starting undergrad. She needs to understand that the decision to attend LS is not an easy one, especially for a non-trad. I am supportive of her, but agree with IPF that she needs to dig more to ensure that LS is really what she wants.
* * * Shocking that Ipfreely came up with the great analysis that Harvard law school is better than a tier 4, but in all honestly sometimes a Harvard degree can work against you. I do not know what area the OP lives in, but I am sure there are employers that would rather have a local grad than a Harvard one. For example if she lives in Spokane I would imagine many firms would rather have a Gonzaga Grad than a Harvard one. * * *
If anyone is expecting 100k a year check for getting a J.D. and passing the bar you have another thing coming. It will be competitive there are a lot of people competing for the quality jobs that exist. Believe it or not there is competition for any type of job worth having. The majority of people that write all this negative crap about law school have never held a job in their lives and went down the easy undergrad route (never holding a job during this period), then went to law school never got an internship or any type of work experience and were baffled that when they finished in the top 50% of the 112th best school with nothing setting them apart from anybody else that employers were not lined up to hire them. When the real world hit them instead of dealing with it they make blogs to complain about how unfair everything is and well that is what those type of people will be doing for the rest of their lives.
Well first off nothing indicates that IPfreely has even attended one law school class or even sat for the LSAT. Yet they feel the need to give all kinds of advice about something they know absolutely nothing about.
I imagine IPfreely is one of those people that sits around criticizing everybody's decisions all the time and has never done anything ever themselves.
Again, law school is somewhat of a risk, but many people do find employment as a attorneys in some fashion. They do not all sit out in front of courthouses begging to defend child molesters. Also becoming a public defender is not an awful gig if they do have to defend child molesters. There is decent pay, loan forgiveness, and government benefits. Trust me there are a lot worse gigs in the world than becoming a Public Defender.
IPF's point (if I am understanding him), is that if she is serious, she needs to ring the alarm bell and "get hot." At this stage she needs MUCH more information to make these important decisions about.