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katejooe

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Back-up plan
« on: November 09, 2010, 04:07:34 PM »
Should I take the LSAT as a back up plan?  Is it worth studying for?

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Re: Back-up plan
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2010, 05:27:36 PM »
IMO, NO!  If you are taking the LSAT as a back up plan, you would be going in to law school too casually.  Law school should not be viewed as a back-up plan, a fall back, or something casually pursued.  Do your homework, law school is obscenely expensive and employment stats are not what the law schools say they are.  It is a huge risk for someone with a passion for law and a dream of being a lawyer - it is insanity to casually go into law school as one would any other graduate program.  There are people out there being ruined financially by taking out over $100,000 in loans and not being able to pay them back because they cannot get a job.  The old myth is false - law school is generally not a ticket to a guaranteed high-paying job.  If you do not love the law or have a burning desire to be a lawyer, then forget law school.  Get a MBA if you must, some other masters degree, or a Ph.D., but stay away from law school.

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Re: Back-up plan
« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2010, 09:02:34 AM »
IMO, NO!  If you are taking the LSAT as a back up plan, you would be going in to law school too casually.  Law school should not be viewed as a back-up plan, a fall back, or something casually pursued.  Do your homework, law school is obscenely expensive and employment stats are not what the law schools say they are.  It is a huge risk for someone with a passion for law and a dream of being a lawyer - it is insanity to casually go into law school as one would any other graduate program.  There are people out there being ruined financially by taking out over $100,000 in loans and not being able to pay them back because they cannot get a job.  The old myth is false - law school is generally not a ticket to a guaranteed high-paying job.  If you do not love the law or have a burning desire to be a lawyer, then forget law school.  Get a MBA if you must, some other masters degree, or a Ph.D., but stay away from law school.

for the most part.

Take the LSAT to try and get into law school as a backup plan for what and to try to accomplish what? 

LS and a career in law is far from being an easy 'get rich quick' career choice.  Especially given everything you have to do just to get accepted and eventually graduate in order to generate a chance of decent employment prospects from it, LS/a career in law is a labor of love.  There are plenty of other career paths that can be financially lucrative with a lot less stress, costs and opportunity costs.