I don't know who you have been talking to, but a law degree will not give you any real opportunities but practicing law. Any job that would consider a law degree helpful would be one you could qualify for with a hell of a lot less work. The ONLY reason to go to law school is because you want to be a lawyer.
A) like to work for my country
Quote from: Ryans5 on March 21, 2011, 10:34:43 AM A) like to work for my countryHave you considered a hitch in the military, either before or after law school?
I have. Military strategy is a bit of a hobby of mine and I have a great mindset for an officer. I put my name on the dotted line at my local recruiting office though and they own my ass for the next 4-8 years. It would help me get federal jobs, would be very good pay etc but I'm not much of the conformist type. I'd really hate Sgt. Mcgraw yelling in my face to do a barrel roll or whatever and unlike other jobs, you quit, you go to prison.
I disagree with this, you have not been on USAjobs before have you? If I have a law degree I can literally do any job I want on there or at least be in the running. I spoke to a guy who didn't want to be a lawyer, disliked law school but graduated and has since been able to obtain a great career in Washington.
Ryan, I am not trying to tell you that you couldn't use a law degree in other fields. I'm just telling you that it is a very expensive, time-consuming, way to get one of those jobs. If you dream job is with the CIA, there are easier, cheaper, avenues to get there. I'm sorry if I came across a little strong. I really do respect you for wrestling with this decision instead of jumping in on a whim. That puts you way ahead of most people. How about this: Find 25 10 people with law degrees who don't practice law and talk to them. Ask them whether they would do it again, whether they like what they do now, whether they could have done it without a law degree, etc... I think you will be pleasantly surprised at what you find out.