A lot of what you said made sense, until this:Quote from: Duncanjp on August 04, 2011, 11:34:18 PM Some of my classmates and I anticipate becoming in-house counsel within our given industries, what with the contacts, experience and reputations that we've built. Great pay, weekends with the family, prestige among your peers, and working in a legal field. A pretty good gig. And a state school degree will do just fine to reach that goal. Sure about this, are you?
Some of my classmates and I anticipate becoming in-house counsel within our given industries, what with the contacts, experience and reputations that we've built. Great pay, weekends with the family, prestige among your peers, and working in a legal field. A pretty good gig. And a state school degree will do just fine to reach that goal.
Duncanjp, did you think I was being sarcastic? I wasn't- I really can understand why someone would pick a state accredited school, depends on the school and area of course. I have also known at least one very successful local attorney who went to a state accredited school. The guy has some inferiority issues that cause him to play games that well- makes him a feminine hygiene product, but that is in his own mind and has nothing to do with his school. He seems to have gotten a decent education, even if on some level he feels inferior and is constantly trying to prove how smart he is.You are being attacked from too many angles here. The in house counsel angle is not as far fetched to me as to some of these other posters. It isn't my area, but I do know enough to know that often its who you know, not what you know. Seems like a perfectly reasonable angle to play.Some smooth compromising (i.e. placating) rhetoric can turn this around to your favor. I am eager to see how you play it.
Duncan, you are missing the point. These so-called "disparaging" comments are not made out of malice, this is real advice and perspective given by people who have been on that path, or who have a different perspective on it. It is not wise to simply view it as something that must be challenged - stop and listen with an open mind. It is simply advice that may prevent someone from making a very costly mistake. The perspective is that rather than invest time and money on a likely worthless JD, one may want to consider some other training or degree.This idea that doors will suddenly be opened to new opportunity within existing careers is not a common reality - it certainly is not if one is planning on suddenly becoming in-house counsel. Companies generally look for Sr. Associate/Partner level people for in-house, not a newbie from a non-ABA school. The legal department will not look at you differently b/c you come from some other branch of the company with specialized knowledge - this is not meant to be harsh, but in-house legal does not need or want new lawyers from within the company. You need to seriously, critically, and specifically ask yourself WHAT doors will open? WHAT do they lead to? HOW do they open? "Doors will open" is as nebulous and non-descript as "hope and change." WHAT ARE THE DETAILS? If those opportunities exist right now, today, why are they not filled then?
Duncan, out of curiosity, why did you pick a non-ABA accredited school? Was it the cost, or is there simply no ABA school that's reasonably geographically close to you?
How is $140K a "BIG" investment? It's one years salary.