Unless you're a rockstar with a 3.9 college GPA (from a respectable school) and a 175 or above LSAT score, law school is a huge mistake. The only way getting a law degree is worth it in this economic climate is if the school pays YOU for the privilege of attending all 3 years, pays your room and board, your food, your entertainment needs, your bar prep class (nothing beats Barbri), your Bar Exam fees, your MPRE fees, your moral application fees, all fees associated with extra-curriculars like law review, journals, legal externships, clerkships, etc. The only way a respectable law school will pay you to attend is if you are a rockstar and they can brag about you in their school stats. Being able to put esquire after your name and having people call you "counselor" is hardly worth being crushed under the weight of $150k of debt. The bank doesn't care that there's more lawyers out there than jobs; like a good loan shark, it will threaten to break your legs if you don't come up with the cash by the due date. And the bank's threats are hardly empty. Don't figure that just because you excel in law school and pass the bar exam on the first try that you are guaranteed anything; you are guaranteed nothing. With debt that mounts by the day, the beloved law school that you are now fighting so hard to be accepted into will have you by the balls and you will be contemplating crimes you learned the legal repercussions of in first year criminal law. Even as I write this I know it will do little to deter the majority of determined students who think a juris doctor is the answer right now. It probably wouldn't have deterred me back then either. But then again, I never read such an unglowing review. Everyone deserves to be informed; this is your informing.Signed, Disillusioned in Cali
unemployment for lawyers, higher than normal, but still under 3%.
As a 3L with many friends who have already graduated within the last 2 years, any article that says that legal unemployment is at 3% is obfuscating the truth.Yes, applications are down about 10% this year, but that's after steadily increasing for decades. More important to this discussion, the number of JD's awarded is up 13% over the last decade.There are more law students in law school than there are currently practicing law.If I could go back in time, I might have just gone out and gotten me an MBA.....
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