Why do you want to go to law school?
Itís the beginning of my final semester of my senior year of college and I no longer am motivated to attend law school. Iíve taken the LSAT, Iíve registered for the LSDAS, and Iíve sent applications to eight law schools. Iím currently the President of my university pre-law society, and Iíve finally received all of my letters of recommendations from my professors, (one such recommendation took over 5 months to write and mail to the Law School Admissions Council!) Last semester I held an interest meeting and one fellow student showed up. At this point I could care less whether or not I get accepted. Why do I feel this way you may ask? Iíll tell you why, because Iím a young black man, trying to succeed in America and weíve historically drawn the shortest straw.
Since October 2000, Iíve lived in the Washington DC metropolitan region. Living here can make even the most apathetic person become politically and socially alert. I work at the US House of Representatives and Iím surrounded by quasi-intelligence daily. Beltway insiders, as they are called surround my every movement. I see the disgust in the eyes of most; the feelings of heightened self egotism in others. Itís enough to make you wish that you never knew how the American governmental system really operated!
Why am I ranting about government and law school? What do they have in common? Well, just as tadpoles grow to become frogs; law students grow to become government officials or politicians. Law students attend law school because they want to one day have an impact on their lives or the lives of others. They want to convict criminals, free the innocent, introduce socially conscious legislation, or cash in off of the splendors of political power. All things considered, law school is for people who seek to gain a certain sense of power. Itís about control, controlling your destiny by stacking your deck of cards with aces aplenty.
I think that there are better ways to spend 400 dollars of your hard earned money, which at this point is what Iíve spent on the pre-law process. Most of which has gone to the Law School Admissions Council. They have the glorious pleasure of ensuring that the wrong people donít attend law school. They take your cash, give you half-assed assistance, and then disappear from your life forever leaving you none the wiser. But Iíve got a plan; I will be the last person laughing. Iím going to law school. Furthermore, Iím going to succeed in law school because black men are virtually extinct in the legal field. How many black male lawyers do you know? In contrast, how many black male drug dealers or wannabe rappers do you know? Have you ever known a black man who has been to jail? Chances are you know many---many more than black males that have been to law school!
Law school needs people like me; young, black, outspoken and ready to shine brighter than the sun. Law schools need people like you too----young, black, outspoken and ready to shine brighter than the sun.
ďLaw school--- itís not just for white kids.Ē