If you have doubts or have to ask "should I go to law school at all" on an internet message board, then don't go. Go if you have solid career plans and reasoning for being a lawyer, then go to law school. It sounds to me like you are trying to find a grad program to delay having to go to work.Go work for a few years. As an Eng. List major, you aren't qualified to do anything, but you can get a teaching certification and teach school. Or you could write for a newspaper, be an editor for a technical magazine, answer phones at a publishing company and work your way up, get your real estate license and sell property, take an internship and learn about marketing or advertising or public relations and get a job doing that, or an internship in an HR dept and learn how to become a hiring manager. You could become a legislative ass't for a Congressman. The opportunities are endless. Your UG degree is really meaningless-- it is just something to make you appear credible. Get some legit experience in a post-college internship. Take an inventory of the things that interest you... like spending a few bucks for a book that may recommend career options based on your interests.
So someone recommended that I read "Should I really be a lawyer" by deborah schneider... I don't feel like spending the money and waiting for the book when the exact same thing can be done here. In short, I'm going gaga over the 6-figure debt at my options amongst lower 2nd tier schools. So, here are my reasons for going to law school, in no particular order1. I can't find a decent job now. For some stupid reason I chose an english lit undergrad degree, which is only good for getting into grad school2. english lit grad school I think I would find it irritating. especially the lackluster job prospects. I also don't want to spend more time in undergrad to pursue another academic direction3. I think that law would be intellectually stimulating and interesting. I've sat in on a class at IUB and I thought that the stuff was interesting. the classes themselves look interesting.4. my parents do want me to go to law school, and all of my friends are in grad programs.5. I'm very analytical, and I think I would benefit from the structure that law school provides. And, looking at the other jobs out there... I can see myself being very bored with just about everything. 6. I've met lawyers who were public defenders... not so appealing. I've also met JD's who were advertising executives. Interesting.basically, my doubts come down to two things: 1. the f-ing debt. 6 figures is alot. Way too much. If it were 50-80k, I'd have a much easier time stomaching it. For the past few weeks since getting the financial aid report, I've been worried sick about the debt.2. the work after law school. I keep on hearing nightmare stories from biglaw firms. I also don't want to end up doing petty stuff like divorce/tax/public defender. I'm just worried that I'll incur all this debt and be unable to pay it back.in the end... everyone has doubts I'm certain. anyone have anything to add?
Though I have no desire to practice it, I just wanted to say that tax law is by no means "petty."
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