Thank you for the very thoughtful replies. TJ, congrads on deciding it's not for you. And Aslaw, the letter is a great idea.I am interested in policy and gov't work and while I don't have a concrete plan of action, I can certainly see how a law degree could help me out greatly. I do have a masterís in policy and an okay job writing about policy. But I feel that my masterís didnít give me a body of knowledge or the skills I need to really serve the public...I just kind of wrote papers and struggled through econ and did well b/c the program was not too tough. I am just the kind of person who needs to try something before knowing how I feel about it. I have talked to countless lawyers and read "Do You Really Want to Be a Lawyer?" (and I scored in the gray area, of course).The debt is not so bad, under 50k. And I donít know. I canít picture myself being a lawyer, but I canít picture myself being anything, really, and Iíve always found a way to really get into some aspects of whatever Iíve done. I read somewhere though thatís itís mostly disgruntled lawyers who post about how miserable they areówhich makes sense. Those who are happy are too busy being happy. So maybe I just need to meet more of them.
hi, i am a non trad. i am accepted at a good law school, i have a good scholarship, and i think i can make a law degree work for me. i took a law class last year and liked it immsensely.but i am still not certain i want to be an atty. and today, i started reading all these other articles saying don't go to law school unless you know you want to be an atty, and about how many leave within five years, etc. i've read them before...but they are scarier to me now. and now--the day i was going to tell my boss i was leaving--my heart is pounding.My questions are, are most of you non trads 100 percent sure you want to practice law? am i too old (over 30) to pursue a JD if i am not certain i want to be a lawyer?or maybe i am just freaking out b/c it's very real. i keep telling myself, i can leave law school if it's not right for me.
littlelisalaw, thank you! it's great to know i am not the only one triplequestioning myself. i just wish i didn't always do that. i wish you the best of luck. i know law opens doors....but so do a lot of other things. as a good friend of mine was told me, "you have no problem opening doors. you have a problem walking through them." and that's what i am struggling with...walking through this law door, or continuing to seek out some kind of "good job" in my current field, when i don't even know what it is i really want. i meet people in my field who have good and interesting jobs, and i don't want them. something has always pulled me to law.i think i am figuring this out.