Thinking about going back to law school but afraid.....

  • melloyello

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    Mar 22, 2013 5:49 PM GMT
    I'm 30. I've transitioned out of a filmmaking career and am considering law school. Since I've been out of college for 7 years. I had an ok GPA (3.0) and a 147 the last time I took the LSAT. I'm told that Loyola New Orleans will accept me. However I have some trepidation about going back.

    I don't seem to have the same attention span that I used to. I was never a great student to begin with (didn't study) and I guess working in a fast paced job made it so I needed to condense everything down to a tagline basically. I find its hard for me to sit down and read books even on subjects I like without my mind wandering and skipping ahead or skimming. I depended on assistants to "inform me" on my sets.

    Also, I worry about getting a job post law school. I know a whole crapload of out of work lawyers. Before I drop $120k on a career I'm not sure of I need to figure this out. Otherwise I'm better at investing that 120k in rental properties or something!

    Any advice is appreciated
  • AMoonHawk

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    Mar 22, 2013 6:18 PM GMT
    if the motivation is not there .... don't go
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    Mar 24, 2013 5:28 AM GMT
    The 2nd paragraph of your post list too many of your faults. Actually, when I reread it, you have nothing positive to say or mention what your strengths are. You're too concentrated on what will go wrong. Until that changes, then you're better off pursuing another career.
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    Mar 24, 2013 6:00 AM GMT
    don't go back . . . lawyers are merely higher level mechanics, and your brain is not suitable for such work . . . and skip down the lane and consider yourself the luckiest man in the world for having avoided a horrible fate . . .

    also, get some exercise
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    Mar 24, 2013 7:57 AM GMT
    Armies of law school graduates are unemployed right now. In 2011, a Wall Street Journal survey found that only 55% of law school grads had jobs 9 months after graduation. 85% of those faced debt loads of $98,500.

    Forbes Magazine article entitled "Why Attending Law School is the The Worst Career Decision You'll Ever Make".
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/jmaureenhenderson/2012/06/26/why-attending-law-school-is-the-worst-career-decision-youll-ever-make/

    In recent years, some grads have filed a class-action lawsuit against more than a dozen schools alleging that admissions officials mislead them about job prospects.

    Given those facts and your own hesitations, it seems like you would be positively mad if you pursue this.

  • nomad4life

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    Mar 24, 2013 8:04 AM GMT
    Don't let time or your age be the thing that holds you back. I'm in vet school right now, which is a professional school, and there are so any people in my class that are older, 30s and 40s, married with kids, etc. The point being, it is never to late to continue your education
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    Mar 24, 2013 1:01 PM GMT
    I love being a lawyer, most of the time. But it isn't an easy decision these days.

    Hiring by the big law firms has never picked up again after the crash, and is not likely to do so. The profession has changed. Corporate clients won't pay for armies of first and second year associates any more.

    I don't know much about Loyola N.O. It may be well known regionally, but isn't nationally known. Which means that big law firms won't consider you outside your local market unless you're in the very top of your class.

    If you find it hard to read and study, and memorize, you won't do well. However, condensing everything to a tagline is perfect for law school exam prep, so long as you're the one doing the condensing. Making your own outline of the entire class from your own class notes then basically memorizing it is the time honored way to do well.

    I hate to say it, but unless you've got the fire in your belly and you have a pre-planned exit strategy, I wouldn't go.
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    Mar 24, 2013 1:31 PM GMT
    I'd be sure you love the work before you committed to many years of school. The large amount of student loans will be a Bitch to pay back considering most lawyers are not making a ton of cash. I cant remember the ratio of lawyers to citizens in the USA but its crazy high. Reminds me of when I've walked through the Law quad at U of Mich and I though to myself " look at all these future unemployed lawyers"................ Just something to think about.
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    Mar 24, 2013 1:42 PM GMT
    I usually would encourage ... BUT your opening post has more excuses than a maximum security prison.. !!

    ...Do you really want this???
    Yes or No???

    If yes..you know what to do...if no..well...
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    Mar 24, 2013 1:51 PM GMT
    Anocxu saidI usually would encourage ... BUT your opening post has more excuses than a maximum security prison.. !!

    ...Do you really want this???
    Yes or No???

    If yes..you know what to do...if no..well...


    Agree.
    All the obstacles you mention can be overcome if you truly feel that being a lawyer is the life you want to have. I love what I do (most of the time) and couldn't imagine doing anything else.
    But new law grads face very long odds. If you aren't 100% sure that this is for you, invest your money in real estate.
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    Mar 24, 2013 1:57 PM GMT
    I wouldn't do it these days. I had planned on law school a few years ago but decided against putting myself in that much debt or terrible job prospects and an often depressing career.

    However, if you do decide to go, I would probably recommend retaking the LSAT and trying to get a better score. At the very least, you could get scholarship money to a regional school to reduce your debt. I frankly would never consider law school unless I could get into one of the T14 schools.
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    Mar 24, 2013 4:46 PM GMT
    As someone in the last few months law school, my advice would be to think long and hard about why you think you want a law degree. The first two years of law school demand huge amounts of reading, and absorbing big volumes of material, which is often unbelievably tedious. By my third year, I had the read, summarize, synthesize process down cold and then found I needed it less as internships took up more time and the work became more meaningful.

    Employment prospects for mediocre students and for graduates of mediocre schools are grim. So think twice if you doubt you can at least stay in the top third of your class at Loyola N.O.
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    Mar 24, 2013 5:07 PM GMT
    AMoonHawk saidif the motivation is not there .... don't go


    +1
    This really, really sums it up.
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    Dec 08, 2013 1:46 AM GMT
    Well.....whatever happened with this post?

    Did the OP end up going to law school or not?
    It bugs me when people start these threads, ask for advice or perspective and then never report back about the results.
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    Dec 08, 2013 2:01 AM GMT
    I too would love to know if the OP went back to law school.
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    Dec 08, 2013 2:07 AM GMT
    If you click on the OP's profle, he says he is getting his J.D.

    Hopefully it does not cripple him financially like it does many law grads.
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    Dec 08, 2013 2:14 AM GMT
    Adderal will be ur best friend throughout law school.
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    Dec 08, 2013 2:16 AM GMT
    Import saidAdderal will be ur best friend throughout law school.


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