Sunday, July 24, 2016
Open Letter to the Incoming JD Class of 2019
Recent Warning: On July 19, 2016, the Boston Globe published correspondent Isvari Mohan’s piece, which was entitled “Put down that law school application before it’s too late.” Take a look at this opening:
“I’m going to bet that many of you have considered going to law school. Whether you’re a scientist, a doctor, an engineer, a businesswoman, or a stereotypical liberal arts grad, you might have thought that law school would help you with something.
Most of the time, it won’t.
Here’s why law school is a terrible idea for most people:
It’s super expensive. At Georgetown, where I am a third-year law student, tuition runs about $56,000 a year. You’re almost certainly going to take out loans. They are going to be massive, probably around $100,000. And if you don’t have to take out loans, there are better ways to spend $200,000. Invest in a house, for example.
You won’t make as much money as you think. Many law schools have now been sued for fudging employment numbers, including top-tier law schools. The market for lawyers is just that much worse than what you’re made to think. Even if you land one of the highest-paying corporate law jobs at $180,000 a year in starting salary, at the hours you’d be working, that’s about $50 an hour. There are tons of other careers that will pay you $50 an hour and not require three years of education, never seeing your friends, and $100,000 in debt.” [Emphasis mine]
After listing several other valid reasons for eschewing law school, Mohan points out the following:
“Law is boring. It’s nothing like what you see on TV. You’re not going to be sitting at a carved wooden table, questioning the applicability of Citizens United to a new Supreme Court case. You’re also not going to be tearing down a witness on a stand. You’re going to be sitting in a cubicle and cranking out memos.
Law is not going to help you save the world. In fact, you’re probably going to have to do the opposite – work for a corporate law firm and watch your billable hours – just to pay back your loans. Most nonprofits don’t even hire straight out of law school…
Law is not going to make your parents/friends/significant other happy or proud of you. Or even if it does now, it’s not going to 10 years down the road when you’re miserable, never keep in touch with them, and are still paying off your debt.” [Emphasis in original]
If you are attending a non-elite law school, and your father is not a federal judge/pig, then you essentially have no shot in hell of landing a Biglaw position anyway. So that option is not available to THE VAST MAJORITY of law students or graduates. Get the picture yet, moron?!?! Is this starting to penetrate your little gray matter?
Prior Alarms: Back on October 13, 2015, the Hustle featured a Tucker Max piece labeled “Why You Shouldn’t Go to Law School.” Enjoy this meaty portion:
“Let me repeat myself: YOU SHOULD NOT GO TO LAW SCHOOL.
If you’re still thinking about law school start by asking yourself one simple question:
“Why do I want to go to law school?”
It’s an obvious question, but almost everyone overlooks or avoids it. So answer it, right now, to yourself. Then compare this reason to the list below.
These are the six wrong reasons I hear most often. See if your answer is in this list.”
Here is his line item inventory:
• I like arguing and everyone says I’m good at it.
• I want to be like Jack McCoy from Law & Order [or insert your favorite legal TV show character].
• It’s the only way I can think of to use my humanities degree.
• I want to change the world/help homeless people/rescue stray kittens/do something noble.
• I don’t know what else to do.
• I want to make a lot of money.
If you are a pussy, you will be offended by Tucker Max. However, he went to Duke Law School. When it comes to “legal education,” he knows what the hell he is talking about, lemming. YOU, on the other hand, only have your “dreams” or feelings as a reference point.
On July 11, 2016, the Huffington Post featured an entry from Ishan Puri, under the headline “Should I Go To Law School?” After prefacing his article with the fact that law school is often a $200K+ decision, the author delineates the following moronic reasons for attending:
• My parents want me to go
• I want to make a difference/change the world
• I want to make a lot of money
• I don’t know what else to do
• I want to be a lawyer
See a pattern, Dumbass?!?! By the way, Puri is a Stanford graduate – as well as an entrepreneur and investor. This means that he too is significantly smarter than you, Bitch.
Conclusion: I and dozens of other people have provided enough facts, charts, graphs, and industry pig statements about the law school scam, for several damn years now. In fact, here is a free compendium of resources, lazy bastard. If you choose to overlook those figures – including average law student indebtedness – then you are WILLFULLY IGNORANT. How in the hell can you expect to competently represent clients on things such as deeds, covenants, property line disputes, contractual obligations, wills, estate planning, divorces, criminal matters, etc.?!?! You cannot even look out for your own financial well-being, fool!
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