Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Still Want to Go to Law School, Dumbass?
Missing the Big Question: On July 11, 2016, JSTOR published an Angela Chen article that was entitled “Do People Regret Going to Law School?” Look at this sideways opening:
“Once upon a time, law school was a sure bet. You had three years of study and panicked over passing the Bar, but as soon as that was done you’d be set for life in a prestigious, high-paying job. Not so much anymore. The profession is in crisis, with more new lawyers than demand, and law schools are scaling back to protect their students.
Critics have suggested that going to law school is no longer a smart investment because with so few jobs, only those who go to the top 10 schools stand a chance of paying off the massive debt that law school incurs.
But these are the critiques from the outside. What do lawyers themselves say? In a 2013 paper, researchers Ronit Dinovitzer, Bryant Garth and Joyce Sterling analyzed various sets of data to determine whether law school grads really had buyers’ remorse.
First, they found that the chances of obtaining a high-paying job were slim. The starting salary for new lawyers at a corporate firm can be around $165,000, but elsewhere, the starting salary is more like $50,000. Evidence shows the number of people who go the “corporate law” track has been shrinking, so the first job for most graduates will not make up for their debt.
The researchers also found that indeed, going to a Top 10 law school was crucial, and that grades matter too; graduates with average grades (under about 3.37 GPA) from a Top 10 were about as likely to find a spot in a top firm as the very best students from less prestigious schools.
Finally, the researchers analyzed a questionnaire that asked the lawyers themselves, about seven years on, how they felt about their decision. These numbers painted a surprisingly rosy picture. Unsurprisingly, graduates from the top 10 schools reported the highest satisfaction[.]” [Emphasis mine]
You can tell this article was written by a third-rate journalist who doesn’t have a damn clue about how these cesspools operate. The law schools are not featuring smaller class sizes, in order to “protect” the students, Bitch! They are actually admitting a higher percentage of a dumber applicant pool. Also, graduates of second tier sewers and third tier commodes would cry tears of joy if they made $50K per year. If you don’t land Biglaw, you are looking at jobs paying $38K-$45K annually. The fool then defecated this conclusion:
“So while it’s true that the market isn’t great and the debt can be a real drawback, these don’t seem to have as much impact on life satisfaction as the naysayers may think. Even years later and with a lot of debt, most people are glad that they went—and that should be good news for the future lawyers stepping into the classroom every fall.”
Yes, graduating with an additional $134,812.91 in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt will not impact one’s life satisfaction, right?!?! These grads are living in financial hell. Apparently, this pinhead needs to see a few more longitudinal studies on the subject.
The $200K Question: On July 11, 2016, the Huffington Post featured an entry from Ishan Puri, under the headline “Should I Go To Law School?” Read the following portion:
“Today, choosing to go to law school is often a $200,000-plus decision. Thus, it comes as no surprise that when talking about law school, usually the first question I get from potential law school applicants is, Should I go to law school? This is a question that every aspiring law applicant should ask themselves. There is no decision-tree or all-encompassing diagram that will be able to answer this question for everyone.
But, whenever I get this question, I always respond with a question of my own: Why do you want to go to law school? To me, this is the most important question that every potential law applicant needs to answer. Before spending months studying for the LSAT, and then a couple more on writing essays and preparing applications, it’s important that potential law students take a step back and ask themselves: What is my motivation for going to law school? As I have explored this question with the many potential applicants that have come my way, I’ve noticed that most answers usually follow one of the following patterns.” [Emphasis mine]
The author then dilineates – and tears apart – the following sorry-ass reasons for wanting to go to law school:
• 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
Anyone attending an ABA-accredited toilet today is WILLFULLY IGNORANT of the economic realities facing recent grads. These mental midgets deserve no sympathy. Legal process outsourcing, automation, and vendors such as LegalZoom have taken a huge toll on the need for lawyers.
Notarios and states that allow “licensed paralegal practitioners” to engage in the limited practice of law have also helped damage the industry. You now have idiots doing piecemeal work or doing a case from beginning to end for $400. Furthermore, statutes and case law are available to anyone with an Internet connection. For decades, a non-attorney would need to physically visit a law library for these sources. With all that in mind, why in the hell would anyone with a brain stem want to incur outrageous sums of student loans for a chance to enter this GLUTTED field?!?!
Conclusion: Ask not whether you should go to law school, but ask yourself why you want to attend. Then ponder the following: Can you reasonably see yourself being successful enough at your desired position to: (a) get hired at that job; and (b) be able to repay your student loans and to provide for yourself and possibly a family. It really comes down to this, people: try not to be too stupid. If your full scale IQ is hovering in the 80s, you should take a couple of deep breaths, put down your coloring book, and perhaps consult your caregiver. But if you do nothing else, make damn sure that you discuss your decision with someone who recently graduated from a law school that is not a top 8-10 institution, BEFORE you even apply or register with LSAC.
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