As you know by your obsessive calendaring, it's the last week of April and that means you should be getting your Law School
The opening salvo of my blog has been fairly
The purpose of this and other law school scam busting blogs is not to kill your dreams. Do not make the fatal mistake of conflating your life dreams with attending law school. The two are diametrically opposed for 99.99% of the 0L population.
In other words, YOU ARE NOT RUDY:
Go check out the list of REASONS NOT TO GO TO LAW SCHOOL at Barely Legal (a blog I unfortunately didn't discover until I was a 3L at which point I said in a small and broken prayer of a voice, "Well...Fuck").
I was a combination of several of them [ Numbers 7 / 10 / 6 / 1 are particularly accurate & I still feel the scar of No. 7 ] like many 0L's now contemplating signing up to attend law school. The difference between when they first made that list & now is that you can add FINANCIAL SUICIDE to the list.
What I have learned, from bitter experience, is that Law School is actually a gigantic obstacle to accomplishing your true dreams. It's not a vehicle to get you there. In fact, like me and many others, you'll probably find that you won't even be able to get back onto the path/career/job that you were on before attending law school.
IT'S NOT TOO LATE FOR YOU! SAVE YOURSELF! RUN AWAY!
I have friends who have graduated from every Tier, including the hallowed T-14s. Every single one that I have talked to feels the same way that I do (even those who have legal jobs). At best, they feel stuck.
At worst, they feel
As I said earlier you're not Rudy when it comes to Law School,
YOUR NAME IS TOBY!
The above clip is also what you should emotionally prepare yourself for should you make the disastrous decision to attend Law School & how I feel about the experience. Also, if you have a problem with me using Roots as a metaphor for attending
*Sidenote, If you want to get a great insight on being a new, black J.D. in today's world check out:
I won't go so far as to call myself a
It helped make me who I am today (whoever the hell that is). I do think going to law school was a colossal mistake that I could have avoided and will suffer the consequences for a long time coming. It probably could have been avoided if I had a single solitary person or source make me reconsider. BUT LITERALLY NOBODY I talked to about it or whose opinion I valued said anything but "Great choice!"
My life, such as it is now, is an ongoing attempt to
But right now, YOU still have the chance to take the time and money you would
There is one sentence from a puff piece article featured in the infamous US News & World Report Ranking Issue, several years back when I decided to go to law school, that will haunt me forever:
"The law degree is the Swiss army knife of graduate degrees. You can do anything with it."
No it's not. I found out that when you get a law degree it traps you in the law. It doesn't work like a Swiss army knife and let you do whatever you want. Lay people don't get it and the other lawyers are just as miserable as you trying to scratch out a living with all they have (all they have being that crappy Esq. at the end of your name). If you get a job in today's world, probably at McDonald's or Burger King if you're lucky, no one will look to you for anything other than your legal two cents.
There are a lot of people who would be fine with that kind of pigeonholing if their earning potential made up for it. But what about when you're making less money than everyone else? Not that money is the only thing that matters, but it makes a hell of a difference when the loan sharks come knocking. It makes a hell of a difference when you decide to try and start your own business, start a family, or do something really crazy like try to sustain a romantic relationship with your new found shackles.
If you really feel like you must to go to law school right now...take a breath and think about it one last long hard time...Unfortunately, Law Schools abound and aren't going anywhere. If you do finally decide to go, they'll be there ready and willing to
But my advice is to go live your real dreams, don't take them out back and pull an Old Yeller on them...and wear sunscreen. If reading anything on this or the other pages helps prevent someone from making the mistake I did, it was more than worth it.