Originally Posted by TauKappaEpsilon
Thank you all for your advice, opinions, and responses. I've been struggling with my future career path for several years now. I write all of the following in complete honesty, and I say this trying to sound as humble as possible.
I come from a moderately successful family who made their money in real estate, my family started out with some of the bigger names (Kushner, Hovnanian, etc.). Real estate has always been a great option for me and I have several opportunities at my families company or at a corporate firm in Manhattan when I graduate (within the next year or two). Although this sounds great and promising, even though the market currently sucks, I've realized I like law a lot more. I know grades dont matter that much but I get straight As in all my law classes with very, very minimal work. The things I learn about in my legal classes (whether its my White Collar and Commercial crime class, or my criminology class) I enjoy everything I learn and find it comes very easy to me. I also like the logical thinking that goes into the discussions of each case study we do. Due to my great enjoyment and academic success in my law classes I'm highly considering giving up a career in real estate to try to pursue law (even though I know its harder for a young lawyer to find a job then it is for a new home builder). I'm fortunate enough to not have to pay for my education so I'm currently throwing around some ideas with my parents and grandparents. I know how difficult it is to get a respectable job at a lawfirm that pays well so I've been thinking about what I can do to make myself stand out. I was thinking that I might stay in school for a long time (almost as long as a doctor stays in school/residency). I'm on a path to finishing my undergraduate studies a year early so I was thinking about staying there an extra year and doing a 5 year masters program. The idea that I'm considering is to continue to stay in school after the extra year for my masters and get a PhD. Then after having a PhD I should be able to find some kind of job I enjoy (maybe real estate) and go to law school at night for a few years. If I get a JD and I'm barred after having a PhD and several years of work experience (and hopefully some money) I think my chances of getting a respectable position as a lawyer would be quite high, especially because I'd be able to bring in a lot of work from my previous years of work during law school.
I hope I've explained this properly, and I'm looking forward to your feedback and suggestions. Again, I know many lawyers, but I've never sat down and really spoke to them about the best career path for myself so I really appreciate your advice.
this is gonna sound really harsh, but you come across as a self entitled douchebag. your entire post is one big humblebrag ("I don't say this to brag, BUT...").
your undergraduate classes are nothing like classes in graduate school or law school. nothing. you also don't seem to realize that EVERYONE who is in a top law program or a top PhD program has a 3.8+ and a ton of internships, etc. it is... just incredibly competitive out there. for anything. you need to have a better, more realistic understanding of your prospects.
a couple obvious, obvious issues:
* don't stay at one school for your undergrad, MA and PhD
* PhD in what field? if it's anything humanities related tack on an extra 3-4 years
* why do you assume a PhD is impressive to law schools?
edit: also never, EVER talk about coming from a privileged background. it's a huge turn off to people, because no matter how you phrase it you're saying "look I'm important and special and I have lots of connections," and I know that, for humanities programs at least, being a privileged white male is the worst possible thing for your career or admission prospects.