I really appreciated the thread on law school below. I am at a point of liminality in my life - I need to choose my post-graduate education, and could use some advice. I just turned 27 years old. I graduate from Cal State San Marcos in Southern California next spring with a Bachelor's in Business Administration, focused on High Technology Management. This makes sense for me since I currently run the MIS for a small company (45 employees ~35-40 mil) and have done so for the last 3 years. Before that I did computer security consulting. I'm also a Veteran, having served 4 years in the USMC (enlisted - honorable discharge). So here's my dilemma. I could go to San Diego State and get my MSBS in 30 units (one year). I could get an MBA in 48 units. Thing is, I can't for the life of me find anything in business I LIKE doing. In fact, the only thing that really rings my bell is law - I took 2 law classes as electives (criminal and constitutional law). I aced them both and loved every second. When I face the facts, I would much rather do law then business. I've always been interested in philosophy and political science - law just brings it all together for me. The question is, would going to law school be worth the sacrifices I would have to make? First off would be the tuition (and the debt it would incur). There are 3 law schools in San Diego, all charge roughly 22-25K per year. Second would be the loss of my lifestyle: I do pretty good for may age and not having a degree, had to pay taxes on $67000 in income last year, and received about another 10K in tuition money from the USMC which was tax free. If I go to B-school, I can continue to work and go to school at night, maintaining my resume and income. I would also be able to get out of school with no debt. Starting law school would mean going back to penniless student =/ Another problem are the schools here. USD is a second tier school - Cal Western and Thomas Jefferson are from my understanding lesser institutions. Ironically, they all charge as much as Stanford or Harvard. Is a degree from these types on institutions going to get me anywhere? I realize this is quite long, but any insights and advice would be greatly appreciated..
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5/20/02 at 5:51pm