Where do the midsized law firms come in, in terms of employment of freshly minted law-grads? I just don't believe everything has to be OMG-NYC-SKADDENARPS OR 50K A YEAR!!!!! And secondly, even if you do start out at a plebeian wage I'm sure your opportunities for advancement and higher career earnings is much, MUCH greater than those prior to entering lawschool. Think about the kind of kids that go to lawschool; many are social science (excluding econ) or humanities majors. They make dicksquat coming out of college at their HR jobs or whatever, and continue to make dicksquat for the rest of their employable lifetimes. Mediocrity. The average GPA of an engineering major at my school and the one across town is roughly 3.0- I'm sure they find jobs, just not at companies I have ever heard of. It's known as the bimodality of new law job salaries. Edit: According to the most recent study the new median is $65k. http://volokh.com/2010/07/25/the-bim...of-lawyer-pay/ There are some mid-law jobs, obviously, just not many of them and a lot of them pay well south of market (closer to $60k than $160k) from what I have seen. But, in general, it really is BigLaw or nothing (nothing being those lower paying positions). I agree that English majors will actually make some money as a lawyer, probably more than if they just sat on their BA. But is that much more to offset a huge investment? Probably not.