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Law Schools - Where and Why?

Discussion in 'Business, Careers & Education' started by El Argentino, Nov 2, 2011.

  1. odoreater

    odoreater Senior member

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    So you consider working on a leveraged buyout to be a "high quality" case? You are in for some nice surprises...
     
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  2. randomkoreandude

    randomkoreandude Senior member

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    lol no i was only making the point that the bigger clients go to the biggest firms. esp. now that most corps are sitting on cash, only the biggest ones are doing M&A activity

    but yeah believe me i know that closings suck balls ...
     
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    When you're paying 150K for a degree, these are terrible statistics.

    This is the point, people: Paying a king's ransom for a 15% shot at a salary good enough to pay it off is unbelievably foolish.
     
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    No doubt. I'm hoping for a decent scholarship unless I sneak into the T14. The problem is... my alternatives aren't looking very bright.
     
  6. Lord-Barrington

    Lord-Barrington Senior member

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    If you can't get into the T14 and you can't score good scholarship money elsewhere, don't do it.
     
  7. ConcernedParent

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    Humanities degree eh.
     
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    How'd you guess? :brick:
    Current scholarship offers have not been promising... I'll have a better idea in another month.
     
  9. ConcernedParent

    ConcernedParent Senior member

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    I am you.
     
  10. randomkoreandude

    randomkoreandude Senior member

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    polisci & soci double major here lol
     
  11. Lord-Barrington

    Lord-Barrington Senior member

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    Poli sci and I had a job before I even graduated.

    It's all about the legwork, friends. There's almost nothing in life you can't land with a little hustle, but if you think your fucked just because you have a social science or humanities degree, you're not going to go far in anything you do.
     
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    I've been working in a field I have no desire of being in. I'm ready for a change, whether that change be a new career path or law school. I'm not putting all my eggs in one expensive, debt-laden basket.
     
  13. Lord-Barrington

    Lord-Barrington Senior member

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    Words of wisdom.
     
  14. reidrothchild

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    Have you thought about switching gears altogether and pursuing a medical or pharmacy degree? You could get your undergrad biology, organic chemistry, etc. pre-reqs out of the way while you work and then be in position get into a program that would guarantee you a job upon graduation. Don't confine your options to law school just because that's most compatible with your worthless undergrad degree. That's throwing good money after bad. Accept that you've been duped like the majority of college-goers in this country, accept that your undergrad is a sunk cost that isn't likely to ever provide an acceptable ROI, and just hit reset. If I was in your position again, I'd have just started all over at age 22 and become a dentist or something. I know guys who graduated from D.O. programs that start out making nearly as much as a big law pays Ivy League grads.
     
  15. reidrothchild

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    From what I've observed, it's not that a humanities degree precludes you from getting a decent job, it's that those degrees simply do not open any doors for you. It's great that you found a good job based on your hustle and other personal traits, but that's not an endorsement of your degree so much as it reflects on you as a person. I'd speculate that pairing your personal virtues with a useful degree, like engineering or computer science degree, would have raised your ceiling immensley. When you spend 4 years and tens of thousands, I think you should expect to be learning a skill set that will make you a desired commodity upon graduation.
     
  16. randomkoreandude

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    lord: also depends on what job you had when you grad and from what school and how well you did there plus the rest of your cv

    i grad from CWRU (known only for med & eng, which is why i went in the first place) with poli sci & soci and i had a job offer at a prominent lobbying firm in DC but the pay wasnt what i wanted. i think he was going to give me 45-50k ish. but i didnt get that job from my school or grades as much as my own hustle as you said. i worked over the summer with them and they loved me. i could have gone to any school for that job

    for me i ended up taking the lsat senior year, scored pretty well, got in early at gtown, deferred and took the year off to "relax" while i tutored some students on the side
     
  17. Kid Nickels

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    You would think so but universities are just businesses. I mean wtf is someone going to do with a philosophy, history, or anthropology degree all by itself? Aside from going the academic route, they are just reasonable foundations and stepping stones to some other grad degree. Fortunately, I got a full ride in undergrad and didn't owe a dime. Any money I borrow can be applied directly to grad school.
     
  18. Lord-Barrington

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    I think what people often forget about engineering or computer science is that for many, many people studying these fields and then working in them would be horrifically boring. I was certainly one of those people. I work with engineers now and can't see myself doing what they do and I certainly couldn't have spent four years studying what they did.

    A job, and your education, should be at the intersection of what you like, what you're good at, and what others will pay you to do. A lot of engineering students I've known were neither good at it or enjoyed it, and were therefore miserable in their studies and their subsequent careers.
     
  19. Lord-Barrington

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    No one finds a job working as a philosopher, but you can find entry level work in many businesses with a variety of degrees.

    As I said, Political Science degree here and I work in business for a large corporation.
     
  20. Kid Nickels

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    right. Of course I'm limiting the scope as such.... some of those degrees will open doors into entry level positions of a somewhat related (or not) nature... but from a literal standpoint, ya you are not actually getting paid to philosophize or be Indiana Jones or something.
     

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