It isn't shoddy advice at all. It depends what you want. If you are dead set on being a lawyer, even if that means you might make less money than if you never went to law school then by all means go to law school. The reality is that the legal market is very tough right now for a variety of reasons that I gather the average college student does not comprehend (I don't think many lawyers understand it). Additionally, the economy is not good in general. On top of that there are plenty of out of work or underemployed lawyers. In this market big firms can be choosy about pedigree and smaller firms have their pick of people with 10 years of experience they can hire as laterals for a bargain. Edit- One final thought- people discussing LSAT scores really make me laugh. In some ways it's classic lawyer-logic because lawyers tend to be risk averse people who try to predict success. I would really caution you against putting too much stock in the "LSAT predicts law school success, ergo facto, I will be a success at law school". As much as you probably have a good idea of what you are getting into, you will not really know how you will fare until you get there. I encountered plenty of very brilliant college students who were still shell shocked after we passed the bar that they didn't make law review. Know that you ARE taking a gamble. Final Edit- I swore I wouldn't open this thread, but I ignored my own instincts. I just wasted over an hour.