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For Those Considering Law School

Don't Drink the Kool-Aid

It has been a while since I posted, I’ve been busy trying to survive amidst the steadily decreasing opportunities for lawyers and the mocking economy. Nevertheless, there are still some who are sounding the “don’t go to law school” horn, including those who have much to gain by increased student enrollment.

A couple of years ago, a self-described ‘unconventional’ IVY League Journal-Harvard Unbound published a comment written by an assistant professor of a law school entitled: For Those Considering Law School (2010)

The author reiterates starry-eyed 0Ls who desire to make a difference and explains alot of jobs that would help people in the legal industry does not require a law degree and you’ll make about what a secretary makes $35,000-$45,000. The only difference, you’ll be saddled with immeasurable debt and a lifelong grudgery of how to pay it off. My note, how does one maintain the desire to help others when one is unable to feed or shelter oneself.

For people of color, it is noted even in media that when the economy isn’t “bad,” how it is usually worse for minorities. So, when whites with the same degree you have and sometimes IVY League are unable to find a job, what chance do you have to find meaningful employment, where your talents and mind are respected in mainstream companies. Before the recession, minorities discussed how they are sometimes discriminated against. Just imagine now, with debt hovering over you and certain institutionalized systems in place that will also discriminate against you in housing….

Anyway, my favorite point in the dean’s comment: “There is no point in investing three years of your life into a school experience and then having a job you hate, so consider this strongly before going.”

CONCLUSION: Don’t think twice before going to law school. Just don’t go.

Reasons Why You Should Not Go to Law School

Top 10

10) Money Money, Money or the lack thereof you will be mortgaging your future.

9) People assume that an attorney = prestige, lexus, bmw and a nice condo or home, you will be left with the damaging reality of scraping up money to make your monthly bills and pondering how many years of happiness you wasted

8) Unless you attend a top 10 school in top tier your prospects will diminish upon graduation with polite rebuffs of why you weren’t hired (that might’ve been repetitive too).

7) The legal profession is being outsourced, you will likely not have a job in the legal profession when you graduate.

6) What they call the ‘Socratic method’ is nothing more than hazing and to see if they can plummet your self-esteem while laughing on the way to the bank to deposit their gradiose paycheck.

5) As a person of color, you are not wanted there, no matter how hard you work, if your ideas aren’t conformist, no matter how plausible or right, you will become that professor’s target.

4) Did I mention student loans?

3) There are other options than law school, such as trade, culinary schools and other graduate programs such as engineering and medical school that are more cost-investment-worthy than law school.

2) You will be told that it is a sacrifice during your first year of law school, that your family, spouses, etc will understand the “pay-off” only to realize the only pay-off you’ll be doing is on those student loans.

1) As things are generally harder for the majority of blacks– you know discrimination in employment, housing and education, criminal justice system (don’t challenge me–I have reports and statistics), laidening yourself with debt is pushing yourself  further into a form of servitude to a system that doesn’t respect you in the first place.