Thinking bout law school...

Title Source tpqws4
Jan 2 19 Comments

Senior in college, interned at SpaceX and Capital One, thinking bout going to law school. It suits my personality better from what I’ve experienced (i don’t like nerding out over software, I enjoyed the work I did for law professor last year). Thoughts on this?

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  • Microsoft 4655434b
    Don’t assume being an attorney will be this glorious or righteous endeavor. Unless you choose to work for nearly zero pay at some advocacy group you’ll be some partner pee-on for many years at relatively mediocre pay... you may do better after 10 years or so of practicing
    Jan 2 0
  • Facebook / Mktg L7BP
    Perhaps the only degree more worthless than the MBA!
    Jan 2 1
    • Facebook alt_qq
      Most masters degrees are worth less than an MBA, tbh. At least an MBA lets people switch functions if that's what they're gunning for
      Jan 2
  • Apple fu manchu
    100k minimum for even a tier 3 law school. And your life will revolve around argumentation and conflict with people yelling at you over the phone and sending hostile emails.

    And you do all that to earn roughly what a SWE earns. And that’s a best case scenario. If you want more money, you need to work for a top law firm and work 90 hours a week. To get that privilege, you need to graduate summa cum laude from a top law school.

    There’s an oversupply of lawyers in the market.

    Most lawyers are not practicing law after 4 years.

    It’s a shit job.

    You’ve been warned.
    Jan 2 0
  • Nielsen / Eng
    quantumC

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    quantumCmore
    Talk to attorneys. Talk to A LOT of them. Salaries are dismal given the typical $250k tuition. No matter how much you love something, you have to draw the line somewhere.
    Jan 2 0
  • New / Eng ladka
    It's an old profession. I know a few people who are struggling to make a career off of law. You have better odds of success in tech. Tech includes more than just coding, BTW.
    Jan 2 0
  • Microsoft omanuch
    Please do the needful to kindly revert your thought back!
    Jan 2 0
  • Microsoft / Product MrHyde🎃🎃
    My wife is an attorney, mostly boring small cases. Movies over glorify the role

    But hey she likes it and the work
    Jan 2 2
    • RackWare Dreamlight
      What's the pay like? That is factor which can justify the 250k+ degree.
      Jan 2
    • Microsoft / Product MrHyde🎃🎃
      Meh
      Jan 4
  • Northrop Grumman / Eng (Ω,A,μ)
    I know a butt load of lawyers, if you're good enough to get into big law you'll start at 190k and should be hitting 300k after a few years then ideally trying for partner. Be prepared to work some 80+ hr weeks though.

    You could also end up as lead council at a major tech company and hit a multiple of 7 figures.

    Place well in your class and try for a top 20 program, network at a good internship and you should be good to go.
    Jan 2 1
    • Credit Karma uivhjnwnh
      And try not to get fired during that time.. Once you get let go it’s very hard to switch. The up or out structure is real.
      Jan 2
  • Glooko / Other drditto
    Top tier or don't bother unless you just like to collect degrees.
    Jan 2 0
  • Facebook NewYear19
    Get in a top 6 school and get a scholarship or grant financial aid. Otherwise don’t go unless you really really love the law. Chicago, Columbia, and NYU offer fat scholarships if you have the LSAT score and grades. Going to one of those for free and graduating with a $190k job and a law degree is a pretty solid outcome if you like law.
    Jan 2 0
  • New DvVM00
    if you can get into a tier 1 school and don’t mind working 80 hours/ week, do it. tier 2 questionable. tier 3 don’t waste your time you’ll be driving uber after graduation
    Jan 3 0
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    • Microsoft 4655434b
      Top 5-10, nobody gives a shit about #11
      Jan 2
    • Intel / Eng no apb
      There's an old site, autoadmit.com that reminds me of blind, people used to say t14 I think, it was an odd cutoff but their point was the quality drops off after the 14th school. This was years ago though.
      Jan 2
    • Nielsen / Eng
      quantumC

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      Have also heard top 14 or bust.
      Jan 2
  • Amazon / Eng Ben Dover
    Expect the worst, you may end up doing a lot of admin like lawyering like traffic court or immigration stuff, and defending a lot of real criminals and trying to make the world less just than how corrupted it already is.

    Are you ready for this mental stress?
    Jan 2 0