On Campus
Jan 28, 2009, 11:17AM

Don't go to law school

You're not smart enough.

Bwah hah hah:

7. Law-cest

It’s ridiculously tempting.  You’re cooped up all the time with the same people, studying the same thing.  Who else could understand the insane amount of time you’re going to spend studying other than a law student?  Look at her.  She’s hot.  She’s smart.  Why not, right?  Wrong!  Remember in undergrad when you dated that girl in calculus and it got real awkward when you broke up?  Good thing you didn’t run in the same group of friends, right?  You only had to deal with it when she took the batteries out of your TI-89 and threw them on the floor.  Right, Lindsay?  Anyway, imagine that scenario if you were in every single class together for a year, and then continued to take a bunch of classes together for two more after that.  In addition, you roll in the same clique (collectively, “the law school”), and you bump into each other everywhere you go. 

Oh, and did I mention that everyone in the law school knows more about your personal life with her than you do?  It’s baffling, really, but we’ll discuss that in more detail later.

  • As a pre-law student, this article absolutely terrified me. Thanks for ruining my evening Splice Today...

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  • Add in that there are too many lawyers already; law firms are laying off employees by the drove; and lawyers are held in the same low esteem as politicians, journalists and (for some) Catholic priests. Oh, and the hours are killer if you want to get ahead, so don't plan on seeing your family.

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  • As a current law student, I agree with this countdown 100%. However, I would still say, 'Go to law school.' Sure, these things are all true, but it's still a means to an end. First of all, you don't have to be a lawyer after graduating - a J.D. looks good in virtually every field. Secondly, Greenlight's description represents just a percentage of the attorney profession. Greenlight has simply laid out the stereotype of lawyers, but in actuality most people don't go into corporate law - and even then it varies from firm to firm in terms of whether the hours are ridiculous.

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