The Supreme Court’s very own chief justice said this week that many Americans go to law school for the wrong reasons.”I think there are a lot of people who go to law school because they’re not good at maths and can’t think of anything else to do,” John Roberts said at Houston’s Rice University.
That’s not the only bad reason to drop $200,000 on a law degree.
In his book “Don’t Go To Law School (Unless),” law professor Paul Campos ranks the eight most ridiculous reasons for going to law school.
OK, this is probably a pretty benign reason to go to law school, especially since your lawyer family members could help you get a job, Campos says.
'But do you really want to have the same life as that person?' Campos asks in his book.
While first-year lawyers at huge law firms can make $160,000, according to industry group NALP, the reality is that most make less if they get jobs at all.
Lawyers at firms with fewer than 70 lawyers make a median salary of $70,750, for example.
That's not very much if you incurred a ton of debt at a private school.
Most legal work is 'boring and stressful' and most lawyers are dissatisfied and stressed-out, Campos says.
Indeed, a Business Insider analysis of National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health data found a disturbingly high suicide rate among lawyers.
4. None of this is relevant because I'm going to graduate in the top 10 per cent of my class, work at a big firm to pay off my debts in five years, and then do what I really wanted all along.
3. My parents will be disappointed with me if I don't do something respectable instead of pursuing my dream of being a BLANK.
It's not respectable to be broke, in debt, and possibly jobless or underemployed, Campos points out.
Not sure how to break the news? Above the Law has this helpful primer on how to tell your parents you're not going to law school.
2. What am I supposed to do with this useless degree in English/Polici/Sociology/Assyrian Musicology
Campos urges you not to 'double down on useless degrees' while increasing your debt load significantly.
If you're really in a rut, you could try Americorps to buy yourself some time while you try to figure out what to do with that English degree.
Don't spend $200,000 figuring out you don't want to practice the law after all.
'Have you ever said to yourself, I don't know what to do with my life -- so I'm going to spend three years of it going deeply into debt, in a quite possibly futile attempt to enter a profession that I have no desire to join?' Campos asks in his book.
'I bet you haven't, because who would ever say something that idiotic?'
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