If you're a good student and/or really want to be a lawyer, go for it. If you're using it as a crutch because of a tough job market for college grads, tough it out and find a job. Law school will always be there.
As for schools, unless you're going top tier, figure out where you might want to live. Not necessarily a specific city but say, you want to live in Nashville or the South in general - then find a law school that has a high success rate of placing graduates in those locations.
Spivey works or worked in law school admissions and I'm sure he'll chime in.
Posted on 2/7 1:04 PM | IP: Logged
I agree with Commies.
Posted on 2/7 1:06 PM | IP: Logged
I agree. Unless you get into a top 10 school, avoid the mid tier private schools and go to a state school or even a lower tier state school in the region you want to work. Where I went to school (high/mid tier private school) most of the students don't end up with the employment options they expected. I'm recommending state/lower schools because it's easier academically and easier to finish higher in your class, which gives you more employment options than the type of school I attended, and the tuition is much cheaper. It seemed like a lot of firms would hire a couple of summer associates from each school in their area/region, and your odds are better to be higher in the class in a lesser pool.
Also be careful what you wish for, because a lot of new lawyers hate their jobs yet have to keep them to pay off loans. And a lot of folks get out of practicing law (like myself), not so much because they hate legal work but because working at law firms can really suck and there are better opportunities elsewhere.
This post was edited on 2/7 1:24 PM by Doreking
Posted on 2/7 1:23 PM | IP: Logged
Of course I heard some (but definitely not all) of those things when I was in your shoes, but I was skeptical and thought it would work out great for me. It was basically a bunch of misery and disappointment. Sure I benefit from the legal education, but I should have gone to school elsewhere. I really wish JD/MBA's were only 3 years, because that would definitely be the way to go.
Posted on 2/7 1:28 PM | IP: Logged
I 100% concur with Commies. And definitely talk to Spivey.