Just because … A Law Degree is NOT a Golden Ticket to a High-Paying Job
It’s been a bit busy in my law firm life, but not so busy that I can’t find and appreciate legal/law firm humor.
OK. The funniest bit about this video is 1) how truthful it is; and 2) how bad the audio is, but in a funny way.
Karen Sloan’s article, “Going to law school? Proceed with caution,” in the National Law Journal (subscription required) summed it up well:
“Far too many law students expect that earning a law degree will solve their financial problems for life,” reads a recent message posted on the ABA’s Web site from the organization’s Commission on the Impact of the Economic Crisis on the Profession and Legal Needs. “In reality, however, attending law school can become a financial burden for law students who fail to consider carefully the financial implications of their decision.”
That message is at the core of A Law School Carol, which was produced by a 2009 graduate of a second-tier law school who has not been able to find a legal job and now is looking for work in other fields — a search he chronicles on his blog, Esq. Never. He views his decision to go to law school as a costly mistake (his debt is in the “six figures”), and hopes his blog and YouTube videos will prompt potential law students to delve beyond the conventional wisdom. A law degree is not a golden ticket, nor is law school a good place for directionless college graduates to plot their next move, he said.
“Like a lot of people, I took society’s view that law school is a good career move and leads to a stable job,” said the unnamed blogger behind Esq. Never, who agreed to an interview on condition of anonymity because he does not want to hurt his job prospects. “Unfortunately, I think a lot of employment career statistics aren’t accurate, and I ended up with buyer’s remorse.”
The best message from the videos? Before deciding to go to law school, educate yourself and make an informed decision BEFORE you invest the money.