I write not necessarily expecting a response, having read both your ebook and a daily reading of ILSS, and have been thoroughly convinced that law school would be financially ruinous to me. I graduated from [highly-ranked university], with good grades and a decent LSAT, but the only option was instate sticker price at [top 30 school] which after consideration would have been nearly a $90,000 mistake that I am glad I did not make. Yet, I still regularly see old undergraduate colleagues boasting of their accomplishments at their third tier law schools which I view with a mix of schadenfreude and pity.The looming question that I often get stuck with, is what else should these individuals be doing? This is something I have not been able to answer for myself. I have a degree in political science and history, both with a focus on the American legal system. Had I known the realities of law school in 2006, when I entered college, I may very well have studied something different. But pressures of a middle class family made me believe the law was a career I would be well suited in. I still feel that way: my skill set is completely built around writing, reading, and research within legal sources. So to all those out there who naively thought law school was the next natural transition after receiving a liberal arts degree focused on legal studies, what should we do? Even those of us fortunate enough to be employed are not utilizing our skill set, and perhaps that's more an indictment of our economy, but I am left wondering.
It's disheartening to have parents, relatives, and professors place expectations on you, and to honestly believe one would be a good lawyer, but then to refuse to meet those expectations because I believe earnestly that the economics don't work. I am still unsure of how to address those expectations of family and old professors.
Though, to end on a better note, at least the professors that once pushed me into a legal education are now finally starting to understand. My constitutional history professor has expressed to me that she is no longer recommending law school to any of her current undergraduates and is happy to explain the economics of it to them.For many, though, I fear its too late.Sincerely,
Meanwhile the good folks at LSAC are launching a new initiative in response to plunging LSAT administrations and law school applications:
From Community College to Law School
A new LSAC diversity initiative aims to create opportunities for interaction between law school representatives and community college faculty and staff. The goal is to raise awarenessabout law school preparation and legal career opportunities for two-year college students from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in the legal profession. Community college faculty and transitional counselors can take advantage of new opportunities to learn about the paths to law school, law career opportunities, and the benefits of DiscoverLaw.org and DiscoverLaw.org Months.
The initiative kicked off this fall when community college faculty and staff attended seminars in Chicago and San Francisco as part of a collaboration between LSAC’s Diversity Initiatives staff and Street Law, Inc. Street Law is dedicated to teaching about law, democracy, and human rights; the seminars helped Street Law participants learn about the ways that DiscoverLaw.org can help students become successful law school applicants.
Additional seminars are being planned to help community college students discover careers in law.