While there's no question that in America today more social prestige attaches to doctors than to lawyers, doctors and lawyers are the two most commonly cited professions when people speak in an offhand way about social mobility in general, and more specifically about the relationship between educational opportunity and the American dream, so-called (if you type "a doctor or" into Google, the first auto-fill will be "a lawyer.")
There's a good deal of cultural cachet attached to the social identity of the lawyer, or more pompously "the attorney at law," which helps explains an internet thread like this one. Executive summary: philosophy major with 3.8 GPA and bad LSAT score wants to know if he should go to Michigan State Law School ($36K annual tuition) if he wants to be a Chicago lawyer, or go to a currently lower-rated local law school (John Marshall, $40K) instead, given that in either case he can graduate debt-free. It turns out he can graduate debt-free because "my family is incredibly eager to see their only child+only grandson become a hot-shot lawyer. They do not understand the state of the legal profession, and no matter what horror story I tell them about the legal profession, they simply do not care."
In other words, somebody with a 60th percentile LSAT score and no apparent reason to go to law school beyond the realization that an undergrad degree in philosophy isn't particularly sought after on the job market at the moment is asking whether he ought to in all likelihood light $150K of his family's money on fire. He is advised against this particular course of action, but he's clearly finding it difficult to take that advice:
The one notion that still throws me off is how accessible information is about the "law school scam", and how so many people still attend law school. It makes me think the scam blogs represent those that simply couldn't hack law school, or are socially inept and simply couldn't interview. This is not meant to offend anyone, I'm just trying to gain a better understanding of the information available.I don't blame this kid -- and he does come off as a woefully naive young person, i.e., under present circumstances an ideal law school applicant -- for being confused. "Everybody" knows that lawyers make lots of money and have interesting, sexy, high-status jobs. That's why this kid's family will spend six figures to send him to law school, when they would almost certainly consider the idea of just giving him $150,000 as seed money for living life as an adult to be a completely irresponsible thing to do. Which, again under the present circumstances, seems more than a little ironic.