QI am a senior in college about to enter the real world, and I am beginning to have serious doubts about attending law school. Given the massive amount of layoffs and decline in hiring at BigLaw firms recently, I am just not sure that going into six-figure debt will eventually pay off for me or many of my classmates who will be entering law school.
Thankfully, I studied accounting in college and have secured employment in that field for the time being; however, I had always intended on going to law school one day. But now, I doubt the legal field will get better any time soon. What are your thoughts on the availability of jobs (and even starting salaries) for future law students?
Given the economy, not to mention the bitter feelings expressed on this site, I have serious concern that a law degree is not a guaranteed ticket to a comfortable, happy lifestyle.
AGreat question. But unfortunately, you omitted the most important fact from your post. Do you want to be a lawyer? For real. Do you feel it in your bones? Does the possibility of practicing law excite you? If so, then GO TO LAW SCHOOL!
This site might be called Bitter Lawyer, but we don’t discourage people from following their dreams. In fact, we attempt to do the opposite. We’re just realists.
As for the legal job market. It’s not great at the moment, but several BigLaw partners told me last week that things are starting to pick up, albeit slowly. Litigation is as strong as ever, but corporate and real estate practices continue to struggle.
If I were you, I wouldn’t let the economy dictate my career path—that is, if you actually want to be a lawyer. Regardless of the current economic situation, the practice of law is still a solid profession. It’s not going to disappear due to technological advances, like the music business.
My advice is this: Work at the accounting firm and see if you like that. At the same time, pay attention to the lawyers you interact with. See if you like what they do. If so, go to law school. (Granted, there are many types of law, but since you’re an accountant, I’m guessing corporate law is your thing.)