Q) I am a recent graduate from a TTT school and I graduated in the bottom half of the class (100/160). I worked for 2 out of the 3 years when I was in Law school and like to think I have a strong work ethic, however I was never strong at tests and nothing changed with law school exams. I do not know whether to pursue a career in law, but I do not know whether a degree from a TTT law school is worth anything in the real world. The most redeeming quality of me is that I have a very colorful background, which includes living on 3 continents and speaking 4 languages, but considering the mountain of rejection letters I have received it does not seem to be appealing to anyone. I really do not know what else to do, or what career path to consider, should I work for the government as my teachers have suggested, but who would want to hire a bottom of the barrel from a crappy law school. Please give me some of your valuable insight.
A) Unfortunately, I can’t advise you without knowing what you want to do. Where’s your passion? What are your dreams?
I know those are touchy-feely, self-help type questions—especially these days. But they’re still important. In fact, I’d argue that now is a great time to pursue your dreams. The economy sucks, which means opportunity costs are less, which means that taking risks and pursuing dreams are actually more practical.
Back to reality for a moment. A TTT diploma is hardly worthless. It’s a law degree. You’re a lawyer. All good. But it’s definitely not a ticket to BigLaw, wealth, or career stability. It’s a vocational degree which lets you practice your vocation. Nothing more, nothing less. The question is: Do you want to practice your vocation?
In short, my advice is this: Figure out what you want to do (whether it’s legally-oriented or not) then devise a plan to get there. Easier said than done, I know. But it’s a much better plan than sitting around, feeling sorry for yourself, and trying to figure out who might want to hire someone from the “bottom of the barrel from a crappy law school.”