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Nine Reasons Not to Go to Law School

9. It’s nothing like you thought it was: Law school in reality, and not movieland, is a perverse form of middle school masquerading as a graduate program.  You’ve got your gunners (a technical LS term for supernerds, but exponentially more annoying), snipers, jocks and popular kids, environmental club kids, punks and hipsters. In your 1L year you spend all day, every day, with the same kids in your section, going from class to class. Class consists of sitting for hours, waiting to discuss the pages upon pages of material assigned and possibly never even touching on it. You say you love reading- tell me how much you love reading after you’ve gone over eight cases, seven of which occurred in the 1800s and have no bearing on the current common law. Tell me how much fun it is to dissect a 19th century justice’s rhetoric. Then tell me how great it is when after you read 80 pages of this dense material absolutely none of it gets discussed in class. Law school sessions are anything the professor wants them to be, including ridiculing student answers, spewing about unrelated policy, or scaring the shit out of kids by grilling them mercilessly for an hour and a half. It’s a never ending cycle of working and playing with the same people. And the cherry on top? We all carry our massive backpacks on the one school bus and head directly to our lockers in the morning. Anyone getting nostalgic yet?

Attending law school is like being part of the most sadistic, masochistic fraternity and going through a four month long pledge period. It’s the worst form of student group hazing I’ve ever seen or heard of, and that includes drinking pube milkshakes. If you can’t handle the hazing, you can’t hack it and don’t deserve the tag of Esq. If you can hack it, and somehow come out relatively unscathed, your grades might not be worthy of the uber-prestigious and incredulously demanding mega jobs. “Yes Mr. Cravath Swaine and Moore, I got a B+ in Contracts. I’m surprised the dean didn’t take me out back and put me out of my misery.” How I long for the days of undergrad, where students would celebrate over getting by with C’s. How stupid I was to think my summa cum laude would translate to equally high marks in law school. Law school is not an elongation of undergrad, a playground for intellectuals, or the golden ticket to employment- it’s a vocational school for people who want nothing else than to be attorneys.

8. The people: You’d think that law school is an intellectual sanctum filled with accepting individuals and devoid of popularity contests. You’d probably also like it to be completely free and guarantee you employment upon graduation. Sadly, you quickly come to the realization that your vision of a socratic wonderland is spoiled by smatterings of spoiled, narcissistic people. Oh, and it’s definitely not free.

There’s the always-exciting cafeteria politics. Everyone in the entire law school has lunch at the same time, so eating by yourself as you may have done in undergrad or real life is a social kiss of death. Your usual groups like jocks and gunners tend to stick together (unless they’re super gunners, then they sit by themselves and “study”). Then there’s the packed table of what seems like every single girl from your section besides you. Don’t worry, they won’t invite you to sit with them. And everyone leaves early so they can also go “study”. I can’t tell you how many times girls in my section said to me, “I’m skipping lunch so I can head to The Libs.” One, what kind of person ever skips a meal so nonchalantly? No wonder everyone at BC Law weighed 95 lbs dripping wet. Two, what in hell is a Libs? Do you mean the Library? I hate to break it to you, but inventing a non-clever nickname for the law library isn’t going to make it, or you, any cooler.

Also, don’t think just because everyone spends the majority of their time studying and nothing else means that you can look like a schlub. It doesn’t matter that you stayed up until 4 AM writing that memo; your classmates did too, and they’re going to look like they stepped out of a JCrew catalog in CivPro tomorrow. I went to school in the dead Northeast, complete with chilly autumns and freezing winters. Didn’t stop everyone from wearing sundresses and fancy shoes. I guess it didn’t help that I also went to one of the most preppy, white-bread universities in the country. But know this- if you plan on going to law school, don’t plan on rolling out in PJ pants like you did in college. You’ll get awkward and confused stares, and it’s not a fun time.

The worst possible example I can give of human interaction in law school is the burn blog. Soon after section assignment, most kids created Facebook groups for their respective classes. In their infinite wisdom, the “popular kids” (why are there popular kids in law school?)  created a secret Facebook group from which they would decree the weekly parties, bar reviews and general drunken revelries. Problem is, we all know anything on Facebook never stays secret. Eventually a majority of the class finds out they’re not in the uber-exclusive social club, and they’ll be excluded from most events. Or they’ll find out about it minutes before it happens. I don’t know which is worse, but now, I’d have to say ignorance is bliss. Invites were few and far between. My friend Nelly and I ranted about how if we were invited to the group, we’d refuse. Of course, when push came to shove, we wanted to be accepted as much as the next 13 year-old and caved to peer pressure. We later found out that in addition to planning weekly parties and drinking binges, Section Fun leaders were quite busy “burning” every 1L on their burn group. I thought burn groups were for middle school cheerleaders and Hollywood movies, not first tier law schools. I’ll be the first person to admit that I can be catty, biting, and sarcastic, but I pride myself on only making fun of people who absolutely, positively deserve it. I truly believe that if you are a crappy person, it’s my job to crap on you, metaphorically speaking. I don’t think I could ever write a blog about who’s on a URM scholarship or who looks like they ate an entire pie at the BCLaw Piefest. I’m not that much of a bad person, and unfortunately I was wrong to think that people like that didn’t attend law school.

7. A lesson in “life isn’t fair”: This kid sat next to me in two classes. Answered any professor’s questions well enough, though most of them seemed to be softballs. He drove me crazy because instead of taking notes assiduously like half the section, he sat on his computer all day and played Texas Hold ‘Em, Mine Sweeper, and online Backgammon. He also stayed out all night, drinking and doing God knows what because he smelled like wet dog and farts every morning. Best part is, after all the partying and game-playing and skipping classes, rumor has it he managed to score two A’s and an A-, and probably the highest GPA in the section, if not the Class of 2014. I sat in the library on weekends, nights, MY BIRTHDAY, and I only managed an A, A-, B+. The work you put in does not equal your output, kiddies. Don’t tell this story to the kids studying in the library until 3 AM, because they might jump out of the fourth floor window.

Another “life isn’t fair”- girl in my section graduated from Harvard. Wasn’t really sure why she was in law school; she didn’t seem to like it much and she probably could have gotten a job easily out of undergrad. She was the kind of bitch who made it known to the whole student body that she rented out an entire club for the night, yet handed out the wrong address when “undesirables” wanted an invite. When asked why she thought it was okay to skip every single Torts class when it was costing her hundreds of dollars a session, she responded, “It’s not costing me anything. Thanks, Mom!”

You really wanna hang out with these jerks?

6. Career services: In addition to getting perfect grades, you’re solely responsible for finding two summers’ worth of employment before you leave the comforts of law school and enter the real world. Career Services broadcasted that 96% of last year’s class all got jobs. The other 4%? “They were out having babies, fighting for our country!” Sure they were. Basically, unless you want to perform free slave labor for a non-profit who will pay you a pittance after you graduate, there are few “summer” positions to be had. 1Ls were warned that 95% of any legal intern positions offered in the United States would be unpaid.  Every law student I knew who was actually interested in helping people got scholarships and stipends like they were candy. Anyone who eventually wanted a firm job and had no experience or inclination to any public service work found it hard to score an interview. Nelly, who scored one of the highest GPA’s in our class in addition to a summa cum laude degree in Economics, still hasn’t found a position. It’s like The Hunger Games of legal employment- forced lottery, everyone plays, no one wins.

I’ll never forget my first mandatory meeting with career services. The counselor gave me the same prepared speech about the resources at my disposal (computer, job book, Symplicity). She grabbed my resume out of my hands and stared at it with a magnifying glass. It had already been dissected and revised by two other members of the career services staff, so I thought I wouldn’t have to make any more changes. From the explosion of red pen marks on the paper I was clearly wrong. The counselor informed me that half of my experience, what she dubbed “theatrical experience”, wasn’t resume worthy. I logged hundreds, if not thousands of hours managing massive pieces of technical equipment, bossing people around, and putting on fantastic (If I say so myself) stage productions. Essentially, because I didn’t sit in front of a computer and wear a fancy suit, it wasn’t resume worthy. I grinned and took it, thinking that I didn’t give a crap what this lady said and I’d put whatever I damn well wanted on my resume. After dumping all over my life experience, the counselor asked me two generic questions: where I wanted to live, and if I wanted to work in the public or private sectors. She didn’t care about the area of the law I was interested in, what my eventual career goals were, or even if I knew what the hell I was doing. I was a number, a statistic. My blood, sweat, and tears made her look good. At the end of the meeting she gave me a list of websites I could use to search for jobs: Google, Simply Hired, Career Builder. I thanked her profusely, because I had never heard of any of these sites before on the interwebs.

Funny enough, Career Services informed us that if we couldn’t find suitable legal employment for the summer they’d be happy to offer us a position as a research assistant. Non-paying, of course, and by offer a position they meant force a position. If you didn’t take it and remained unemployed, you’d be negatively affecting their stats, and they can’t have that. US News & World Report won’t let them.

5. Student Government and Junk:  Almost everyone at law school is a self-important tool with an agenda. Student government kids at law school are the lowest of the low.

The section popularity scheme is perpetuated by electing representatives for student groups. Some students go to group meetings with a legitimate interest in that area of law and a desire to become involved. Most go for the free pizza, and even more come when they have a real gourmet spread like Chipotle. Every organization elects general 1L representatives, saying they want involvement but mostly just wanting a mouthpiece to clog up everyone’s inboxes. It’s always the same ten people that run and win for everything.These kids probably don’t even know or care what they’re running for, much less have the desire to be a model spokesperson for the organization. After sometimes passionate and often too lengthy and unnecessary speeches, we vote. The complex voting system involved us putting our heads down, hands up, seven up style. At least this way we know there’s no chads. If you can get ten friends to stay after the free food is gone, you can win yourself a nice little resume booster. Someone who openly admitted to not being able to balance her checkbook was elected Treasurer of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society. I’m sure it was because of her interest and experience, and not her low cut top.

4. The curve: We’ve all been blessed or screwed by a curve at some point in our academic careers, but the law school curve is the most twisted of them all. Curves are assigned to schools mostly by rank, meaning the better school you go to, the higher your curve will be set. Harvard Law? Their funky pass, high pass, whatever system avoids the pitfalls of  a nasty curve and makes their graduates even more desirable, unfortunately for the rest of us. If you manage to get into a third-tier law school, you’ll have to make it to the top 10% of your class to even be sniffed at by Biglaw firms. I was told by many, many students that yes- you will get B’s. You will get B’s because no matter how brilliant your answer was, only 20 kids out of 90 can get an A or an A-, so it’s more likely than not that you’ll eventually fall short. You will get B’s like everyone else, and you’ll be relegated to the middle of the pack unless you can squeak out an A somewhere along the line. Admitted, I’m one of those jerks who never got anything lower than an A- in undergrad (the one time I got a B is story-worthy, and it’s coming). Still, someone please tell me in what psycho-parallel universe a B+ is a bad grade?! Anyone?? According to the law school gods, it’s only halfway decent. To get interviewed by Biglaw, you have to be on some sort of review. In order to make any type of review, you need to have a stellar GPA. In order to have a stellar GPA, you have to do outstandingly better than everyone in your section, in each class. Half of them are from ivy league undergrads, and the other half of them are willing to study longer and harder than you do. Good luck!

Not every law student is interested in Biglaw. But thanks to the wonderfully pleasant economy, all the public interest do-gooders are also burdened with having to excel or die. As much as it hurts to admit this, even public interest employers are turned on by pedigree.  Kids from highly ranked law schools who somehow couldn’t score a Biglaw job often snatch public interest jobs out from under people who are truly interested in making a difference instead of making a paycheck. Them’s the brakes, kid.

3. The Stuffed Bear: Right before I left for law school my friend Patches gave me an article from the New York Times. It was about the epic scam of law school: how schools were fudging employment information to make themselves more attractive during desperate economic times. The article compared attending law school to attending a carnival- everyone wants to play the game to win the stuffed bear, but not everyone gets it. In fact, significantly more people fail at getting the bear than ever capturing the prize. Maybe getting a cushy job after law school used to be a sure thing decades ago, but no more.

2. Money, stupid!: The average legal student graduates with about $75,000 in debt, according to some site on Google. Add that to any outstanding debt from undergrad, measure that against a modest public interest salary ($35-47,000, because Biglaw salaries are few and far in between), and you’ll have a blast paying those loans off for the next few years, especially if you live in a market like New York City. Forget about throwing a huge wedding or buying a home, unless you want to completely bury yourself in debt. One BC Law student famously wrote the interim dean, asking to forgive his loans in exchange for his JD. Someone hated the prospect of being an attorney so much that he was willing to forego his tedious labors of the past three years just to avoid getting a job in a saturated profession.

1. Your life: This is my least snarky and most sincere reason. If you don’t believe that law school will truly change your life, then you’re in for a world of hurt.

Draining as it is, the great part about having a nine to five is that you don’t have to bring your work home with you. Law school is you, home, and work combined in a devilish three-way. If you’re not doing work, you’re thinking about it, and if you’re not thinking about it, you’re doing something wrong. My daily schedule went a little something like this: Wake, eat (Maybe. no time for cereal, only granola bars. No granola bars? No eat.), try to look somewhat decent, ride bus to school, study, class, class, lunch, study, class, study, study, dinner, study, walk home, study, fall asleep to the TV. Repeat. Weekends? Same, starting an hour later, but walk to school instead of taking the bus, because there is no bus.

I hated how I’d fall asleep when talking to relatives on the phone, or act like I didn’t have to help out around the house during break because “I’d worked so hard.” Yeah, I worked hard. So what? Who was I to walk around acting like I was better than the general population? I worked at a law office for seven years, and I interacted with a lot of lawyers. Nine out of ten are stone cold idiots. Why did I think I was so special? The excuse, “You don’t understand, I’m in law school,” gets really old. Use it enough and your friends and family will start to think you’re a giant douchebag.

What eventually brought it home for me was when my LRRW professor snapped at us the first day of class, second semester: “Come on, people, wake up! You’ll be writing legal memos for the first five years of your career, so you’d better get used to it..” I woke up. Two and a half more years of school, and at least seven more years of writing uncreative, monotonous, and all-around horrible memos. This is what I had to look forward to? My writing was already suffering because I was forcing myself to type out bland and tedious sentences. I went to law school because I wanted to change the legal world, and  I found out, almost too late, that law school was changing me.

My advice? Think, really think about what you’re doing. If you think law school is the only path to your destination, you’re probably wrong. Wanna be a politician? Go work in politics! Wanna be a financial wizard? Get an MBA and go work in finance! Because unemployment is rampant in our country it’s no longer a possibility to get a law degree and see what happens. You need a job, and believe me- career services will force you to get one.

If I haven’t convinced you otherwise, and you sincerely want to be an attorney, then I truly and honestly wish you the best in your legal education.  People like you make the best lawyers and people like me are better off doing something else. Anything else.

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Discussion

16 thoughts on “Nine Reasons Not to Go to Law School

  1. No. You couldn’t tough it out, you quit after four months, you have no idea what you’re talking about, you are a quitter. Think I hit all the major points.

    Posted by Your Dumb | 03.27.12, 7 pm, 7:34 PM
  2. 9. Thank you, Ms. Imakebaddecisions, for your observation that law school mirrors real life in some ways. Hate to break it to you, no matter where you work, there will be groups of people who associate better with some people over others, and who will naturally express their common identity. I commend you for recognizing that the legal education starts by grounding you in the historical and social development of the legal system. Unless you become a professor, this is probably the last time you will get to think deeply about why the law system and society in general is structured the way it is. Instead of honoring how our country (and others) have developed our social, political, and legal framework through the eras, you rant about your inability to handle the readings. Think: big picture. Finally: I would like you to point out the exact day that a professor actually had you on call for an hour and a half? Pretty sure class lasts around an hour. I also bet that you were on call for altogether 10 minutes. Are you upset over being in the spotlight for a few minutes? what’s the real problem here?
    8. Where is it mandated in the handbook that we all eat lunch together in the cafeteria at the same time? I am pretty sure that’s where it is most convenient, because hey, there’s food and drinks to buy but I definitely eat off campus too and I’m pretty sure I don’t get detention for it. I highly doubt that when you go to your next job that someone will make sure you have a lunch buddy each day. You call the school out for being high school, but it seems you’re the only one asking for hand-holding. Two last comments here: 1) I show up pretty much every day in yoga pants, or sweatpants and no one has ever said anything to me about it or treated me less like a human for it. 2) Yes, section fun does let people know what social events are going on, but anyone can join just like any other school activity group on campus. You want in, just ask and you’ll be happily welcomed. Also, people went to the “libs” at lunch because that’s when they did they’re reading for their next class.I actually think its a cute nickname 🙂
    7 Yes, life isn’t fair. According to UNICEF, “in some developing countries, the toll is so harsh that more than one in five children die before they reach their fifth birthday.” I am sorry you think its “unfair” that you didn’t get straight A’s but the guy next to you did (almost) although you actually have no idea how much time he did spend studying. A lot of what happens in life is a mix of luck and hard-work. Fortunately, we can attribute progress in science, medicine, literature etc. to people who don’t give up easily.
    6. Did your acceptance packet promise you that career services would get you good grades and a job too? I don’t recall mine saying that. I knew I was going to have to work hard, develop a good network, use that network and Career Services. I found a job no problem for the summer it’s paid, and I am most importantly happy. Career Services advised me with my options and I know I made the right choice. I believe many of my peers could say the same thing. Sure, they could use improvement, and trust me, its happening.. don’t you worry! I am sincerely sorry that they tore your resume apart; I know that must have been difficult to sit through (it’s definitely not a comfortable feeling). But, could be yet another lesson about the real world.
    5. One question: Why are you so angry? Why do you like to trash talk everyone? I pretty much had no idea who you were before this blog got posted, and that I can attribute to the fact that no one ran around talking about a law student who comes to school to play the part and goes home to write the real burn book. People do things to boost their resumes, they also do them to build their network, they also do them because they want to feel part of a community. Who cares!? More importantly, why do you care?
    4/3. Most schools use the curve. We use the curve, and most people won’t get straight A’s and they’ll still get jobs. Why do you try to make it seem as if the ethos of law school is different from that of the rest of our American culture? It’s not. As an immigrant, I can tell you the streets are not paved with gold… people usually have to build from the ground up only hoping that their children reap the benefits of their hardwork. People who went to great schools years ago and did well are losing their jobs. The current unemployment rate is hovering around 8.3 % (I think-could be wrong). Life’s tough. Law school is no different. Btw: neither is medical school, or business school, or graduate school of any kind. Arguably, it’s even tough getting a job with just a bachelor’s degree.
    2. I agree with you wholeheartedly here. Students, before you decide to go to law school, do a hefty cost benefit analysis. Do I have what it takes to get good grades, network, get a good job and pay back my loans. How does that fit in my life plan? Note: for this analysis, maturity is a pre-requisite.
    1. One last idiom: when the going gets tough, the tough get going! You actually left. Thank you for that. At BC, we like to leave negativity at the door.
    0. Enjoy your life; I sincerely wish you the best of luck.
    p.s. I apologize to readers in advance. I admit that this comment is neither eloquent nor well-written, but frankly I have some reading to finish. I wrote because I felt moved to stop this negativity from spreading.

    Posted by annonymous | 03.27.12, 9 pm, 9:17 PM
  3. Law school not working out for you doesn’t mean that law school sucks. It means that it just wasn’t for you. I can sum up your blog post with 3 faulty premises you made before Day 1 of BC Law School.

    (1) You thought that you could “change the legal world.”

    Posted by Ben Lunsford | 03.28.12, 1 pm, 1:23 PM
  4. Law school not working out for you doesn’t mean that law school sucks. It just means that it wasn’t for you. I can sum up your blog post with 3 faulty premises you made before Day 1 of BC Law School even started.

    (1) You thought that you could “change the legal world.”

    The law is a lot bigger than any one person. You aren’t going to change it, not much anyway, and neither is anyone else who isn’t Richard Posner or a Supreme Court Justice. The first step to achieving your goals is to set achievable goals, and this goal was just not realistic.

    (2) You thought people at law school were going to be more enlightened than the people you used to know.

    There are cliques in any program at any level, and there’s nothing inherent to their interest in the law that was going to make law students Buddha-esque compared to where you’ve been. Being a fellow ’14 at BCLS I feel like a lot of your stories were exaggerated as this was not my experience… but even if they are all true and presented here in good faith, at some point you just have to get over it and be comfortable in your own shoes. Did you really feel judged for eating alone in the cafeteria? Why not pull out a book and study over a meal in the yellow room? No one notices or cares where or how you eat.

    (3) You thought a law degree was a multi-purpose degree.

    The J.D. has nothing to do with “financial wizardry” or “politics”. Okay, a little to do with politics as something like 99 out of 100 U.S. Senators have a J.D. But financial wizardry? Really? If you didn’t know the difference between a J.D. and an MBA going in, then you just didn’t do your due diligence. But a word to the wise: the unemployment rate for MBAs is much higher than for JDs. Particularly at schools in the #20 to #35 range where BC often finds itself in most of the rankings.

    Other things you wrote here are a bit inaccurate… for instance, research assistantships are predominantly paid positions through the work-study program. You seem to think they’re strictly volunteer work. You also claim to have grades that put you in the top 10% or so of your class, yet you complain to no end about the curve and how “only 96%” of BC Law grads are employed. Do you know of any sector or degree program where even the bottom 4% of the class is fully employed in the first year? I can only think of medical school, and even then that’s only if you specify the American Medical Association backed U.S. M.D. residents and don’t consider the hordes of D.O., N.D., D.C., foreign M.D., etc. medical doctors who want jobs too.

    Oh, and law school never was a guarantee of financial success, even pre-2008. In any professional industry, you will always have to market yourself to get ahead. No one else is going to do it for you and there are rarely any guarantees of success. What are you doing now that is so much easier to get ahead in than the law?

    Posted by Ben Lunsford | 03.28.12, 1 pm, 1:52 PM
  5. Sweetheart, you gotta grow up! Who cares if a group of girls sit together at lunch or someone had a party and didn’t invite you! Throw your own party, sit at your own table at lunch. It’s about quality not quantity.

    I highly doubt anyone with your grades would drop out because most people would probably sell their grandmother for those grades. Just admit to yourself that you came to law school for the wrong reasons, don’t blame the people around you.

    And about the Harvard girl, so what if she’s a bitch! No one was forcing you to be around those people. The problem is, YOU wanted to be around those people, YOU wanted to be accepted, YOU wanted to be part of the clique you so abohrrently despised. Just be honest with yourself! Did you not realize that you attended school in one of the most competitive and wealthiest cities in the U.S.? Did you really think there weren’t going to be snobs here? Wake up! You could have avoided those people, you didn’t have to associate with anyone YOU didn’t want to.

    This is a professional school, you shouldn’t be wearing PJ’s to class. This isn’t undergrad, those days are dead and gone. We are training to be Lawyers, we dress for success and we dress with class because this is a dignified profession. Why would we wear PJ’s to law school classes, it boggles my mind that this is one of your qualms. I can’t even imagine approaching one of my professors wearing PJ’s, just typing it makes me uneasy. Would a hooker wear a three piece pant suit to her job? I doubt it…

    It’s a shame you dropped out because if I’m remembering correctly you won the negotiation competition. I’m sure you had a bright future ahead of you.

    Gunners will be gunners, bitches will be bitches, and law students will be law students…This is life my dear.

    Posted by Unproductive law student | 03.29.12, 5 pm, 5:53 PM
  6. I’m sorry to hear that law school left such a bad taste in your mouth. It’s good that you recognized it wasn’t for you and that you had the courage to walk away.

    Sometimes I eat lunch by myself, that’s okay because I am a grown up, and I am comfortable in my own skin. Also, I have friends, who also sometimes like to sit by themselves. In law school, we spend all day talking, reading, listening, and thinking: sometimes I just need a moment to myself, and lunch is a good time to take this moment. A lot of people eat lunch alone- by choice. Again, I emphasize that we are grown ups.

    This makes for a nice segue into the wardrobe issue. I personally have never worn pajamas outside of my home, I typically wear pajamas for sleeping, but there are some very nice people in my section who do wear lounge type clothing to class. I like them. I also like the people who wear jcrew. Oh shoot, I like them all.

    No school is perfect. That being said, I’m actually very impressed with BC, and what impresses me most is the student body.

    I wasn’t aware that we had popular students, jocks, nerds or extra skinny girls, though I am pretty sure that we have people attending our school. Did you notice pretty much everyone ran uncontested for student government positions? I am very happy with my section reps, they are perfect for the job and represent us well. However, they didn’t get their positions because they were popular, they got those positions because they were the only people who wanted them.

    Posted by Artie | 03.29.12, 8 pm, 8:19 PM
  7. Obviously law school wasn’t the right fit for you. However, you seem to blame your negative experience on your (former) school and classmates instead of just attributing it to incompatibility. That’s both unfair and immature.

    So you went to law school for the wrong reasons. Or you weren’t ready for it. Or it wasn’t what you had hoped it would be. Either way, your self-righteous tone is unwarranted.

    I’m in graduate school, too. I’m not in law school, nor do I go to BC, but guess what? The experiences you attribute to law school exist everywhere – school, work, or even life in general. What you describe is just the world we live in.

    Posted by MY TWO CENTS | 03.29.12, 11 pm, 11:53 PM
    • I feel relatively the same way. These are in fact experiences that carry throughout most of an adult’s life. Also, the fact that the title of the blog is “I make bad decisions” really says a lot.

      Posted by mrjmflynn | 04.04.12, 9 am, 9:16 AM
  8. I’m curious as to what you do 7 years out and have you made good $$$. People always say ooo, don’t worry, 7 years out you’ll be making 120k even if you start at 40-50k, is it true?

    Posted by macf | 04.28.12, 11 am, 11:55 AM
  9. Backpacks, lockers, cliques, what types of clothes people are wearing….sounds more like junior high school to me. I would have dropped out as well.

    Posted by Lupe G. | 06.27.12, 11 pm, 11:52 PM
  10. God bless you author. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for writing this.

    Posted by Allie | 01.10.14, 9 pm, 9:52 PM
  11. Dude. I am your class mate (BC Law Class of 2014 here). I feel this post so much. So much. I didn’t know anyone else in my class felt the way I did!!

    Posted by BC Law student | 04.23.14, 12 pm, 12:12 PM

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Circa very late 2014/very early 2015.

Law school dropout. Lover of all things Disney. Exploring the vast wildlands of New Jersey and recording every second.

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