Entering senior year of college, I was sure that I wanted to go to law school, and eventually become a lawyer. I landed a summer internship at the NYC Bar Association working under an attorney, which I was really excited about.
After six weeks of the internship, I couldn’t bear to read any more legal documents or other bullshit they have interns do. I then decided I would NEVER go to law school, simply because it’s painfully boring and exorbitantly expensive.
Going to law school doesn’t guarantee you a spot at a law firm anymore, and lawyer salaries are down.
Chris Fletcher, a 2011 law school grad explains how tough the job market is for lawyers:
“Nationally there are twice as many graduates as there are jobs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the economy will provide 21,880 new jobs for lawyers annually between 2010 and 2020; law schools since 2010, however, have produced more than 44,000 graduates each year.
Yet schools continue to enroll more students than the market demands and to raise tuition faster than inflation. The result is exploding debt loads for current students and graduates whose employment prospects are appalling.”
Being a lawyer seems really cool until you realize the path just isn’t worth it.
Wentworth Jones | Elite.