Should I go to law school?
May 8, 2012 9:39 AM Subscribe
Should I go to law school? I'm leaning towards no, but maybe you all can see something I can't.
posted by Rock 'em Sock 'em to Work & Money (36 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I have a full ride plus a small stipend to Brooklyn Law School that I will keep if I'm in the top 80% of my class. We'd be able to get housing on campus which would be nicer than we could otherwise afford, but not that much nicer.
I have a 7-month-old, which is my job right now, and so even without a full ride I'm looking at $1500 a month in daycare costs, at the low end. More than 2k for a full-time nanny. Right now we're treading water. Not going (further) into debt, not saving anything. This means that to pay for daycare, books, etc. I'd have to take out a significant amount of loans, despite my full ride, but I would be able to stick to just the loans with income-based repayment. Of course, they'd count my partner's income too, so even if I get a low-paying job I might end up paying a lot on my loans on a monthly basis.
My employment history is spotty enough to make getting a job right now an iffy, but doable prospect. It would probably be something temporary, and would cost me money due to childcare.
However, the multiple-year-gap I'd be looking at if I continued to stay at home with my son is daunting. I also don't like the financial insecurity of only having one wage-earner.
I have some contacts in the public interest legal world and am working on setting up both a summer internship at a highly-regarded non-profit and a fall internship at another, related non-profit. I am passionate about the specific kind of law that they practice, as well as the lobbying/legislation that they do.
However, I have the impression that the non-profit/public interest world in NYC is very name- and status-oriented. Columbia, NYU, the Ivies--I'd be competing with all of them.
This makes me think that I might do better WITHOUT the law degree, and that it would actually keep me from doing what I'm interested in and stick me in, say, personal injury. Nothing against that, it's how my parents made their living, but it's not what I want to do. I definitely don't want to be stuck in NYC doing a job I don't like for not much money.