Thought you guys would appreciate this excellent article by the President of the California Bar.
A few highlights of his advice to law school applicants -- things to think about before enrolling (quoted from California Bar Journal article):
1. If you have any doubts about whether you want to be a lawyer, don’t go to law school before you find out for yourself what lawyers do every day.
2. Keep your professional expectations in line with what you will actually do when you get out of school. . . . The mediators most in demand are usually former judges. Going to law school isn’t necessarily going to get you a job as a mediator — or as a judge. Likewise appellate lawyers are specialists who must prove their skills in writing and oral argument before they can practice appellate law full time. And if you are now in law school, you won’t be arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court anytime soon.
3. When you are applying to law school, and you don’t get into one of the Top 50, don’t count on landing a six-figure job when you graduate. . . . Before you go to law school, ask yourself whether you want to graduate and earn a five-figure salary that you could be making in business, teaching or some other vocation.
4. Before you go to law school, look at your future like a banker: what is the likely return on the tens of thousands of dollars of debt you are about to accrue and when will the asset called you-as-a-law-school-graduate become profitable? . . . For the vast majority of law school applicants these days, it isn’t worth it.
Full Article here: http://www.calbarjournal.com/February2011/Opinion/FromthePresident.aspx