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Is Going to a New Law School Worth It?

New Law SchoolsFalling employment rates for graduates. Soaring tuition costs. Impractical curricula that leave students ill-prepared to succeed in the real world.

These are just a few of the recent criticisms of law schools.

Across the country, a relative handful of disgruntled former law school students are screaming, “Don’t do it! Don’t go to law school. It’s not worth it.”

Meanwhile, thousands of other recent graduates are busy working, putting the skills and knowledge they gained in law school to work in good jobs for good pay while making a positive difference in their communities.

So where will you wind up–aligned with the small number of disgruntled law school graduates who think they made a mistake or sitting behind a desk doing the work of the lawyer?

The answer may well depend on how you view your investment in law school.

That’s right: investment.

The people who say law school isn’t worth it are not entirely wrong about the facts: Law school is expensive, the job market has tightened in recent years and law school curriculum has been slow to change.

On the surface, these facts alone could make law school not worth it. But things are different now.

Right now, law schools are competing more aggressively than ever for students. This means scholarships have never been more plentiful. Play your cards right and you could easily get a scholarship that cuts your net cost in half–or more.

And what about that job market? Believe it or not, that’s getting better, too. Big law firms are starting to hire. So are smaller law firms. And the government? Well if ever there was a good time to find a lawyering job with the government, this is it.

The point is this: There are jobs out there. It may take you a little longer to find one, and the one you find might not start at $160,000, but they are good jobs that will allow you to start paying off your student loans and working toward your second, third and fourth higher paying gigs.

And you will, because you’ll be better prepared to do the real work of the lawyer in the real world. That’s because law schools are finally getting around to teaching skills as well as theory. This means you’ll not only understand Contracts, but you’ll actually be able to write a contract.

So yeah, law school’s worth it.

 

About the Author

Sumita Dalal is the Founder and CEO of FindMyLawTutor, the largest and most trusted website and online portal that connects law students with law tutors for success in law school. Whether preparing for the LSAT, are currently a law student or are studying for the bar exam, FindMyLawTutor makes finding a law tutor fast and easy.

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