Don’t go to law school. Become an artist instead.
When I was studying at Northwestern, I wanted to major in fine arts. My parents talked me out of it.
As you probably know there is a whole genre of blogs that declare Law School is a Scam. My opinion, law school isn’t a scam. It is a very risky investment.
If you want to be a lawyer you need to decide this is what you want in undergrad. And then knock yourself out getting good grades and a high LSAT score. Why? Because law school is going to cost you upwards of $150,000 and it is nearly impossible to pay that back unless you work for a big firm. If you want to work for a big firm, you need to graduate from one of the top fourteen law schools. If you get into a school that is ranked from 15 to 50, you are going to need to rank at the very top of your class to get a job.
Law is a very hierarchal profession. It is very hard to get around it.
If you want to go into a public interest job like Criminal Defense, you are going to need to know a second language like Spanish or Portuguese depending on your geographical area.
If you want to work for the government, you need to have a connection. I mean a solid connection like a family member who is an elected official.
Also, if you are over 30, don’t do it. A law firm isn’t going to hire you. Why? Because the more an associate works, the more money the partners make. You don’t have as much energy as someone in your twenties. Furthermore, the older you are the less tolerance you have for this shit. The hiring partner knows it and so do you.
Study art in college. Creativity is devalued in our society so the skills are rare. But we live in a visual world. Between mass marketing, the internet, video games and t.v., visual artists are in demand.
My brother went to art school, and I went to law school. Guess who has a job with a Fortune 500 company…
Plus, it’s way more fun than being a lawyer.