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This post is meant for the
graduating class of 2016. In a few months, law school classes will begin. Some
of you are pondering whether law school will be the right choice for your
personal future. Others plan to matriculate and have already paid their seat
deposit and the security deposit for housing. But before you pay the tuition
bill and commit yourself to three years of law school, there is something you
I started blogging for two
reasons. First, it was to lend another voice to many forgotten attorneys and
others trying to spread a message: Going
to law school and
becoming a lawyer does not guarantee a financially comfortable life nor an
In fact, chances are good
that you are going to be financially screwed for a very long time if you have
taken out large student loans. Many law school graduates will have a difficult
time finding an entry level position and even if they find one, the job might
not be secure. It is now common knowledge that most average and even some top law
schools have been lying about their post-graduate employment statistics.
Schools known to be regional powerhouses are now being exposed as trap schools
as their reputations relied heavily on unemployed graduates keeping their mouth
shut due to social pressure. Finally, low-ranked schools have become the new
“lawyer jokes” among practitioners, law students and even some law school
professors and administrators.
This message has received
mainstream media attention since 2007. There are many articles, blogs and
websites that tell you not to go to law school unless you meet a very narrow
criteria. And even if you do go, you should drop out after one semester or one
year if you do not achieve a certain class rank or if you receive no job offers
after participating in the school’s OCI.
This message is no longer
being dismissed as the bitter ramblings of the stupid and lazy. It has been
shared and confirmed by many who have lived it and suffered for many years but
kept it a secret among their family and friends. It has been analyzed and
confirmed by disinterested third-parties. It has even been acknowledged by a
growing number of academics whose salary depends on discrediting the message
and shaming those who spread it.
And now I will explain the
second reason why I started blogging. While I am sympathetic to many recent
unemployed and disillusioned law school graduates and practicing lawyers, I
believe there comes a point in time where those who choose to ignore the above
message and fail deserve
no sympathy and should suffer the consequences of their actions.
It is now time that we put the fear of God into the minds of idealistic lawyer
Presently, I have to believe
that everyone planning to go to law school this fall know the risks involved.
You are knowingly
putting your financial future at risk if you borrow anywhere between $100,000
to over $200,000 on top of your undergrad debt to go to law school. I have to
believe that you are knowingly
making a decision to enter a profession where there is a small chance of making
the coveted $160,000 per year salary and a large chance of working at a small
law firm at $30K-$70K per year or just being unemployed. I have to believe that
you know that student loan debt will be almost impossible to discharge in bankruptcy
during your young, productive and fun-filled years. I also have to believe that
you are knowingly putting
yourself in a position where you will pay at least $1,000 per month in student
loan payments for a minimum of 10 years.
But some of you are not going
to listen. You still think people like us are bitter losers. You think we’re
trying to limit competition and entry into the profession. You’re probably
thinking that now is the best time to go because there are fewer applicants,
better chances of admission and larger tuition discount offers. You’re betting
that the economy will improve in 2016 when Barack Obama is elected to his third
term in office. You think you will be ok because you study harder, pray longer
and you went through a lot of shit in your life and survived. And the WORST
excuse is, “What else am I going to do?”
So if you really want to go
despite the many warnings out there, then go. But know this: IF YOU FAIL THE LAW SCHOOL GAME, YOU
DESERVE YOUR SHITTY FATE AND I WILL DO NOTHING TO HELP YOU.
If you graduate law
school and find yourself in unmanageable debt for possibly the rest of your
life, I have no sympathy for you. You deserve to live like an indentured servant for the
rest of your life. Go cry to mommy who probably co-signed your student loans
and will have to cash out her retirement to pay it.
If you don’t get a
job after graduation, I don’t give a shit. Don’t come to me for a job because
I’m not hiring you. If I need help, I’ll look for a college graduate or a
If you decide to
start your own law firm, don’t come to me for help. I will not mentor anyone from the
Class of 2016 nor refer you clients unless there is something in it for me.
If a client tells
me that you fucked up his case, no matter how small, I will not hesitate to
tell the client to go after you. I will tell the client to file a complaint with
the State Bar, file a malpractice claim against you in small claims court or
consult with a malpractice attorney. Especially if I see you driving a luxury
car or living the “lawyer lifestyle” because you can surely afford to defend a