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Monday, April 25, 2011

Things You Shouldn’t Say to a College Grad: 'Go to Law School'

5 Things You Shouldn’t Say to a Recent College Graduate:

To avoid a post-commencement faux pas, consider these expert-tested do’s and don’ts when speaking with a recent grad.

You Should Go to Law School,” by Larry Kramer (Dean, Stanford Law School):  "Many college graduates jump into law school because they don’t know what they actually want to do. Parents and friends suggest it because they think it’s a safe default. But a grad should choose his life’s path only once he knows himself well enough to be sure of what he wants. I think people should first spend a few years exploring to figure out what engages their passions. I ended up in law school because my mother pressured me to “do something already.” She wanted me to go to medical school but settled for law. I got lucky and stumbled into a field I love. Unfortunately, it doesn’t end up that way for everyone.
(Hat Tip: Jim Maule.)

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A close relative went to law school and decided to quit during his second year. He found that he didn't like law, and the family agreed that it was better to learn that and get out at the time rather than ten years later or for a lifetime. He went into a completely different field and became happy and successful. So, one thing that you might should say to a law student is to get out if you're unhappy and before it's too late.

Posted by: Woody | Apr 25, 2011 5:32:52 PM