Monday, December 16, 2013
Business Insider, ‘I Consider Law School a Waste of My Life and an Extraordinary Waste of Money':
Business Insider has been in touch with a 28-year-old lawyer who has deep regrets about his decision to go to law school. He agreed to answer questions about the burdens of law school debt, and about what he'd do differently if he could.
This law school graduate's answers are sobering. He attended a school that's one of the top 20 in the country, according to U.S. News and World Report, and yet he struggled to find decent work.
He believes his law school tricked him into thinking he'd easily find a prestigious job after graduation.
"I consider law school a waste of my life and an extraordinary waste of money. I feel like I was duped and tricked," he says. "At the end of the day, it's my own fault for being a sucker and I learned an extremely hard lesson."
These days, he makes $45,000 and has $200,000 in education debt. He lives with his parents in Virginia, doesn't have a car, and doesn't even date. In his free time, he does contract work to try to pay down his debt.
We've published all of his answers, which include insights into when law school might actually be a viable option. He asked that we not use his real name.
(Hat Tip: Glenn Reynolds.)
Update: Above the Law, The Lack of Law School Transparency Claims Another Victim