On second thought, I realize I might have been a little harsh, given that you know nothing about me, and can be expected to make generalizations. However, it’s still pretty bogus that you would make such generalizations.
I am an econ major. I had an epiphany 2 years ago when I got knocked out in bjj practice. I had been reading a lot of philosophy for class at the time, and was strongly influenced by Rawls, Aristotle and Epicurus. Upon awakening I realized that I hadn’t done much with my life, I’d largely been coasting by on natural talent. Natural talent is like a lottery, how much you get is random, and it is justice to be judged on what we do with that talent (this is Rawls speaking). I overhauled my life at that point, and tried to make the most of my talents by changing my habits (Aristotle).
Anyway, I had a late start in my academic career, and although I am a gifted economist (for an undergrad) by dint of hard work and the aforementioned natural talent, my foundation is shaky. I looked into doing something with my econ degree, and I actually have several options, ranging from grad school (I’m a shoe-in at my current institution, don’t need to take any tests, they’ll just take me in) to jobs in the government, to the finance industry (although this option is not as viable anymore).
I decided to also explore the option of law school, influenced partly I’ll admit because I am an avid Boston Legal fan. After my initial exploration, I thought I would be a decent fit, as I have a knack for understanding the components/implications of an argument, am no stranger to reading large texts, and my econ background. I did a cost/benefit analysis and decided law school was my best bet. I quit my part time job as a waiter/bartender to study for the LSAT, and did phenomenally well, with a 174. I have a good chance at t14, and am positive I have at least t20. I am still in school btw, I graduate after this semester ends.
I have much less knowledge than I would like as to what I am getting into. However, I am pretty sure it is the best bet I have. I am not doing it to avoid work, or the real world as my other options are certainly viable, and attractive. I started this thread in an attempt to remedy the knowledge issue.
So, that is a condensed version of my story. If you still think I’m a complete moron for going and have reasons why, then I will gladly listen. I understand that a lot of people are drawn in by the prestige and glamor, when the reality is that there are very few people who get jobs involving that, and even less who are satisfied with it. Knowing that, I am still willing to bet on myself.[/quote]
He may be harsh, but he is also a lawyer.
I agree with him that you need to find out more about the profession you are going into as a general premise, but I disagree with Calilaw that not doing so will automatically result in failure. I didn’t even know any dentists personally before I went to school for it. I had no clue what to expect and yes, that made it more difficult than those who had family members who were doctors and basically grew up around it.
I know that law isn’t like medical professions. I only know it second hand because a girl I used to date was in law school while I was in dental school, so because of the stress of the job, knowing if it is for you in detail before you begin may be paramount to your success.