Adjunct Law Prof Blog

Editor: Mitchell H. Rubinstein
New York Law School

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Is Law School Worth It??

Going To Law School Proceed With Caution is an interesting December 14, 2009 National Law Journal article. The article questions whether law school is worth it? Why? Because of the time commitment, the expense, the difficulty in finding a job, any job-not just a high paying job. The article also quotes a study involving law students where 21% of them regret going to law school.

I could not disagree more. Law is a wonderful profession. One does not only have to practice in a law firm to be a lawyer. A law degree can be very valuable in business, for example. Dare I say it is more valuable than an MBA-except perhaps if you are going to read balance sheets all day.

Yes, it will be difficult to find a job. But guess what, those $170,000 big firm Wall  Street firm jobs are nothing to write home about. Most attorneys (partners too) who work in those firms will tell you that they do not like it. The trick in law, like the trick in any profession, is doing something you enjoy.

If you are into unions and labor relations (like me), then strive for a job in labor relations. If your into business, then get a job in business. If you cannot get a job now, then start taking steps that will get you that job. Become active in a bar association, go to meetings, volunteer, write an article etc.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

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