February 21, 2011
Which Pre-Law Program Makes More $ense, Cornell's or Above the Law's?
ATL's Elie Mystal evaluates Cornell's “Pre-Law Summer” program. The program's main benefit is helping undergrads answer five key questions about being a lawyer.
- How do the careers of lawyers portrayed in Boston Legal and Law & Order compare to those of real-life lawyers?
- How much of my legal career will involve arguing over lofty Constitutional issues?
- Will my success as a lawyer hinge on being the smartest person in the room?
- Will I make a lot of money if I go to law school and become a lawyer?
- What’s so great about being a lawyer?
Cornell charges a whopping $4,970 for its “intensive, six-week program taught in New York City.” And that does not include food and lodging in NYC.
As an ATL public service Mystal provides both long and short answers for each of the above questions and suggests students save money by simply reading ATL for six weeks. He concludes his post with the following warning: "Cornell’s Pre-Law summers, you are now on notice. If you give these people $5,000, it’s your own damn fault." [JH]