Law School Grads - would you do it again?
I ask for COTH wisdom and experience...
I'm at a point where I am unhappy with my current career field - though I like the work - I'm financially not on a path that I see taking me where I want. I think my field is on a dying path, and I've learned that I'm just not comfortable always wondering if I'll be able to get enough work to pay the bills each month.
Law is something that I have always been interested in. I'd like the kind of career that will give me financial opportunity to own horses, and I don't feel like the art world is gonna do it.
If you could do it over again, would you choose Law School? What is the job market like (and yes, I've done some research, but I think the numbers don't always portray an accurate picture)? Do you think it was a good investment? What kind of law do you practice and do you enjoy it? Are you able to afford a horse(s)? Do you have time to enjoy them?
My biggest concerns are 1. I feel like I made a huge mistake with my previous college decision - private art school - and have the debt that goes with it. I don't want to spend 4 years and accumulate another 6 digits of debt to still be unemployed and looking at dismal job prospects. I wish that someone had sat me down and said "Art school... maybe not the most practical idea" 7 years and 40k ago :lol:. If Law School at 27 is not a practical idea or investment, please tell me now!
2. Am I too old? I'm 27, so I'd be 31 or 32 by the time I finished. Too old to enter the job market?
I have some LSAT prep materials and I'm planning to take it in October to get an idea of what I would be looking at for admission options, and applying for fall 2014.
Obviously, you can't tell me if I personally will or won't be successful, but I'd love some general thoughts and suggestions from those of you who have been there and done that.