Is being a lawyer worth it?

Allow me to give you the advice I wish someone would have given my former self- Law school and Graduate School should only be pursued if it will directly and immediately advance your career and preferably if someone or something else is footing the bill. The long term effect of taking on this amount of debt and interest for a hypothetical job in the future that does not even exist will haunt you for the rest of your life. Want to buy a house, car, kids, or wedding- forget about it. All that money is getting kicked up to the man. Moreover, both Law and Grad School are flush with smart people who are not sure what they want to do with their lives but heard from friends, family, and tv that the furthering of their education will guarantee them a high paying job and societal respect- this is simply not true and yet has remained a successful business model for the universities. My advice is to gain real world resume usable experience in your chosen field and then advance your education to climb up in that field.

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