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I am an executive at a Fortune 60 auto parts company in Michigan. At 37, I have 16 years experience + a Bachelor's in Industrial Engineering, MBA from Univ of Michigan - Flint -- good grades and work performance. My main experience is in Manufacturing (Lean) and Sales and Marketing. What problem am I trying to fix? 1.) I am tired of moving every 3 years. 2.) The automotive industry worries me (my corp is in Ch 11). 3.) My skill set depends on this company / this industry. 4.) No raises in over 2 yrs ('06 total comp was just under 200k though) Why a Law Degree? 1.) I like the subject matter. 2.) I would like to transition my experience to corporate law. 3.) Law is applicable to every aspect of society and I think it will help me better contribute to society. MY QUESTION: will I get out of law school and find that I can't get a law position (having no legal experience) for at least the same $ as I make now?

Asked By: Doo.ri - 7/30/2007
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Unless you go to a top tier school, you will find getting jobs in your position *EXTREMELY* difficult. If you go to Harvard, Yale, etc. the prestige factor may help you get a high paying job but you would probably have to expect some kind of pay cut... More
Answered By: Bill G - 7/30/2007
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You would for sure be able to find a legal job. You will be mostly competing with 25-year-old law grads who have no experience in anything, so the industry experience would be a huge plus. Now, whether it's worth taking a loss for three years of tuition and lost income, I don't know, but you would for sure be able to... More
Answered By: andrewdoane - 7/30/2007
 
combine your experience with your law degree, concentrate on civil law, concentrate on defective auto parts, and see what happens.....
Answered By: curious115 - 7/30/2007
 
You will have a bunch of business experience backed up by a law degree. You will be even more desirable to companies. Companies will not have to train you on simple business logic and behavior. You will also be more valuable and transferable skill-sets to many other industries.
Answered By: Sweetpea - 7/30/2007
 
It might not be a bad idea ... but another good idea is to get something that isn't quite as time-consuming and expensive as law school, like a paralegal certificate or something similar. You can earn most paralegal certificates in 6 or even 3 months... More
Answered By: Hillary - 7/30/2007
 
my husband is an attorney, and law school is nothing but three years of dog studying, unless you get into on of the top 5 law schools, 1. Yale 2. Harvard 3. Stanford 4/5 Columbia, NYU... More
Answered By: TXcuttie - 7/30/2007
 
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