How useful would a law degree be in my case?
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
Best Answer - Chosen by Asker
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
Additional Answers (5)
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
$47/hour Part-Time Job Openings. Requirements: Must Have Computer.
Over 483 Local Jobs Now Hiring In Your Area. $18-$87/Hr - Apply Today!
New job opportunities added daily. Search Virginia jobs now!
Legitimate Survey for Cash.Extra Money for You,Join Here!
Other Career Questions
Do most mechanical engineering jobs offer job security?
What is your current job? Why did you choose this job? What do you enjoy about your job? What do you dislike about your job? What would be your perfect job? Would you rather have this j...
Where are the jobs? Is productivity and globalization creating a permanent “recession” of jobs? My main issue is I am doing a paper for school and have no idea where to begin. I was hoping suggestions...
Content is not owned or controlled by Monster. Any content concerns should be addressed with Yahoo!
Yahoo! Does not evaluate or guarantee the accuracy of any Yahoo! Answers content. Yahoo! Disclaimer.
Best-Paying Work-from-Home Jobs
It’s easier than ever to work from home. Of course, not every job is a mobile job, and some companies aren’t interested in having their employees work from home.
2013 Marketing Jobs Outlook
The US may be facing another year of anemic hiring overall, but that won't be the case in the high-orbit world of multichannel, digital media marketing.
2013 Engineering Jobs Outlook
Engineers will find job opportunities in select disciplines in 2013, with candidates who are all-around, client-oriented businesspeople in demand.
Best-Paying Jobs by Major
What could you earn with a particular four-year degree? Find out by checking out this list of the top-paying jobs for 20 of the most common majors.
Eight High-Paying, Secure Jobs
Want to earn a good salary and enjoy a measure of job security as well? Check out these well-paying jobs on tap for fast growth in the coming years.