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Pondering a career as a lawyer?

I'm a junior in high school and I'd like to become a lawyer. My guidance department at school is 100% unhelpful, and I really don't know too many lawyers (my parents and practically my whole family are doctors). I have some questions regarding a career. I know that pre-law is a major at some colleges, but do I really need to major in it? Wouldn't it be more prudent to major in business or economics, since I'm interested in corporate or maybe even real estate law? What is the job market like for lawyers, are there a lot of unemployed people? Is it relatively easy to get a job if you work hard and pursue it, or is it really really competitive? Is it important to get into one of the top schools in the country? Will attending, let's say Yale law school, give you a better boost in the job market than a school that's maybe number 20 or 30 on the list of highest-ranking law schools? The LSATs are supposed to be very hard and if you don't pass it's a few months before you can take them again. Should you get out of college and get a job first before taking them? I know that I won't be able to afford sitting at my parent's house and simply waiting to get into law school. Should I get a job in the field that I'm hoping to pursue a law career in? Are there other recommended jobs that you can get with a bachelor's degree, perhaps a paralegal? Please answer to the best of your knowledge, and put down as much as you think is needed. I really want to do my research right. I'm a good student at my school, with a 4.6 GPA and I'm confident I can get into a good undergrad school. I just would like to know more about if I want to do this in my life as a career.

Asked By: Natalee - 8/16/2011
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Listen to poster "stephen t" - he knows what he is talking about... More
Answered By: mailaccount63 - 8/18/2011
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I would not recommend becoming a lawyer, for many, many reasons. The US does not need any more lawyers. Currently, only half of the people that graduate law school can find legal jobs. Law school is a terrible idea for the vast majority of people. Think lawyers make a lot of money? Look on Craigslist, there are... More
Answered By: stephen t - 8/16/2011
 
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