Law: The Faith-Based Career Choice

Hope drives rise in law school applications Despite grim job statistics in nearly every corner of the legal world, law school applications increased by 7% over last year. National Law Journal, 12 July 2010

Why?

“I’m obviously about to take on a lot of debt. I’m hoping by the time I get out of law school the job climate will be better.” Incoming University of Toledo College of Law One L quoted in the linked article.  From the same article, a fact I cited before in Law:  The Cuddly Profession:  “In a recent survey of 330 prelaw student by Kaplan Test Prep, 52% felt “very confident” that they would land a legal job after graduation, although only 16% felt confident that most of their fellow graduates would be as successful.”

Quoth Washington University law professor Brian Tamanaha “In 15 years of teaching, I’ve known a lot of students who came here because they didn’t know what they wanted to do.  A lot of this is about cyclical irrational decision-making. It’s based on a very human trait, which is overoptimism. For the people who have always wanted to be a lawyer, they should go to law school. For anyone else, it’s not a good decision.”

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