Copyright (c) 2001 Thomas J. White Center on Law & Government
Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy
STUDENT ARTICLE: DISTRESS AMONG THE LEGAL PROFESSION: WHAT LAW SCHOOLS CAN DO ABOUT IT
15 ND J. L. Ethics & Pub Pol'y 307
Bridget A. Maloney*
"The law can be a miserable profession, characterized by grueling hours, meaningless work, cutthroat colleagues - and golden handcuffs." 1 Assuming this to be true, why, then, do thousands of students each year decide to enter law schools across the country? 2 The one question law students hate the most is: "So, why did you go to law school?" The reason we hate it is because we often do not know the answer. And, if we ever did know, after spending any period of time actually in law school, we soon forget.
Like many students, I have always said that I wanted to be a lawyer. Perhaps it was the influence of television shows such as L.A. Law or Perry Mason, or maybe it was because I liked to argue and my family said I should be a lawyer; I no longer remember the exact reason. I do remember that applying to law schools in my senior year of college seemed like the next step to take. With a degree in political science from a liberal arts college, what else was I to do? Even though I spent considerable time researching which law schools to apply to, I had no idea what law school entailed. These are some of the things I did not know. I did not know my first year would consist of spending eighteen hours a day, seven days a week 3 in the same building. I didn't know I would have my ...
If you are interested in obtaining a lexis.com® ID and Password, please contact us at 1-(800)-227-4908 or visit us at http://www.lexisnexis.com/.