Should we, the Class of 2016, have bothered? The reality is that the job market may have looked a lot better in 2013. So why did we forge ahead?Law school, the logical choice. Though not even yet a bar member, Ross, it seems, is already deft at presenting conclusory arguments without serious factual premises, and his willingness to shill and wax nostalgic about the halcyon days of 2013 bodes well for an illustrious career in larger law firms. Most people don't become bullshit-spewin' true believers until after a few sleep-deprived late-nighters in the conference room, but early indoctrination is a sign of educational evolution.
When I decided to go to law school, there was growing optimism. Things had gotten verifiably better after the Great Recession. We still heard horror stories, but the economy was on the uptick and firms seemed to be hiring again. Though a J.D. was no longer the safe bet it once was, it still had a sheen of respectability and challenge. It was also a logical choice for many of us that were on the fence about our future.
He also gives a pulsing, Grishamesque (Grishamian?) insight into what it's like to be the law school equivalent of the upper middle class for those of us who ate sliced hot dogs off cardboard:
...[A]n inscrutable flurry of interviews marked the end of our summer. Stress levels were astronomic. All we could do was put on a brave face and hope for the best. Those students who stepped out of class to take their “callbacks” were regarded with a mix of congratulations and apprehension.Inscrutable flurry! Thrilling! When's the film adaptation?!
For me, the only inscrutable flurry was the number of applications going out and the daily zip-zapping of depressed neurons compelling me to the slow realization that the opportunities presented were mostly illusory and that I was stuck on the wrong half of a drawbridge that went up in the middle of a fiery plague, to where the people on the other side will be shocked if I'm still alive in five years.
But diverse viewpoints are important, law school taught me, and I'll give Ross's vantage credence. If you just "put on a brave face and hope for the best" and manage to enroll in one of the many, many fine law schools that leads to respectable placement rates, everything will be A-OK. Get ready for some "callbacks," buckos, and not from Sallie Mae!
So can I conscionably recommend law school? I think I can....In a conclusion that's by no means premature, you bet your sweet Pravda ass you can! People tried to "warn off" this young man, but he didn't listen; he wanted to be a "professional problem solver" and "felt like lawyering would force [him] into other walks of life, wrack [his] brains, and learn more about [him]self."
Now he's got the chance. You do, too. Many people who go down the road may wind up being mugged and left for the vultures and maggots, but the ones who get to the inn at the other end of the woods can fuckin' rhapsodize about it.