As thousands of soon-to-be law students prepare for the LSATs tomorrow, here’s something they should consider: a list of the top 8 bad reasons for going to law school. Here’s one of the finest:
(7) I want to help poor people/save mountaintops from being blown up in West Virginia/stop human right violations in Africa/make a difference in this world.Cynical law students tend to dismiss their classmates’ interest in doing anything but trying to make money by pointing out how these noble ideals soon crumble in the face of the realities of On Campus Interviewing. But that’s the point: It turns out there’s very little money in law for doing anything other than representing the interests of the rich and powerful. That doesn’t mean people who claimed to want to do something else were disingenuous: more likely they were merely naïve. If you want to go to law school to help poor people, please keep in mind that in America in 2011 nobody who matters gives a rat’s [patootie] about the interests of poor people, so unless you’re independently wealthy or extremely lucky you will not be able to help poor people by going to law school.
Check out the full list here.