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Old 02-26-2018, 05:25 PM
 
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And loads doing well. I know lots of people with law degrees, not all are lawyers, but all are using their degrees heavily in their professions.
This is very much a double-edged sword. In some cases it is actually a detriment. I have one friend who has a law degree and decided he wanted to teach, so he went back to school and got a teaching degree. He could not get a job as a teacher, because the contracts with teacher's unions specify that teachers with an advanced degree must get paid more, and there was no way a school was going to pay a starting teacher more money than they had to. My friend ended up having to go back to practicing law.

Some employers wonder why the hell anyone who is a lawyer would want to do another job and assume that people who would want to go into a different field must have been drummed out of the law in disgrace.

It is wonderful knowledge to have and certainly entrepreneurs can make a great use of a law degree. But not everyone out there sees it as a plus.
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Old 02-26-2018, 05:40 PM
 
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Yes....doing well with degrees from good schools, not these third-tier law schools. My workplace will not even interview anyone who shows up with a degree from a place like the Massachusetts School of Law. That resume gets tossed, every time, without a look.
Mass School of Law is not a tier 3 school, it's a non ABA accredited school whose graduates are only eligible to take the bar exam in Mass and Connecticut upon graduation (once they are admitted in one of those states, they start to have some additional options).

Presumably the OP is referring to a school like Suffolk or New England, whose graduates regularly find employment practicing law in Massachusetts. It's true that graduates of regional schools like those have a tougher time if they want to relocate to a different area of the country, but that's the same for graduates of other regional law schools all over the US.
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Old 02-26-2018, 05:56 PM
 
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Mass School of Law is not a tier 3 school, it's a non ABA accredited school whose graduates are only eligible to take the bar exam in Mass and Connecticut upon graduation (once they are admitted in one of those states, they start to have some additional options).

Presumably the OP is referring to a school like Suffolk or New England, whose graduates regularly find employment practicing law in Massachusetts. It's true that graduates of regional schools like those have a tougher time if they want to relocate to a different area of the country, but that's the same for graduates of other regional law schools all over the US.
I did not say the Massachusetts School of Law was a third-tier school.....I mentioned that third-tier law schools were not a good investment in the current environment. I tossed in MSL as a throwaway of just how useless a law degree from there is & I hope the OP is not planning on going there.
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Old 02-26-2018, 06:21 PM
 
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I did not say the Massachusetts School of Law was a third-tier school.....I mentioned that third-tier law schools were not a good investment in the current environment. I tossed in MSL as a throwaway of just how useless a law degree from there is & I hope the OP is not planning on going there.
I have never heard of Massachusetts School of Law
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Old 02-26-2018, 06:27 PM
 
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My guess is that the choice is New York Law School versus New England School of Law.

NYLS does do a lot of seminars and continuing legal education programs and seems to get their students into a lot of their volunteer programs. However, there are scores of stories out there of people who go and end up as waiters. They were even sued by some students because the students could not get jobs.

New England School of Law doesn't do as many of those sorts of things, but they have plenty of graduates.

From either school, most graduates who end up practicing law do divorce, real estate and auto accident litigation/worker's comp and SSI type claims.

I'm assuming you do not want to remain in Wisconsin or go to Chicago.
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Old 02-26-2018, 06:30 PM
 
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My guess is that the choice is New York Law School versus New England School of Law.

NYLS does do a lot of seminars and continuing legal education programs and seems to get their students into a lot of their volunteer programs. However, there are scores of stories out there of people who go and end up as waiters. They were even sued by some students because the students could not get jobs.

New England School of Law doesn't do as many of those sorts of things, but they have plenty of graduates.

From either school, most graduates who end up practicing law do divorce, real estate and auto accident litigation/worker's comp and SSI type claims.

I'm assuming you do not want to remain in Wisconsin or go to Chicago.
It's not NESL
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Old 02-26-2018, 06:33 PM
 
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I'll admit that it is Suffolk v NYLS
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Old 02-26-2018, 06:40 PM
 
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I have never heard of Massachusetts School of Law
Good I don't mean to discourage you from going to law school, especially with a full scholarship. Just throwing my 2 cents in on the difficulty you may encounter with the degree in the current job market. Suffolk is better than NESL or the state law school. Back to your main question: Boston & the scholarship is your best bet. Boston is less frenetic then NYC, to say the least. You should adjust well.

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Old 02-26-2018, 07:07 PM
 
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I'll admit that it is Suffolk v NYLS
Aah. Well, Suffolk is better than New England, and despite any sort of national rankings you may have seen, there is not much difference between Suffolk and NYLS in terms of how good they are or how much cache they carry within the local community. Actually, I'd suspect that Suffolk may have a better reputation in the Boston area than NYLS has in the NY area.
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Old 02-26-2018, 07:17 PM
 
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I'll admit that it is Suffolk v NYLS
I know lots of extremely successful lawyers who have graduated from Suffolk. Several of them have started successful Boston based firms with practices in corporate law and criminal defense. Don’t listen to the haters, there are plenty of opportunities coming out of Suffolk if you are smart and hardworking.
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