In 2015, over 37,000 individuals decided to enroll in law school. Should you join them? Before you drop six figures and come face-to-face with the Socratic Method, your new classmates, and countless nights in the library, join me as we analyze whether law school is right for you. We will take a deep dive into the decision by contemplating the various benefits and costs in obtaining a J.D. This course includes lectures on the following topics:
You will spend a little over four hours completing this course. Extra materials include my collection of the best resources that you can consult when thinking about this decision.
It can be stressful and confusing when you are thinking about attending law school. As a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a current associate at a corporate law firm, I have traveled down this road and understand the complexities in making this decision. Therefore, I invite you to take this course and discover the different factors you should consider in deciding whether law school is for you. Looking forward to seeing you at the first lecture!
This lecture introduces the course and provides a broad outline of what we will cover.
This lecture discusses my path to law school, my experience both during and after law school, and the current state of law schools.
This lecture provides an initial look at the idea of law school and common reasons for attending law school.
We discuss three common reasons that prospective students attend law school: influences from popular culture, following childhood dreams, and influence from family and friends.
We discuss prospective law students who attend law school to help society better and those who attend to get rich.
In this lecture, we talk about prospective law students who enroll in law school because of their apparent lack of options and because they think law school will provide career flexibility down the road.
This lecture addresses prospective law students opting to attend due to the intellectual challenge of law school. We also discuss those who attend law school after they've obtained prior work experience in the legal field.
We discuss prospective law students who will receive outside funding to attend law school, and we wrap up the module with some key takeaways.
Course notes for module one.
This lecture introduces module two and speaks about common jobs for law school graduates.
This lecture introduces Big Law and speaks about compensation for Big Law associates.
We discuss some of the realities of Big Law and how law students can begin a career in Big Law.
This lecture discusses positions at mid and small size firms after graduation.
We discuss the opportunity to start your own firm after graduating law school.
We next discuss jobs in business and government after graduation.
In this lecture, we talk about judicial clerkships after law school and pursuing public interest positions.
This lecture discusses careers in academia after graduation.
We next discuss temp positions and positions funded by law schools themselves.
This lecture presents some final thoughts on career choices and current market conditions.
Course notes for module two.
This lecture introduces module three and speaks about past and present tuition rates.
We begin our discussion of law school costs by speaking about tuition, room and board, and books.
We continue our discussion of costs by speaking about personal expenses, post-grad costs, and opportunity costs.
We transition to a discussion of how you'll pay for law school. We first speak about family assistance and scholarship opportunities.
In this lecture, we discuss different types of loans you could pursue in order to afford law school.
We next discuss additional ways to afford law school, which include private loans and federal work study.
In this lecture, we discuss how you actually pay for law school and new costs that you'll take on after graduation.
We next speak about ways to handle your law school debt and the risks of attending a lower ranked law school that charges Harvard-style tuition.
This lecture discusses ways to pay back your loans, including loan consolidation and refinancing.
This lecture discusses alternative payment options for public interest attorneys and government attorneys, and presents some concluding thoughts to the module.
Course notes for module three.
This lecture introduces the module and speaks about the difference between accredited and non-accredited law schools.
In this lecture, we discuss factors you should consider when vetting law schools. We also speak about law school rankings.
In this lecture, we speak about the role of prestige when selecting a law school.
This lecture discusses the importance of employment outcomes when selecting among law schools.
We speak about law schools' admissions standards and costs when you are creating your shortlist of potential schools.
This lecture discusses schools' bar passage rate and the importance of location.
In this lecture, we talk about schools' curricula, joint-degree programs, and part time programs.
This lecture presents some key takeways on creating your shortlist of potential law schools.
Course notes for module four.
This lecture introduces the law school application process.
This lecture provides some basic information and strategies about the LSAT.
In this lecture, we speak about the importance of your undergraduate GPA in law school admissions. We also discuss splitters and reverse splitters.
We discuss the personal statement and letters of recommendation when submitting your law school applications.
In this lecture, we talk about the importance of academic and professional experience, demographics, and timing when applying to schools.
This lecture presents some key takeaways from this module.
Course notes for module five.
This lecture introduces the final module, speaking about the pros and cons of the legal profession and opportunity costs.
We speak about several overarching aspects of the law school decision, including your financial future, career goals, and overall happiness.
In this lecture, we discuss the role of inertia in the law school decision.
We conclude the course by speaking about next steps when making your decision.
Course notes for module six.
Originally from the south suburbs of Chicago, I attended the University of Michigan and majored in political science. After graduation, I worked in the media industry for nine months before matriculating at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. I graduated in 2014 and became a full-time litigation associate at Baker & McKenzie in New York City. In my spare time, I like to play tennis, watch Michigan football, and explore New York City.