Yes, get top security clearance as well and their are many contractors doing work for the NSA. The Police State is hiring!
Top-Secret Security Clearance Is a Ticket to Lots of Job Offers
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/04/09/jobs/ … l&_r=0
Interestingly, it seems to be where most of our politicians come from...
It's too populated. Many people with law degrees have a hard time finding work anymore because the field is too crowded. If you really wanna go to law school, you'd better be damn skippy you have something unique and specific in mind.
Going to law school is definitely worth it, but you need to have a plan and work towards employment throughout your schooling. Don't believe that you can use your law school degree to get a job in a different field - you'll be viewed as over-qualified!
While you are in law school, you need to reach out, build your network, and prove your capability to handle the day-to-day work of being an attorney. Law is still a great field, but there's much more competition now. Speak to your advisors, work in the school's pro bono clinics or a clinic in the city/county where the school is located, and seek out a clerkship.
If you've taken steps during law school for life after law school, then I think you'll view it as a worthwhile investment for your future.
I think Amber gives great advice. I would add to try to cover as much of your school expense as possible, however you can do it, whether it is through grants or savings, working your way through school, or a working spouse with a good job. Most law schools are very expensive, and graduates who can't find jobs in this crowded field can easily end up with a low-paying "for now" job and huge student loan debt.
I know two different couples who met in law school and married. Now they all are having trouble finding a good-paying job in their field, and both members of the couple have huge student loan debts. So these households have a double whammy of financial trouble they are dealing with.
SmartAndFun is right: law is no longer a sure thing like it was a couple of decades ago. The days of making high salaries right out of law school are pretty much gone. It happens, but it's very rare. The people I know who were successful in their job searches stayed career-oriented throughout their schooling and worked continuously to build their resumes and make contacts in the field.
Because of this, if you need to work your way through school, make certain that you can get a job in a law office or working for the courts. There just aren't enough hours in the day to go to law school, work a non-related job, and also make progress towards your career.
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