Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Vanity, definitely my favorite sin

Grandmothers are gathering today to say their Novenas for their grandkids sweating it out with thousands of others across the land taking the bar. With 60K + in debt hanging on their shoulders, these poor (for now) and nervous many are scribbling away in the hopes that they will be a LAWYER.

From California to Kansas to Pennsylvania to New York to Maryland, I have many friends today taking the bar exam. It's pretty crazy to think they have spent the past three years (at least) in law school, accrued some obscene amount of debt and it all comes down to about 200 questions.

Good luck to you poor jerks! And, the rest of us will think kindly upon you today, and if we see a post-bar person at a bar tomorrow night, we buy them a shot and wish them well.


Blogger Dutchess said...

Like you I have friends who have disappeared for two mos. into study seclusion to get ready for today. The real sad part is, many of them went to law school for the right reasons; to do something good w/ the degree. After three years of being virtually antisocial, conforming and competing, and yes, the wopping 70k student loans... you will see most coming out late night from those big corp firms we love to hate.

12:29 PM  
Blogger V said...

Dutchess: I know, it's kind of sad to see former Nader voters opting for 140K a year and forgetting their liberal ways. It's also sad to see them work for Legal Aid and have their stuff repossessed. Real Catch-22, I guess.

1:48 PM  
Anonymous Underused said...

I work for a "big corp firm," but I've never had to compromise my principles. At first I felt bad about euthanizing poor people who can't pay their medical bills - but now I see it as doing them a favor.

And most schools offer loan forgiveness programs if you work for a non-profit, so it's entirely possible to take on the debt and still practice in the public's interest.

3:56 PM  
Blogger Natty G said...

First day down, not as bad as I expected.

Another factor to consider re: big firm vs. public interest, is that a lot of public interest employers want people to go to the big firms. I know quite a few public interest places that won't hire people straight out of law school. They want you to go to the firms for the training and experience, so that you are more efficient by the time you go public interest.

8:13 PM  
Blogger V said...

Underused: The poor are asking for it.
Natty G: Congrats, half way there...are you taking VA or MD?

8:33 PM  

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