Sunday, October 10, 2010

So You Want to Go to Law School...

OK, I lied. I said I was taking a break this week, but here I am. I am a lawyer, after all, a fact that allows me to transition seamlessly into next week's Very Special Event, which I have moved up a week.

I graduated from law school 11 years ago. I'd say the results have been mixed. On the plus side, I met my future wife and made a good group of friends that I still hang out with. We discuss weighty topics, like how much grilled meat we can consume during a trip to a Brazilian steakhouse. We also quote Eastbound and Down and Stepbrothers.

On the down side...

Well, I wrote this short movie using the addictive xtranormal animation website.

42 comments:

  1. Awesome. "I am very committed." "You should be committed."

    Sums it up perfectly.

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  2. I found the video through another blog I read: Domestic Reflections. LOVE the video. Brings back some horrible memories of law school. And my own personal idealistic thoughts.

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  3. thanks evylynn -- I just went over to Domestic Reflections to check it out. interesting to see the video pop up in random corners of the Intert.

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  4. So you want to go to Cornell Law School? http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/7394633/

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  5. This is...amazing! I am in my last year of law school still asking why I did this to myself, and this is so scarily accurate. Love it.

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  7. OK, my husband and I (both lawyers, natch) have watched this at least 50 times. I can't believe how funny and true it is! It captures that naive, optimisitc sentimentality of law school and the brutal reality of lawyering. Thank you for all the laughs. :-)

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  8. I have been practicing law for 17 years. The first two to three years were tough as you have to shed the idealism and confront the reality. Like anything, you shape your own destiny. I quickly concluded that working for a large, prestigious law firm was a fools game. I left after my third year, joined a small group of creative, entrepreneurial attorneys, and have loved the last 14 years. Sure, there have been tough times, difficult document reviews, asshole opponents, etc. but I generally love what I do and have made an average of $5 million per year over the last five years. You can't expect to come out of law school and have someone hand you a career. Like anything, you have to create it yourself, which involves pushing your limits and embracing risk. If I had stayed at a large, national defense firm, I am sure I would have ended up jaded as well.

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  9. So so so funny. And it was posted on my birthday! What a swell gift.

    Ericka

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  10. I'm a lawyer, and I just wanted to let you know this video has been making the rounds among all my lawyer friends. Amazing!

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  11. I have practiced law for 30 years. I absolutely loved this video. What a great way to draw the distinctions between what you think/expect things will be vs. what they actually are. I have played this over and over and am still laughing. I have passed it on to a number of attorneys I know.

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  12. Your film should be required watching for anyone ordering LSAT prep books from Amazon, priceless.

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  13. Absolutely spot-on! Reblogged! http://www.popthomology.com/2010/10/video-so-you-want-to-go-to-law-school.html

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  14. Very funny, a real internet phenomena.
    can i ask you to allow viewing the statistics over at the youtube video? you know, seeing referrals sites, viewers traffic, dates..
    tnx & tnx!

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  15. I must make one small correction, however. Most students coming out of law school now can expect to take thirty years to pay off their loans, not twenty. Yep, THIRTY years. The vast majority will be in their fifties when (if?) they make their final payment. Makes it all seem even more worth it, doesn't it? :) Love the video!

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  16. Hilarious! Should be required viewing for all would be law students. Especially enjoyed the constitutional law piece.

    RMB

    www.ryanbarnett.com

    P.S. Last comment is correct about 30 vs. 20 for student loans.

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  17. I'm in my third year right now, and I love asking potential students why they want to go to law school.

    I can accept some of the naivety like, "helping the less fortunate," "30% pro bono," and "defending those wrongly accused." I absolutely just want to smack the people that have incurred upwards of six digit debt and openly have no desire to become a lawyer.

    Comments like, "I think I'm probably gonna go on and get a masters after this and teach" force me to clutch my hands behind my back and resort to verbal abuse.

    Pretty much all the lawyers you talk to will tell you not to go or ask you why you didn't just become a doctor.

    My GPA sucks. I'm not on Law Review or Moot Court(drama club of law school), but I actually have a job lined up with a small plaintiff's firm, which is pretty enjoyable.

    BTW, if you think being involved in law school is a cool idea, it's not. You just end up looking like a huge tool and will get burned out after first year. Don't worry about anything except finding employment.

    PS: I failed organic...twice.

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  18. This is brilliant. I first saw it a few days ago and tonight an undergrad called me for the monthly shakedown. He told me he was majoring in international business and was trying to figure out what to do with his life. He was considering grad school, law school, or maybe the Peace Corps. It took everything I had to not say, "If you tell me the Constitution is a living, breathing document, I may have to kill myself."

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  19. This is SO funny!!! God bless you! I was the girl and made it through 7 months of practice before I turned into the guy and quit. Greatest decision I ever made. Thanks for writing this awesome hilarious video. By the way I saw it on Facebook weeks ago but never watched it because I usually hate "funny videos". This totally got me, though. You rock.

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  20. I'm a pre-law advisor at a large university, and this is so painfully and hilariously accurate, I can't stop watching it. The pre-med and constitutional law bits are especially good.

    Nice work!!

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  21. You've gone Ivy: blogs.law.yale.edu/blogs/admissions/

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  22. Sitting at my desk, crying with laughter. Just got through reviewing 32 bankers boxes of construction invoices. And, I got a C in "INORGANIC" not organic chem.

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  23. thanks to all for your comments... broke 500,000 hits yesterday. Dare I dream about a million hits?

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  24. To the guy who felt the need to share that he makes an average of $5 million a year: Go use some of that money to find a cure for the fact that you are a huge douchebag.

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  25. I'm a psychiatrist. This movie was superb. Put it in a pill and it will make a fortune as an antipsychotic today, I'm going to work out a dance number to it so I can break up my next appearance as an expert witness!

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  26. This video is a great example of why I ALMOST went to law school...but then thought better of it. I can't tell you how many lawyer friends I have who are nursing $100K-$150K in student loans, while making $50,000/year doing the most boring, tedious work one could imagine. And those are the friends lucky enough to be employed!

    You know those programs they have for delinquent kids, where the kids are forced to visit a prison and come face to face with what their life is going to be like if they don't get it together? There should be a similar program for would-be lawyers, where pre-law students are forced to sit in a law firm for a week and see what they're REALLY going to be doing when they graduate (assuming they can find a job). That'll scare 98% of them away from entering law school...

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  27. HI-LARIOUS!! A lawyer friend of mine gave me this link, I have not yet begun Law School but those that I come across who have, all say these same things! Brilliant!

    Reminds me a little bit of the movie "American Psycho", with the coke habit! hahahahahaha
    lovely....
    All you attorneys...look me up on FB and give me advice!
    Rachel Belle

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  28. a fellow UVA grad! marvelous!

    great video.

    wahoo wah, et al.

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  29. LOVE IT, LOVE IT.
    I am a non-traditional (OLD) 2L, and I have begun to question myself everyday over why I chose to do this when everything under common sense tells me that I am an idiot.
    The only consolation I have is that I know I can always go back to my old career if I need to.
    Not that I do not like some things about the law, but the games that everyone involved plays makes the good components disappear.
    As a grown up, I can see the accuracy of your points even more than the 22 year old kids I am in school with. I just wonder how they are going to pull it all off. They are even more in debt than I am, with such little hope of actually working - unless they are in the top 5%.

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  30. The best lines - have you ever spent your Thanksgiving holiday in a warehouse in Topeka reviewing 1.2 million documents -- and the part about the sad truth about the legal aid lawyer is that they will also be one of the "poor" people.
    Really enjoyed it, but I wish it was done with real people instead of the computerized voices.

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  31. Law school if filled with a "distilled number of the biggest A-holes you knew in college - so apt.

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  32. Hi everyone -- thanks for all the comments! Amazing how big this video has gone. Now if I could only figure out a way to live a life of leisure off it.

    Please bookmark, subscribe to, or follow my blog, as I plan to make more movies starring our jaded friend Oscar and his starry-eyed associate, Carrie-Ann.

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  33. I went to law school on a full-tuition scholarship, and I still regret my decision to go. Thank you for opening up people's eyes, regarding this sick industry. The video is hilarious and spot-on.

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  34. Learning a trick from your playbook my buddy and I did something similar. A young woman talks to a jaded Human Resources guy about a career in HR. We thought is was so good we started a blog.

    Come see Rogue HR.

    http://roguehumanresources.blogspot.com/

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  35. I only wish I had seen this BEFORE I ran up the $100,000 in law school earning my degree to "help poor people" back when I didn't care about money (because I didn't need so damn much of it!)... could have saved me 3 years of hell and gotten me to invest in my own future by starting an IRA instead of an "education" in this overgrown, overpopulated, underinspiring field.

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  37. This video is brilliant! I linked to it on my site, where I provide commentary on career choices and discuss my regret of attending law school and burying myself in debt for a career which I came to hate. I was that naive student nine years ago!

    http://careared.com/

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  38. Okay, so I fit the profile for the girl spot-on (even failed orgo twice, but finally passed with a C...current GPA is 3.09 at Illinois Institute of Technology, I'm a Biochemistry major). Anyway, I was going to spend my night taking a practice LSAT (got a 160 on my first one) but found this video instead.

    So my question is, does this video apply to patent law? I've heard from everyone that it's a hot and growing field, and that technical science degree complements patent law well. So, can you guys shed any light on that? Thanks! cnote678 @ gmail

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