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Thinking about Law School?

Thinking about Law School?

by Austin Brentley
April 28, 2010

Are you on the fence about whether or not you should go to law school? It could require three or more years of very difficult work coupled with substantial debt. When you consider the many positive aspects of a law & criminal justice career; however, the time and money commitment may not seem so difficult to manage. Let's face it--everyone may need to find a lawyer at one time or another, there will probably always be a need for lawyers, and the average lawyer salary is much higher than many other jobs.

Everyone Needs to Find a Lawyer

You could go your entire life and never hire a plumber. If you live in a city with good public transportation, you could go for years without ever hiring an auto mechanic. Generally, however, everyone needs to find a lawyer at one time or another. Whether you need to find a trial lawyer, divorce lawyer, or contract lawyer, you may pay for legal fees at some time in your life. If you have a law degree, there will probably always be a need for your services.

The Average Lawyer Salary

In 2006, the median annual earnings of wage and salaried lawyers were more than $100,000 a year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. For those attorneys who stick with the same firm and rise up the ranks, the average lawyer salary can be substantially higher.

If you know that you want a lucrative job with plenty of demand, consider setting your sights on law school. In three years, you can be well on your way to making a substantial salary in this in-demand field. And, few degrees are as versatile, powerful, and transferable as a law degree.




About the Author
A freelance writer and researcher, Austin Brentley currently lives and works in Bangkok, Thailand. His previous experience includes working for a lobbying firm in his native Washington, DC, teaching English in Japan, and working for various record and television studios in New York.