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Koyu 
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Ok so, Im a senior in high school and already have been accepted to the colleges I wanted to go to. I thought I had everything planned out and I was going to major in pre law, go to law school and after graduating either become a lawyer, or work in a different law related field. Before we all jump to conclusions though, no not just for the money, it actually does interest me xD

The only problem is my history professor said that in 2012 there has been an extreme amount of law school graduates, nearly more than jobs available in the United States. With that being said, I know I still have a lot of time before I even think about graduating, but with numbers like that my chances of getting a good career with a law degree are slim to none, do you guys think I should reconsider my major, or just push through and hope for the best?
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Posted 12/16/12
Learn a trade on top of your college education that way you always have something to fall back on. No worries then.
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25 / M / White Plains, NY
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just off the top of my head 1) Pre-Law majors applying to law schools have an equal shot as, for example, a history major getting in. In fact, some law schools frown on pre-law majors. Find other ways to make yourself stand out. 2) Yes the markets highly saturated right now, and the fact is that the people making the real money with the big firms once they get out of law school are only the top 5 people in a class. So you have to weigh the pros and cons, and figure out if you're going to be one of those top 5.
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I have a friend who graduated from law school in Boston about a year and a half ago...passed the MA BAR exam and couldn't find a single job opportunity. He moved back to Texas and found one pretty quick, if you do continue with the Law path, you may have to be able to move in order to find a less saturated job market.

that being said, most people end up changing majors after the first year, don't be afraid to take some different classes and find something you enjoy, you may even find you want to do something other than law.

for example I was a political science/history major and spent a lot of time with eastern philosophy and physics
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I would suggest that a lot of your personal marketability will depend upon your focus once in law school. A lot of changes and new legislation have been enacted recently in the financial sector. . .perhaps you might specialize in financial law? Dodd-Frank alone promises years of legal exploration and interpretation. . .
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Ok, so this is just coming second hand from me but from what I've heard about the industry with law how many people graduated in 2012 is much less important than how many people enrolled in 2012. The big deal is finding a law firm to take you under it's wing when you graduate and people who graduated a few years ago are much less attractive than fresh graduates.
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25 / M / Sydney, Australia
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Huh? Why would you change your major if it interests you?

I say, go for it. If you're good at what you do, there's no way you can't get a job.

There are jobs that are way more competitive than Lawyers... for example becoming the next pop star or something, yet people don't give up, why should you?

My only advice is, while you're doing pre-law courses, look for admin/reception/assistant jobs in a law firm, that will increase your chance of getting a lawyer job straight after graduation from law school.
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I would recommend looking into becoming an actuary. The pay scale and level of "prestige" is similar to that of a lawyer, while many consider it less stressful and demanding (specific studies cited in the link below). Also, despite actuaries being in high demand, not many people are becoming actuaries so the job market is significantly less saturated than that for lawyers. The catch is you have to be very comfortable with math, as it's pretty difficult to even become certified as an actuary unless you can do very advanced mathematics. This is the career path I settled on after considering more popular careers like law.

A website to check out if you're interested: http://www.beanactuary.org/why/?fa=a-top-ranked-job
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I'm not entirely sure about the market's condition over there for law graduates, but what I can say for sure is if you'd consider reconsidering your major, please keep in mind that you will have to work in that second-choice major you chose for quite some time once you graduate. Unless you'd accept jobs outside the field of your chosen major...which beats the original point of reconsidering your major in the first place.

That said, I would tell you to stick to your initial major, do your best and and keep an open mind about possibilities of having to move accordingly, that is if doing so will give you a job opportunity in fields related to law, which is a field you are interested in. You can take my view as being impractical, but I always believe that if there's a will, there's a way. Sure, other law graduates may be struggling, but whose to say you will experience the same fate? If you love what you're doing, you must be good at doing it...and being good, how can you not get a job? Another thing is, you can consider improving your marketability instead of changing your major entirely, as suggested by GayAsianBoy.
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Posted 12/19/12
Your history professor was correct about the flood of new lawyers competing for jobs, but you would be looking at entering the job market in about a decade - things may have changed by then. Keep in mind that law school will put you at least $80,000 in debt, and that is assuming that you have someone to support you financially and you don't take private loans for living expenses.

If you are serious about getting your JD, then I wouldn't recommend majoring in pre-law. Pre-law majors tend to do very poorly on the LSAT. Science majors do the best (physics, chemistry, biology and geology in descending order) as do library science majors. In other words, course work that emphasizes analysis and logic better prepares you for law school admittance than does pre-law course work. So I would recommend getting your bachelor's in something like chemistry or engineering (not biology - you can't do anything with a BS in biology unless you're certified to teach secondary ed). It will prepare you for the LSAT, give you a contextual background that could lead work in that field of corporate law, and you will have marketable skills in another field should you choose to change your career path.

If you really want to practice law, then by all means go to law school. But if you aren't really feeling it, do something that doesn't require such a big up-front financial investment.
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18 / M / Tórshavn
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Posted 12/19/12 , edited 12/19/12
Do what you wanna do That should always come first, I don't know the situation with jobs in your region, but I hear often that it's pretty hard to get almost anywhere -.- But that shouldn't get you down Just try your best! Fighto!

I personally am going for what I want to do. I have many routes that I would like to take in my life, but I guess I have to pick one at a time, and I probably will not be able to take all of the routes. I want to become a Programmer, Astronomy-, Physicist, Historian, Philosophist or somewhere along those lines, I pretty much love all those things and I pretty much hope that I will get a career out of them in the future.

I am going to a programming school next year, where I will probably be staying for 3-5 years, hopefully I will become bad-ass at it xD
After that I will probably go into Astronomy, but I have yet to decide which school I should go too, as of yet there are no schools in my country that focus on that subject, so I will need to study abroad most likely:P
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Posted 12/19/12
Just don't do it for the money.
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Sounds like you are asking us if you should settle for less... That's up to you isn't it?
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43 / M / Reno, NV, USA
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Posted 12/19/12
You've gotten some good advice from some of the previous posters. I only want to add in to say that "Do what you wanna do. That should always come first," while surely sincerely meant and very much in the spirit of the times we live in, is not wise advice. In essence, one is saying one should be able to do whatever one wishes, and the world ought reward me for it (with a job). It's because of this we have so many people with tens-of-thousands of dollars of student debt who are unemployable with marginally useful degrees or other certifications. Money isn't the end of all things, but the fact remains you'll still need to eat, wear clothes, have a roof over your head, and hopefully even enjoy some of the other nicer things in life on top of all that, and unless you manage to come into a huge inheritance or something, you'll need to be able to earn money.

That said, I'm not saying you shouldn't enjoy whatever you end up doing for a living-- indeed, hating your job is a life curse. However, it is wise to consider the marketability/utility of whatever course of training you decide to pursue as well as your own aptitude in that field, as it seems you are doing.
Koyu 
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Posted 12/19/12 , edited 12/19/12
Hmmm...all this advice has helped a lot. I really do appreciate everything you've all said. I think for now at least, I'm going to stick with law, try my best, and hopefully it will all work out by the time I graduate. I mean, this is the decision I'm leaning on most right now. But all these suggestions and opinions definitely tell me that I still have a lot to think about >.<
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