How to Decide Whether to Go to Law School

How to Decide Whether to Go to Law SchoolLadies, how did you decide whether to go to law school? How did you finance law school — and how old were you when you started law school? For those of you who decided NOT to go to law school, are you happy with your decision? Did anyone get to law school and drop out, or finish law school and decide not to practice law? For those of you who went to law school when you were older, was it a big decision to go back to school? Reader S, in her late 20s, is trying to decide whether to go to law school:

I’m in my late 20s and seriously considering law school. It’s something I’ve had on my radar since for about 10 years now, but finances always got in the way/thinking I was in some way not smart enough for law school because of a lower uni GPA. A master’s in hand and experience working as a paralegal/risk assessment for international programs in universities, and I finally feel ready. Any advice from Corporette readers who went to law school later in life, especially related to finances?

Wow, great question, Reader S — I can’t wait to hear what the readers say. I expect there will be a barrage of DON’T GO TO LAW SCHOOL responses, and might I add my own voice to those to say : Make sure you are going to law school because you like to argue, negotiate, and represent clients — NOT because you like to write or research. Note that a lot of legal work is drudgery, and that there are huge tranches of people with law degrees who a) cannot get work as lawyers and/or b) can barely make enough as a lawyer to pay their bills, including hefty student loans. (For those of you struggling with big debt from school loans, you may want to check out our post about how to pay off big student loans.) Be very sure you want to go to law school for the right reasons.

With that said, here’s my advice on how to decide whether to go to law school:

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Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: Macey Velvet Tuxedo Jacket

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: A velvet blazer is great for everything from the staff holiday party to a topper as it gets more into fall, and you can also wear it on a regular day at work to have some fun with texture. This jacket from Alice + Olivia looks lovely and it’s part of The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale — it was $485 and is now $323. Macey Velvet Tuxedo Jacket

Update: Unfortunately, this has sold out!

Here are two more affordable options: one in regular sizes and one that comes in sizes XXS-4X.

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This sandal has been getting a ton of good reviews over at Nordstrom, and it comes in six colors, which is always a good sign. In general, Michael Kors is a well-liked brand around here — their MK Flex pump is always ranked highly with the readers — and in general this looks like a great, classic sandal. It’s got sort of a vintage vibe, but it also feels very modern. We’re featuring it in red, which I like, but it’s also got a bunch of neutral colors, including oyster, dark khaki, mink, black suede, and navy suede. It’s $98, which is very affordable, and it comes in sizes 5–11. Becky Slingback Sandal

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Weekly News Update

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  • Racked recommends five beauty brands that don’t test on animals, including Girlactik, pictured here.
  • The New York Times shares style tips inspired by French women—just in time for Bastille Day.
  • The New York Times also reports that the Paris fashion destination Colette will close in December after 20 years.
  • The Huffington Post reports that Speaker of the House Paul Ryan announced plans to update the decades-old House dress code after its recent criticisms. Meanwhile, The Cut reports that Rep. Martha McSally commented about the dress code on the floor while wearing a sleeveless dress and open-toed shoes.
  • The Muse offers advice on how to focus on your successes early in your career.
  • Medium shares a CEO’s response to a web developer’s “mental health day” email that has gone viral.
  • NPR’s Marketplace examines why job interviews are getting more involved.
  • FiveThirtyEight reports that while Silicon Valley sexual harassment cases are in the headlines, “thousands of other cases of sexual harassment and other forms of discrimination … get much less attention—and often don’t result in firings or resignations.”
  • The Huffington Post reports that private companies are stepping up their game on a global scale when it comes to protecting the health of women workers.
  • Bustle reports that Culture Machine, a digital entertainment company in Mumbai, India, is offering “First Day of Period” leave for employees.
  • The Cut also shares results of a new study from the Pew Research Center regarding online harassment. Surprisingly, more men than women have reported being harassed. Not surprisingly, women are more concerned about online harassment.
  • Vice reports that Abbi Jacobson of Broad City has started A Piece of Work, a podcast about art featuring her celeb friends RuPaul, Hannibal Buress, Tavi Gevinson, and others.
  • Laugh of the Week: To celebrate the new season of Game of Thrones, The New Yorker released a sneak preview of George R.R. Martin’s not-quite-polished upcoming novel.

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Faux Wrap Skirt

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The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is going on now (here are our picks for workwear), and although this clearance skirt isn’t part of the sale, you may want to pick it up too. I love the pockets, the flared look, and the small slit in the front, and it’s 40% off of what was already an affordable price of $69, taking it down to $41. It comes in regular sizes 0–16 and petite sizes 00P–14P in black and olive. Faux Wrap Skirt

Here’s an option in plus sizes.

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Coffee Break: Convertible Nubuck Hobo

I like seeing the hobo again — they’re big this year at The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I also like how the strap on this Rebecca Minkoff bag doesn’t feel like it needs to be detached; it’s a nice, interesting piece if it’s there or not, so you can convert it to a crossbody or use it as a regular hobo. It’s $229 but will go up to $345 after the sale ends. Convertible Nubuck Hobo with Embroidered Strap

Here’s a more affordable option.

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