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Don't Go To Law School (Unless): A Law Professor's Inside Guide to Maximizing Opportunity and Minimizing Risk Kindle Edition
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His books include DON'T GO TO LAW SCHOOL (UNLESS), THE OBESITY MYTH, JURISMANIA, and AGAINST THE LAW (with Steven Smith and Pierre Schlag).
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If you are considering law school you must also add his (and his co-author Professor Merritt) blog (insidethelawschoolscam.blogspot.com) to your feed list to stay current. The comments there are frequently as invaluable as the main postings.
Prior to the publishing of this book, my greatest "criticism" of Professor Campos' work was how difficult it was to determine from his blog who, exactly, should go to law school, if indeed he thought anyone should. (To be fair, he has several posts devoted to this question; it just took a substantial amount of time in the archives to find them.) Fortunately, this book has several chapters devoted to precisely this question. Rather than name names on schools to attend, he sets up categories (National Elite, Sub-Elite, Top Tier Regional) and offers his opinion on the maximum in tuition it would be reasonable to pay at each.
These conclusions come at the end of the book, however, and in the preceding chapters he lays out the wide array of reasons you would be wise to follow his advice. Some highlights:
- Only go to law school if you want to be a lawyer doing legal work. Really. No other desired employment is fair compensation for the stress, increased risk of substance abuse, and debt you will take on over the course of law school. Read that again. I am serious.
- Average debt figures quoted by schools are a mirage. One, they don't include interest accrued during the life of the loans while you were in law school.Read more ›
A dose of reality was needed. A wake-up call. And Campos' book, "Don't Go To Law School (Unless)" has provided that antibiotic. Continuing the fairytale theme, Campos has ventured into the forest with a bright torch, illuminating the better paths to follow, the ones that will minimize the likelihood of falling into the most common traps, the ones that aren't lined with deceptive candy. The ones that other professor-authors are deliberately hiding, for their livelihoods depend on it.Read more ›
This book pulls together the information that everyone - including people my age whose kids may be considering law school - needs to know about the law school situation. It's appalling but true that law school is now a trap for the unwary. High tuition, low employment rates for graduates, staggering levels of student debt that are not dischargeable in bankruptcy: it's a recipe for disaster. Campos lays it all out, and even warns about the "Special Snowflake Syndrome," that marvelous victory of optimism over reality which convinces us that whatever the statistics say (or whatever our academic history), we WILL be among the top ten (or two) percent-ers who'll waltz out with that J.D., straight into highly paid professional paradise.
Dream on. Better yet: don't dream. Get real. Read this book. Think about it. Read it again. Ask questions. Do the math. And do it again. Campos doesn't say not to go to law school, but he all but implores the reader to make an informed decision at every stage. Including the time when those first year grades are posted, when there's still time to get out alive.
From now on (I'm a recently retired lawyer) I will tell anyone who so much as mentions to me that they (or their kid or boyfriend or aunt or whoever) is thinking about law school: read this book.
Campos, bless his heart, is unshackled by orthodoxy. He writes with composure, passion, practicality, and humor.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Delivered on time. Very useful, considering a career change from Engineering.Published 6 days ago by Scott Pollat
Confirmed what I already suspected when I looked at law for a career. Must read before you apply. A word to the wise is sufficient.Published 19 days ago
This book is just as the title states - don't go to law school unless. Professor Campos (being a law school professor) is in an excellent position to advise on the changing law... Read morePublished 24 days ago by P. Fellenz
I agree with other reviewers that this should be required reading for anyone simply considering going to law school. Read morePublished 1 month ago by L. J.
Paul Campos helps you figure out how to measure your law school situation against what is actually profitable for you. Most helpful for assessing financial and career risk. Read morePublished 1 month ago by David
Very straight to the point and honest book. I considered getting a legal education because although I am mid-career, I work with policy and in the regulatory environment. Read morePublished 1 month ago by StormgalNYC
As a graduate of law in a foreign jurisdiction, with both a First Class Honours LLB degree and an LLM in International Commercial Law from UCL, the decision of whether to undertake... Read morePublished 2 months ago by C. Stuart
I never write reviews but I had to for this book. His points are extremely biased. Not going to write any more about why this book is terrible because I would just be repeating the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jessica Son
Some good things, but most of this has been done to death on the internet. His personal Q&A new but not new materialPublished 4 months ago by TravellingCari