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Should I Go to Law School? The $100,000 Gamble (Book and CDs) Paperback – January 1, 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: R + S Media; 1st edition (January 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982986807
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982986806
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 9.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,389,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Russell on June 2, 2011
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Anyone thinking about going to law school and those people in law school should read this book. It really helps you focus and critically explore your own personal reasons for wanting to go to law school.

Law school has become a scary, risky and unstable opportunity. In order to succeed in the legal field, you should really understand if you are right for the legal field. This book helps you make a good decision and encourages you to step back and think about some of your assumptions.

If you're still in college, you really need to read this book before you graduate. To go one step further, I would suggest this book to anyone thinking about jumping into graduate school straight out of undergrad.

Worth every penny and then some. Life-changing book.
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I got this book (actually book and CDs) because I've been thinking about going to law school for awhile, but have been on the fence. I've been going around in circles in my head: There's the cost on one side, along with the major lifestyle commitment (i.e. hard work and lots of it). But I also have always thought that I could make a good attorney and have spent some time with LSAT prep books.

What I like about the book is that it puts aside the question of taking the LSAT, applying to law school, etc. and just focuses on the question of "Why do you want to go to law school in the first place?" It's probably a question more law students should ask themselves and it definitely challenged me to clarify why I want to go to law school and what I want to get out of it. It's a book that's both practical (i.e. step-by-step), but it also helps you think about the what-am-I-doing-with-my-life questions.

The CDs are great. Just so you know, these aren't done in a recording studio. But the content and people the author interviews are inspiring. Some of the interviews are with practicing attorneys and some of them are with coaches and advisors. I got at least a nugget or two of useful information or thought-provoking ideas from each of the discussions.

Overall, I would say it is well worth the price.
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This book/CD set is a solid reality check, and a great way to work through the many layers of soul-searching to figure out what's best for you. Highly recommended if you are facing the decision of whether or not to attend law school, or just want to get a variety of expert opinions on the subject.
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This is the best guide I've seen about the decision to go to law school. Honestly, it's also the only one I've seen and it may in fact be the only one out there.

There are two key pieces to the package: the book and the 3 CDs. The idea behind the book is that it gives you a way to analyze your interests in law school across a variety of dimensions. The book lets you add up the numbers to see if law school is right for you; but it also tries to account for "soft" factors, like your motivations for attending law school and your readiness for this particular career path.

The CDs are unique and try to give you a taste of the law from a variety of different voices. Overall, it is well-conceived and something I've found myself returning to.
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Although not without merit, SHOULD I GO TO LAW SCHOOL? THE $100,000 GAMBLE does not have near the depth of analysis that it seems to purport on intial review of the book's summary.

For the true questor wanting to best answer the question posed in the this book's title, the following combination of publications are listed below. I also provided the particularly worthy facets of each book.

1. "The Creative Lawyer", by Michael Melcher- Full of self-assessment exercises and provocative questions to get you honestly answering what you want out of a career and if the law is the answer.
2. "The Happy Lawyer", by Nancy Levit and Douglas O. Linder-Exposes the common stresses, methods of mitigation, and sources of happiness common to lawyers. It also accomplishes an analysis on the coorelation between law, personality type and proclivities, and happiness/job fullfilment.
3. "Running From the Law", by Deborah Aaron-Anecdotal stories on why people leave the law. Grants insight into common stressors of legal practice, why people leave and why people stay in law.
4. A quality Meyers-Briggs Personality Test. Take it more than once, be brutally honest, and research jobs associated with your "type"
5. "Juris Types", by Don Peters and Martha Peters-This book breaks down legal study by personality types; exposes strengths, weaknesses, likely careers and sources of interest

Combined this these publications far surpass the insight that SHOULD I GO TO LAW SCHOOL provides. I found this book to be primarily directed to Ivy league undergrad students who absolutely knew NOTHING about legal study or the practice of law. It provides, at best, a wave top overview of what should be a very in-depth self-analysis of you and your potential in the legal profession.
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