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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 ›
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 ›
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
The book is very pessimistic, but I think it needs to be. People have this illusion that becoming a lawyer is such a great thing, but lying to yourself and being in a huge debt... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Andres
The author has radically explained the pros and cons of law school. This is a MUST read for those people contemplating on going to law school.
I would REQUIRE prospective students to read this book before selecting a law school to attend.
Very good quick engaging read.
Nothing original. An author just writes plenty reasons why it's not great great idea to go to law school nowadays. Very discouraging. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Karina
Each chapter said the same thing in a slightly different way. I kept waiting for the other show to drop: for the "unless" part to kick in and tell you when it made sense... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
Read it through in one night. It's got some good points of view, and I think is VERY important for anyone considering law school. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Bilbanzabar
I would recommend this product for people who will leave law school with more than $60,000 in debt, or for those who haven't thought about long term cost. Read morePublished 29 days ago by James Ticknor
This is a really worth reading book. I hope that this book can come with a Chinese translation so that incoming LLMs and JD transfers can read it and present it to their... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rongxuan Li
Very depressing. Focuses only on the dollars involved. I wish there had been one more chapter: "good reasons to go to law school even though you might be in debt... Read morePublished 1 month ago by BillyBob