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Getting a law degree - don't kid yourself on the reasons.
Law in general
Member Name: Rook252
Law in general
Advantages: It can be varied and interesting
Disadvantages: Expensive, Time intensive, elitist
Speaking from experience there are two pieces of advice I would give to any perspective law student out there. The first is something that was said to me during my second year of law school by a fairly influential senior council in Ireland during my second year of law school and he was totally right. Remember that from the day you graduate until the day you retire from the profession that your single goal is to get as much money as you possibly can for your client. If you lose sight of that for even one second you are lost. Of course I didn't believe him at the time but time has proved him right. There are certain exceptions to the rule obviously, such as criminal law and certain aspects of family law (child protection for example) but the rest of it is all about the money.
Secondly remember that very little of it is what you know. Yes having your 2.1 or your 1st class honour will stand you in good stead. But that glass ceiling is very real and if you think you're going to break through it you're really going to need more drive and determination than 99.9% of the world has to get through it. If you have that and you can keep the first rule at the front of your mind then go for it. But if you don't then do yourself and your wallet a favour and find a different profession.
Summary: Learning to turn off your morals