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I recently had a conversation with a journalism major who is wallypancake10/30/18
Desperation. Many a man thinks they are the exception to the billcarson10/30/18
wallypancake (Oct 30, 2018 - 2:09 pm)

I recently had a conversation with a journalism major who is considering law school. I told him about the realities of the profession (biglaw, big fed, small law, doc review etc.) and that he should look into it if it makes sense for him. He came back to me last night with some reservations. I encouraged him to seriously consider his reservations before jumping into law school. He then told me that he plans on going because he feels that even if things do not work out, he can fallback on his journalism degree. I said that he should look into the journalism field, which, like law, is difficult to break into. I also recommended that he consider what a prospective employer would tell him if he tried to get into journalism after law school: he would need to explain why he went to law school and then tries getting back into journalism. If it was not for him before law school, why is it good now. An answer of "law didn't work out so I'm doing journalism" is not going to work.

The idea of switching career paths and later trying to find a place in the old one is a difficult sell to a prospective employer. If someone is working in journalism and goes to law school at night then that may make sense to continue in journalism if law does not work out. You can say that law school was to help you land the reporting job of big Supreme Court cases. However, a journalism degree with no experience followed by law school and a fallback into journalism is not a good plan.

Doc review will not value your journalism degree.

Why do so people place their bets on the irrelevant backup plan?

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billcarson (Oct 30, 2018 - 7:53 pm)

Desperation. Many a man thinks they are the exception to the Rule until the universe pulverizes them.

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