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Don't be like Tucker Max

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His words, not ours:

Don’t be me. Don’t go to law school. Go do something with your life that you’ll enjoy, is rewarding and productive and makes the world a better place.

Tucker has started a new advice blog, and the first post up is something that needs to be beaten into the head of every 20-something directionless college student: law school is not the place for you.

Like arguing? No you don't. You're just a contentious jerk and what you enjoy doing bears little resemblance to the practice of law.

Want to make a lot of money? You'll only make a lot of money for your professors and Sallie Mae.

Want to be a lawyer? Hell, only about half of law grads get to do that.

Most of this is old hat, but there is a new piece to the law-school-by-default puzzle we haven't seen much before:

If your parents and guidance counselors say that you should have already “picked a direction” or “figured out a plan for your future” by now, ignore them. The pressure and admonitions they are foisting upon you aren’t about your happiness or your success; it’s about theirs. It’s about validating themselves as good parents and qualified counselors. If they see you go to law school, to them it means you a) got good grades, b) went to college, c) didn’t drop out, d) didn’t commit (m)any felonies, e) have ambition and f) will make six-figures. By every traditional measure, they have succeeded in their prescribed roles.

That probably explains why a lot of kids get pushed into law. It's not that it's the path of least resistance for them, it's the path of least resistance for their parents. Mom and Dad can tell the neighbors and extended family that little Johnnie is a lawyer, and pat themselves on the back for a job well done. Buying your kid an LSAT prep class requires less time and effort than helping him figure out a career path that would be actually rewarding and productive. Most parents pushing their kids into law school haven't figured that out for themselves yet.

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