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33 Reasons to Be Happy You Went to Law School

By Robyn Hagan Cain | Last updated on

You've heard the gloom and doom and law-school-ruined-my-life talk, but what good does that do you if you're already in law school? Or if you've already graduated?

Spring is here, the sun is out, and I had a lot of caffeine this morning: It's time to look at the bright side of law school.

In the spirit of Barbara Ann Kipfer's "14,000 Things to Be Happy About" -- which, incidentally, I received from a friend after finishing law school -- here are 33 reasons to be happy you went to law school:

  1. You can watch legal dramas and claim it's research.
  2. You learned how to organize a trip around 20 different schedules thanks to the LSAT logic games.
  3. Law is one of the few professions that caters to functional alcoholics. But state bar associations have built in support for those who want help.
  4. Law school is shorter than med school.
  5. And less expensive.
  6. Lawyers are more employable than veterinarians.
  7. Your JD offers more transferable skills than an MBA.
  8. You actually understand liability waivers.
  9. It takes less time to get a JD than a PhD.
  10. Law has more employment prospects than academia.
  11. Your parents think you're Atticus Finch, even if you're really Saul Goodman.
  12. Speaking of Saul ... You know why he would have been disbarred by now.
  13. You spot the mistakes in "Suits."
  14. What else were you going to do with a liberal arts degree?
  15. Law school is basically your last chance to study abroad.
  16. And a second chance at high school.
  17. Bar associations throw great parties.
  18. "Esq." is pretentious, but it's pretty badass.
  19. You can find ways to incorporate your favorite lines from "My Cousin Vinny" and "Legally Blonde" into a professional setting.
  20. You might have seen half-naked models in the law library.
  21. Paula Franzese's BarBri lectures are amazing.
  22. Camaraderie of sharing bar exam horror stories.
  23. And at least the bar is only one test, not a series like the CFA.
  24. You already knew the Miranda rights from "Law & Order."
  25. You get praised for being argumentative.
  26. Law school is a good place to meet your soulmate.
  27. It's your only shot at a Supreme Court nomination.
  28. During controversial cases, you're everyone's constitutional expert, even if you don't know all 10 amendments in the Bill of Rights. (Who actually knows 7 and 9?)
  29. People will assume you're a good writer, even if you're not.
  30. Blogging can be part of your business plan.
  31. You can define yourself with a catchy slogan.
  32. It gives you an excuse to put your face on a billboard.
  33. Three words: Law. School. Prom.

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