Law school


I had a dream last night that I went back to Vanderbilt — to go to law school. I know from my time at Vandy working on my PhD that the law school is one of the best anywhere, and the law students I ran into all seemed interesting, friendly, and very intelligent. But for the life of me, I can’t figure out why I might have been dreaming about this.

I also can’t figure out — having read through Vandy’s law curriculum earlier this morning out of curiosity — exactly how you determine whether or not you’re really cut out for law school; how to distinguish between a passing interest in the law versus an interest deep enough to legitimize making the commitment to go to law school; how to determine what your interests are once you’re in; what kinds of work are required of students; what the grading and assessment is like; how to more or less guarantee yourself a job once you’re out; how to justify uprooting a wife and two kids for three years to go to law school; and most of all, how to afford the $38,000/year tuition aside from going into debt.

It’s pretty clear that the probability of my ever going to law school is basically nil, but I have had students in the past (Jessica, are you still out there?) who’ve expressed interest themselves, and it’s a stock recruitment device for math people to say that law schools look favorably upon math majors. If that’s the case, I wouldn’t mind knowing the answers to those questions above just so I’ll have some idea of what I’m talking about.

[Update: Unrelated aside, but I didn’t know until checking the links a moment ago that 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus was a Vanderbilt alumnus (PhD economics, 1971). Cool. It’s always nice when people smarter than you are get a PhD from the same institution! ]

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