For some, like my husband, it's an easy answer. Of course it was worth it! He's got a great job in a great firm working with great people and he can't complain about his salary. (Plus, he met yours truly in law school - does it get any better than that?).
Was law school worth it, when now you don't even use your law degree and spend the majority of your time child rearing?
And, more to the point:
Wasn't it a waste?
I've pondered this question from time to time, and it was actually posed to me recently by Annie Little, a blogger and writer for the website, Attorney at Work. She asked me, as well as nine other lawyers from various different backgrounds, how we subjectively viewed the value of our law degrees. The result was posted last Friday. Here's a snippet of my response (to view the entire response, click here and scroll down to #5 - and also check out all of the other responses!):
"When I graduated from law school back in 2005, a law degree meant money. I hadn't gone into law school expecting that. In fact, I had planned on going into public international law (whatever that is). But after three years of school, six digits of debt, and a multitude of offers in a booming economy, I went with the big ticket, big law offer.
But as the cliche goes, money doesn't buy happiness. And at a certain point, I realized that following the money didn't fit me and what I ultimately wanted in life: Children. After six years of firm practice and two children, I quit. At that point, I wondered if my law degree had any value at all anymore.
What a waste of a degree, I would think. All that time, hard work, expense... for what? I certainly didn't need my law degree to be a stay-at-home-mom. Laundry, cooking, and running after two (and then three) small children didn't require any legal skills. In fact, when people asked me what I did, I stopped telling them I was a lawyer.
Or was I? What makes a lawyer?"
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