Mamas 2011: Is a Law Degree a Good Investment Today?
24 Pages Posted: 11 Nov 2011 Last revised: 31 Dec 2012
Date Written: December 16, 2011
There continues to be an active debate on the question of whether or not law school is a good investment. I prefer to think of the question not in terms of “whether,” but in terms of “when.” In this essay, I conduct an analysis for three current undergraduates who are considering attending private law schools. I demonstrate how such individuals should take all known costs and all expected benefits into account in making their “investment” decision. As the calculation necessarily differs dramatically from one potential law student to another, my conclusions are far less important than my methodology.
Keywords: Law degree, Investment, Mamas, Economics, Education Law, Law and Economics, Legal Profession
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