Dear Future Law Student

by Doug Zanes | Last Updated: April 24, 2015

Dear Future Law Student,

I will never forget the day I walked up to my supervising attorney at a personal injury law firm I was currently working at, eyes wide, full of life “I’m going to law school!”

That’s not the part I remember, it was his response – “don’t do it.”  And then two years later when I came back, eyes full of frustration and simultaneous relief after quitting law school – he said to me –  a room full of attorneys and executives “well, you are the smartest person in the room now.”

Still confused? Let’s start from the top… DO NOT GO TO LAW SCHOOL.

Now, I know that there are plenty of readers at this very moment, shaking their head, convincing themselves that it’s different for them. They are smarter, brighter, this is THEIR DREAM. And normally, I am the first one to paint the rainbow for you and send you on a floating cloud straight into your beautifully altered state of reality telling you, Deepak Chopra style, to speak into existence what you want.


This is different. In fact, others before me have written about this very topic and with far more fervor and detail! Eureka!

And so, rather than type out my endless, comparative list of cons and cons of going to law school, I believe that Tucker Max NY #1 Best Selling Author of “I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell” condenses it perfectly and eloquently into six categories of “Why You Should Not Go to Law School”

If you skipped the link right about this line here, you missed the “you could be debt free, happy and sane…if you don’t go to law school” boat… Seriously go back to the blue link and read… THE WHOLE ARTICLE….

If you still want to go, I leave you with the articles concluding remarks

“Here is the funny thing about this piece: Every bit of knowledge in this piece was conferred to me before I got to law school. Much of it was told to me BY LAWYERS who repeatedly stressed how much they HATED their jobs. At this point, even the ABA is telling college kids not to go to law school.

You know what I did? I ignored it. I mean, sure all of those other assholes may be miserable and may hate the legal profession, but what do they know, they’re only lawyers? If you’re laughing at my ignorance, you’re right to laugh. I was stupid.

Don’t be me. Don’t go to law school.


The Happiest (but still in debt) Law School Dropout


This discussion continues over at our talk show episode: Law School: TO GO OR NOT TO GO?



Doug Zanes: Founding Attorney Raised in Douglas, Arizona, and went to college at Arizona State University and graduated from law school at St. Mary’s University School of Law in Texas. Doug began practicing law in Phoenix Arizona in 1997.
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