Today, via Craigslist, we have a guy who maybe needs to give up the ghost on going to law school. He’s probably a very nice person who is a credit to his family, but the experience might not be for him. Hopefully he figures that out before somebody takes him up on his $10,000 tutoring offer.
Yeah, there’s a guy on Craigslist who is willing to pay a private tutor $10,000 if he or she can help him get a 160 or better on the LSAT. To this point, he’s taken two test prep courses and studied using various books, but hasn’t broken 155.
At least the kid has the good sense to not go to a law school that would be thrilled to have him at 155. But I think he should continue acting with self-restraint and find something better to do with his ten grand….
Don’t get me wrong — in a way, I admire this guy. There are lots of people who end up going to the law school their score dictates, and then complain about how elitist people are when it comes to legal education, instead of just getting a better score on the damn LSAT.
Most people can do very well on the LSAT as long as they take a good prep course, read the materials, or just take a bunch of practice tests. Getting better than a 160 is an attainable goal for most people.
But maybe not all people. Here’s the Craigslist ad (click to enlarge):
Yeah, buddy, I don’t think this is going to have a happy ending for you. Even if you get a 160.
That’s because we are dealing with a prospective law student who, as usual, hasn’t really thought about the actual practice of law that lies beyond the golden gates of law school. First, there is a huge entrance exam for the profession that is (trust me) harder than the LSAT. If you can’t motivate yourself to study for six to eight hours a day, you are not going to pass the bar.
What am I talking about? You’re barely going to pass law school if you need a “personal trainer” to help you do some sh** you’re supposed to do.
Second, even if (through expensive personal tutoring) you magically get through law school and pass the bar, you are going to have to work, sometimes for more than six to eight hours a day, all by yourself. The practice of law is often a solitary experience. The stakes couldn’t be higher (for your clients). And yet you still have to be able to answer questions on demand.
You can be a very good lawyer without doing very well on the LSAT. You are going to have a hard time being a competent lawyer if you have a problem with self-discipline.
But it’s not all bad. There are tons of things you can do instead of being a lawyer. Heck, who even wants to waste three years in school when you’ve got $10K to throw around and can chill on Laguna Beach? You don’t need to go to law school; you need to go to bro school.
Seriously buddy, if you give some personal LSAT nimrod $10,000, I’ll shoot you on general principle.
$10,000 to tutor me for the Dec 2011 LSAT [Craigslist]