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Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 12/ 3/2010

So you want to go to law school? A laugh/cry video

By Valerie Strauss

Here’s another video guaranteed to make you laugh and cry -- this one about an aspiring law student talking to a jaded, I mean veteran, lawyer. Earlier videos in the laugh/cry series are: on collaborative planning and
on becoming a professor

Here's some of my favorite dialogue from the law school video:

Student: I’m really excited about becoming a lawyer.

Lawyer: Oh my God. Why would you do that?

Student: I want to help people.

Lawyer: So you were premed and got a C in organic chemistry?

Student: D-plus, actually. How did you know?

Lawyer: Lucky guess. And now you can’t think of anything else to do.

Student: No. I want to help people.

Lawyer: You mentioned that. Do you really have any plan whatsoever?

Student: I love the Constitution.

Lawyer: Iif you say it is a living, breathing document, I am going to kill myself.

Student: But it is... It must be such a thrill to argue a constitutional issue.

Lawyer: Listen, there are like three lawyers in America who argue constitutional issues.
They all went to Harvard and graduated in the 1970s....

Student: The Constitution is so amazing.

Lawyer: You are going to make me take all my Ambien at the same time and then chase it with a glass of scotch.

Student: I really want to work on the important issues of the day.....I also want to work for legal aid. It must be so fascinating to help poor people with their legal problems.

Lawyer: What’s fascinating is that you will be one of these poor people. Except you will have $100,000 in law school debt.

Student: I’m not doing this for the money.

Lawyer: I hate you...

Student: You are just very jaded.

Lawyer: So how do you plan to pay for law school?

Student: I’ll have to take out a few loans?

Lawyer: You realize you will be paying those back for the next 20 years even if you decide you hate being a lawyer.

Student: I know I’m going to love it... I can’t wait to investigate my client’s case. It’s like being a detective.

Lawyer: Have you ever agreed to a mediation and then discovered the other side only requested it so a process server could trap your client in the bathroom of a Wendy’s?

Student: I really love alternative dispute resolution.

Laywer: Have you ever spent the Thanksgiving holiday reviewing 1.2 million pages of billing records in a warehouse in Topeka?

Student: I am very committed.

Lawyer: I think you should be committed.


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By Valerie Strauss  | December 3, 2010; 10:31 AM ET
Categories:  Laugh and cry  | Tags:  applying to law school, law school, lawyers, organic chemistry  
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Hi Valerie

I wrote the law school video -- thanks very much for posting it. I enjoyed your write-up on it.

Posted by: dwkazzie | December 2, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

This is incredibly funny!

Posted by: jlp19 | December 3, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

This video is brilliant! I was that naive law student nine years ago, before I buried myself in law school debt and discovered just how deadening the practice of law can be. I write about my experience and provide commentary on career choices in general at

Posted by: Careared | December 4, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

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