You Can Do Anything With a Law Degree?

The title of this article, as well as the common myth that "you can do anything with a law degree", are very misleading sentences.

While it is true that you can do almost anything with a law degree, it is equally true that you can do almost anything without one. The only difference between these two scenarios is that the person without the law degree can still do "almost anything", but without a six-figure student loan.

To make a very long story much shorter, don't go to law school unless you have a strong desire to practice law. Don't do what a miserable minority have done; by going to law school because they still don't know exactly what they want to do after college, or because they want to impress someone (or themselves). Such choices can be very costly mistakes.

Now that we have that clear, you should be aware that if you do go through law school and (like many) eventually decide not to practice, the law degree can be of help in achieving other licenses and careers. For example, a Juris Doctorate degree can streamline the path to obtaining CFP license, or could also help you gain entrance into the banking industry (trust management jobs for example). 

But, if you desire these careers, you would be better off to forego law school and aim your direction squarely at those careers.

To determine whether you want to practice law, rather than aim at alternate careers, you might want to look at: Is Law School For Me?