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By Randy Bhuvelt ,
Law School. L,
The very thought conjures up visions of thick books, big
words, midnight oU, hard work and a iot of money.
But to many NU law students and UNL undergraduates
considering a legal career, these visions are outweighed by a
variety of other reasons. Reasons that make the three-year-grind"
"I'd like to be a respected person in the community and
make a lot of money ,,f Randy Jauken, a senior accounting
and economics major, said. "Lawyers have always held a
position of respect in society."
Jauken, who is scheduled to take the Law School Admis
sion Test (LSAT) Oct. 11, said he always has been interest
ed In law because it is basic to social structure. ;
The law holds society together," he said. -r-i
Nelson Karre, a UNL junior law student, claims one
reason he went to law school was because he couldn t do
"ave' B.A. degree in American Studies," he said.
"There wasn't a lot of other things I could have done. I
think many others have the same problem. ,
Strengthened the impetus
Karre said his brother's graduation from law school
strengthened the Impetus for him to go but there were also
Having a law degree opens up a lot of opportunities,
he said. "It is just good training." -
Karre said making big money as a lawyer wasntamajor
reason for going to law school, but "it doesn t hurt.
Jeanne Wetta! also a junior law student, said money
wasn't a factor in her decision to study law. "Lawyers
aren't making that much anymore," she said.
"I went into law because I like to read and I didn t want
a nine-to-five job, doing the same thing every day," she
said. ' -
Wetta said pressure from family and friends probably
cause: many students to enter lw school, but it wasn't her
Del Gustafson, a senior studying political science, said
"money per se" isn't his reason for wanting to go to law
school. He said a law degree would help him reach his
ultimate goals. ,
"It sounds interesting"
"I've always felt that a career in law would be helpful
for the achievement of some of my personal goals of a
political and social nature," he said. "Besides, it sounds
interesting and it wouldn't be the same thing everyday."
Gustafson will take the LSAT Oct. 11,
Elaine Waggoner, a freshman law student, said she has
wanted to be a lawyer ever since she was five years old.
"It always seemed interesting to me," she said. "Then,
when someone told me that women just aren't lawyers, it
made me all the more determined." '
Cynthia Peters, also a freshman law student, said being a
woman had nothing to do with her studying law, but that
her previous job started her on her way.
"I worked for different attorneys for two years," she
said. "I finally got tired of being talked down to and
decided that legal training would equalize the situation."
Both Waggoner and Peters said money was not a factor
in their decision to go to law school.
Freshman law student Barry Waid traced his interest in
law back to eighth grade.
Likes to discus, and argue
"I was an expert witness in a breach of contract case
when I was 14," Waid said. "Since then, I've really been
interested in law."
Waid, who received a B.A. in Political Science when he
graduated last December, said law was best suited to him
because he likes to discuss and argue.
Robert Dewey, a pre-law advisor in the College of Arts
and Sciences, noted other reasons why students choose .
"Many are interested in law school because they see it as
a challenging field," he said. "Other students have a
particular interest in law school to supplement other careers
such as construction management or agriculture.
"Some have said they have relatives who are lawyers and
like the way they live," Dewey added. 'That's what they
base their decision on."
, Dewey said students have never told him they want to
go into law to make money or because of the prestiege
associated with a law career, but said these could be under
. Declining market for Ph.D'i
Dorf Shaneyfelt, assistant dean of the NU College of
Law, gave two main reasons why students decide on law
careers. First, he cited a declining market for many Ph.D's.
"So the law college siphons off students from many areas,"
Shaneyfelt also said many people become interested in
law because of national and international situations where
law is gaining importance.
For the most part, law students and prospective law
students agree that the law itself is interesting enough to
make the three year stay in law school worthwhile.
Only one prospective law student, who wished to remain
anonymous, said she wants to go to law school solely be
cause it will delay getting out of school for three years.
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