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The Strangehold of a Legal Education | Occupied Stories

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The Strangehold of a Legal Education

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Stockbridge, MI – I just graduated law school. I’m 31. I was not allowed to work while in school. I was forced to take out larger loans and live off the rest. We were threatened with expulsion if we violated this rule. The school did not tell me this until I had relocated from Wisconsin to Massachusetts to start school.

I graduated last month and had to move to Michigan immediately. My boyfriend has two brain tumors and his insurance only works here. It will also not cover most of his treatments and surgeries.

I am really excited about mediation. To be a mediator here, one must obtain certification. The certification costs over $900. They did offer me a student discount which brought it down to just over $600. I can not afford that. I am currently staying on a farm and performing manual labor for rent.
The bar, is only in July and February. I am not sure what it costs here yet, but in Mass, it is $800. Again, I can not utilize my degree for either of these jobs without shelling out much more money, which I don’t have because I was not allowed to work.

I am learning to grow my own food, use a wood stove, and live on very little. My boyfriend and I are also avid freegans (we dig in trash).
I just lost a crown in the front of my mouth. I am getting it temporarily fixed tomorrow, but its been two weeks and its hard to go to job interviews with a visible missing tooth. I can’t afford a ‘real’ crown.

I make soap and organic skin care that I sell on etsy and hopefully locally.

I appear to be much more employable than I was before I obtained this degree. Now, when I try to bartend, or anything else I’ve done in the past… they laugh at me.
I can’t work in my field without certifications, licenses, and/ or experience.

It amazes me that I was better off before going to graduate school.

The state of our educational system is a disgrace. A professor sent me a letter of recommendation today.

He included this:
“I just forwarded you the letter of recommendation I wrote. ┬áHope it helps in this crappy economy!”

He even mentioned it in his letter. He spoke of how scare jobs were for recent law graduates.

They don’t warn us before we enter school… they don’t tell us that we will have more debt than our parent’s mortgages… they don’t tell us that we are dooming ourselves.
I want to warn anyone considering a higher education…right now, its not worth it.

-Sky-

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