I just finished law school at a third tier school in May 2009. You can in fact find a job as an attorney after going to a lower tier school. But, you need to graduate in the top 25% of your class. I still have friends looking for jobs.
I knew before my last year of law school that I did not want to be an attorney. But, I was so close to being done I finished it. I do not entirely regret that decision. I have now been able to work and get a good salary for a year. The firm I work at includes many great individuals. So now I know for sure that no positive environment as an attorney will help be enjoy being alone in a quiet office will never fulfill me.
I did work at several law firms during undergrad and law school. I always thought that either a) the area of the law was not for me or b) the firm was not a good fit. I have now worked at very large and very small firms. None of it feels right. I can do this job fairly well. But, I do not like it.
I am now taking my pre-requisites to go to nursing school here in Kansas. I am going to do some nurse shadowing at an area hospital. You have to go through the "education" office to get this set up. Many hospitals were quite resistant b/c I am not in a nursing program yet. But I think I found one. I am also doing a CNA course to try and work part-time in the area and make sure I like it.
Anyone that has been an attorney - now a nurse. Does your JD help at all with advancement within a hospital after you have experience? I could see myself enjoying administration at some point.
Thanks so much!